The research objectives of the project are to:
Use the honeybees’ minibrain to advance our understanding of the computational bases of navigation and action selection.
Reproduce these behaviours in minimal neural models running on computational hardware in virtual environments.
Develop neural modelling and hardware tools and techniques to a level at which real-time large-scale neural simulation on low-power, low-weight, high-throughput processor technology is feasible.
Develop flying robot platforms that replicate the sensory capabilities and flight dynamics of the honeybee to a high level of fidelity.
Deploy results from objectives 1 to 4 to develop and test on-board autonomous real-time controllers for flying robots.