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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VIRTUAL Junior Scientist Workshop on Mechanistic Cognitive Neuroscience (Nov 15-21, 2020) - Janelia https://janeliaconf.smapply.io/prog/CNW20/?utm_source=Conf+List_Neural+Circuits+%26+Behavior+Labs&utm_campaign=ee4c0f8465-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_04_21_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0930e46f9e-ee4c0f8465-70117333&mc_cid=ee4c0f8465&mc_eid=021115898d

How do we get our bearings when moving from place to place? To figure out how the brain does it, we dissected the head direction network in fruit flies: https://www.cell.com/neuron/fulltext/S0896-6273(20)30613-9 #ringattractor 1/7

Want to learn more about ant navigation and the role of mushroom bodies in the process? Here is a little dispatch in @CurrentBiology highlighting two recent exciting papers on the topic. https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1biLd3QW8Ru8SZ @LundVision

A bee’s brain has only a million neurons (in contrast to our 85 billion), so mapping their brains is informing scientists about larger systems – and the development of AI. @Macquarie_Uni @sheffielduni @DrJimminy#research #PodcastRecommendations


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Introducing the MiniBee V1!

We have been developing our own quad copters to replicate the senses and flight of honey bees. Minibee is the new smallest member of our quad copter family. With panoramic [...]

Workshop on Insect and Robot Neuroethology

Insect neuroethology: From brains and behaviours to models and robots. The Brains on Board project is delighted to host a one-day workshop on insect neuroethology and computational neuroscience at the University of Sussex. We are enthused [...]

Brains on Board feature by the BBC

 The BBC has published a short film about the Brains on Board project, featuring an interview with Andy Philippides from our team at the University of Sussex.

Ethical Innovation in AI and Robotics

James Marshall and colleagues from the University of Sheffield have contributed to a feature aired by Canadian news broadcaster CBS News on concerns over lethal autonomous weapons systems. [...]

“Brains on Board” EPSRC Programme Grant kicks off

For the first time, researchers from four major UK research centres are coming together with their academic and industrial collaborators in London to talk about how they can create neuromorphic controllers with the capabilities of [...]

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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