What if we could design an autonomous flying robot with the navigational and learning abilities of a honeybee?

Such a computationally and energy-efficient autonomous robot would represent a step-change in robotics technology and is precisely what the ‘Brains on Board’ project aims to achieve

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Mushroom Body Meeting 2021 - ⁦@DrTNowotny⁩ will present project work done with fellow project-member James Bennett https://mushroom-body-meeting.org/speakers/

Our project lead @DrJimminy is talking @RoySocMed next week #RSMLive https://www.rsm.ac.uk/events/retired-fellows/2020-21/rtp55/?_cldee=ZG9janJvc2VuYmVyZ0Bhb2wuY29t&recipientid=contact-cfabf469fc22e911a8a600224800449b-a139670a930b407c850160e80a102239&utm_source=ClickDimensions&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ACD.RFS.webinars&esid=fbadc969-648d-eb11-b1ac-0022481a6127

Six years ago the idea for this project started over a conference beer. Thanks to Rachel Templin (QBI) for kickstarting this! @MarcelSayre has turned the data into a picturesque new preprint about the bumblebee CX projectome @LundVision @ERC_Research https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.03.26.437137v1

AIhub ambassador @AnilOzdemir__ interviewed @EGVasilaki (Head of the Machine Learning group at @sheffielduni) about her work on bio-inspired machine learning. https://twitter.com/aihuborg/status/1364901302480822279

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Honeybees can solve maths test without using numbers

Research conducted jointly between the University of Sheffield and international collaborators has provided insight into the mathematical cognition of the honeybee. The research found that honeybees could use continuous, non-numerical cues to solve a maths [...]

Opteran closes £2.1m seed round

Brains on Board project spinout Opteran Technologies today announced its £2.1m seed funding round, led by IQ Capital, with participation from Episode 1, Seraphim, and Join. The investment will enable them to further develop and [...]

AAAS UKRI International Reception

Members of the Brains on Board team were invited to present at the UKRI International Reception, as part of the American Association for the Advancement of Science's 2020 Annual Meeting in Seattle. The world's largest [...]

Robot Hackathon for Creativity@Home

Using Creativity@Home funds, the Brains on Board project team spent a day working with the Centre for Facilitation on a robot hackathon, to develop their creative problem-solving skills. Three teams worked to try and develop [...]

Active AI grant funded

Members of the Brains on Board team have been awarded a further £1m from EPSRC to collaborate with Australian experts in invertebrate behaviour. The new grant, Active AI, is led by Prof Andy Philippides for [...]

The “Brains on Board” team supports open-access publishing and aims to share and disseminate outcomes to researchers and the public alike

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Meet the “Brains on Board” Project Team, Advisory Board, and Partners.

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Research Centres

+ Sheffield Robotics – University of Sheffield

+ Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics – University of Sussex

+ Department of Biological and Experimental Psychology – Queen Mary University of London

+ Department of Biomedical Sciences – University of Sheffield

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