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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Project spinout @opterantech - led by project PI @DrJimminy and by Dr Alex Cope - has closed their seed round - great to see project research beginning to make a commercial impact...

@DrTNowotny A slightly faster GPU, several small improvements including a more efficient way to record spikes and yeah - we can now run this model quite a bit faster than real-time - even with the additional overheads of driving GeNN from Python rather than C++ (papers pending)

We’re hiring! We seek an excellent software engineer to help us develop our processes and pipelines. Apply to join us at the beginning of our journey: https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/1561418768/?refId=274811811604327817176

In this podcast episode I speak about Charles Henry Turner's pioneering work on animal cognition, the barriers he faced in his career for the colour of his skin and the importance of diversity and inclusion in science today


Charles H. Turner, pioneer in animal cognition

An African American scientist’s early discoveries are forgotten for all the wrong reasons


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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 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. [...]

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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