Colloquium: Small brains, smart minds: Vision, navigation and cognition in honeybees and applications to robotics
by Professor Mandyam Srinivasan
Abstract: Anyone who has watched a fly make a flawless landing on the rim of a teacup, or marvelled at a honeybee speeding home after collecting nectar from a flower patch several kilometres away, would know that insects possess visual systems that are fast, reliable and accurate. Insects cope remarkably well with their world, despite possessing a brain that carries fewer than 0.01% as many neurons as ours does. This talk will describe research aimed at understanding the mechanisms underlying visual perception, navigation, learning, memory and â€œcognitionâ€ in honeybees. It will also describe opportunities for incorporating insect-inspired principles into the design of autonomously navigating robots.
For More Information: Contact Paul Pearce (P.Pearce@ms.unimelb.edu.au) or Paul Norbury (P.Norbury@ms.unimelb.edu.au)