School Seminars and Colloquia

Colloquium: Small brains, smart minds: Vision, navigation and cognition in honeybees and applications to robotics


by Professor Mandyam Srinivasan

Institution: Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland
Date: Tue 18th August 2009
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Russell Love Theatre, Richard Berry Bldg, The Uni of Melb

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 “cognition” in honeybees. It will also describe opportunities for incorporating insect-inspired principles into the design of autonomously navigating robots.

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