Bee Brains at BrisScience

BrisScience on Monday 27th will deal with how bees do such amazing stuff with tiny brains. Details over the fold

SMALL BRAINS, SMART MINDS: VISION, NAVIGATION, AND ‘COGNITION’ IN HONEYBEES AND APPLICATION TO ROBOTICS

Monday August 27th, 6:30-7:30pm:
Prof. Mandyam V. Srinivasan – “Small Brains, Smart Minds: Vision, Navigation, and ‘Cognition’ in Honeybees and Applications to Robotics”
Ithaca Room, City Hall
Free

There will be a refreshments after the talk, and Srini will be available to answer questions.

Please forward on this announcement to friends and colleagues. For
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at http://www.BrisScience.org or contact Joel Gilmore (0411 267 044,
joel@BrisScience.org). Looking forward to seeing you on the night!

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SMALL BRAINS, SMART MINDS: VISION, NAVIGATION, AND ‘COGNITION’ IN HONEYBEES AND APPLICATION TO ROBOTICS – Prof. Mandyam V. Srinivasan

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 novel, autonomous robots.

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