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Small brains, smart computations: Vision and navigation in honeybees, and applications to robotics

Srinivasan, Mandyam V

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Flying insects provide a clear demonstration that living organisms can display surprisingly competent mechanisms of guidance and navigation, despite possessing relatively small brains and simple nervous systems. Consequently, they are proving to be excellent organisms in which to investigate how visual information is exploited to guide locomotion and navigation. Three illustrative examples are described here, in the context of navigation to a destination. Bees negotiate narrow gaps by balancing...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorSrinivasan, Mandyam V
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T21:53:38Z
dc.identifier.issn0531-5131
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/38591
dc.description.abstractFlying insects provide a clear demonstration that living organisms can display surprisingly competent mechanisms of guidance and navigation, despite possessing relatively small brains and simple nervous systems. Consequently, they are proving to be excellent organisms in which to investigate how visual information is exploited to guide locomotion and navigation. Three illustrative examples are described here, in the context of navigation to a destination. Bees negotiate narrow gaps by balancing the speeds of the images in the two eyes. The flight speed is regulated by holding constant the average image velocity as seen by the two eyes. Smooth landings on a horizontal surface are achieved by holding image velocity constant as the surface is approached, thus automatically ensuring that the flight speed is close to zero at touchdown. Tests of the feasibility of some of these navigational strategies, by implementation in robots, are described.
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.sourceInternational Congress Series
dc.subjectKeywords: Flight; Insect vision; Landing; Optic flow; Terrain following
dc.titleSmall brains, smart computations: Vision and navigation in honeybees, and applications to robotics
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume1291
dc.date.issued2006
local.identifier.absfor179999 - Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.absfor170103 - Educational Psychology
local.identifier.ariespublicationu9204316xPUB163
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationSrinivasan, Mandyam V, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage30
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage37
local.identifier.doi10.1016/j.ics.2006.01.055
dc.date.updated2015-12-09T07:19:31Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-33744790583
CollectionsANU Research Publications

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