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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Interested in how the circuits of the insect central complex could be implemented as nanophotonic hardware? Check out the result of our multidisciplinary collaboration here: https://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/acsphotonics.0c01003 Hopefully we can go beyond simulations soon! @ERC_Research @NanoLund @LundVision

Develop team building, STEM skills and more with our augmented reality robotics competition. Find out how you can sign up your class here: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/l/1czs9b

Has your class signed up for The School Robot Competition 2020 yet? The competition is open until the 23rd October https://www.twinkl.co.uk/l/h7lj8 #STEMLearning #Robot #Competition

Can your class master Mars? School robot competition, organised by @EPSRC UK-RAS Network & Twinkl, open to school groups aged between 8 and 14 years. Closing date Friday 23rd October. More info https://conta.cc/2FIALkL

Fancy a trip to Mars this autumn? Check out our School Robot Competition in partnership with @twinklresources to design your own robot and win some amazing prizes! https://www.twinkl.co.uk/l/h7lj8 #STEMLearning #Robotics #Competition

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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 [...]

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 [...]

Participation in UKRI review of Artificial Intelligence

Brains on Board project investigators Prof James Marshall, Prof Thomas Nowotny, and Prof Eleni Vasilaki participated in a number of workshops held by UK Research and Innovation, with participation from other research councils and the [...]

Introducing BeeBot V2!

The Brains on Board team in Sheffield Robotics are proud to unveil their new custom research quadcopter, BeeBotV2. Unlike the MiniBeeV1 platform, BeeBotV2 enables on-board brain models, with a modular compute and sensor payload; [...]

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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