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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thanks to @Episode1VC for chatting to @DavidRajan about why we think bees have a better way to do #AI better than #DeepLearning https://twitter.com/Episode1VC/status/1440997584668135427

#Bees are really good at minimizing how far they fly to find food. Mathieu Lihoreau trainedšŸs to forage from an array of 5šŸŒ¼s with equal rewards. Once each bee had formed a stable foraging route (trapline), we introduced a single highly rewardingšŸŒ¼to see how routes might change

Pleasure talking to @Sherryn_G about the limitations of current approaches to AI, and how @opterantech is moving beyond themā€¦ https://twitter.com/Sherryn_G/status/1414429146248146946

The awards keep on coming! Very proud to announce weā€™re among the 2021 RBR50 Robotics Innovation Award Honorees by @RoboticBusiness itā€™s great to see Natural Intelligence recognised for its potential to overcome the problems of #deeplearning https://bit.ly/3gBzETr #robotics #AI

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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; [...]

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 andĀ behavioursĀ 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

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

The ā€œBrains on Boardā€ team supports open-access publishing and aims to share and disseminate outcomes to researchers and the public alike

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Meet the ā€œBrains on Boardā€ 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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