Mike Mangan, University of Sheffield & Andrew Philippides, University of Sussex.

Title: "Brains-on-board robots: testing embodied neural circuits in the wild"

Abstract: Increases in computing power in the last decades have led to many advances in the scale and precision with which researchers can model neural signalling. However, an animal’s intelligent or adaptive behaviour originates not from the brain in isolation, but emerges from brains actively perceiving and interacting with the environment that they have been evolved in. As such, to accurately assess models of intelligent behaviour, we must test them as they act within the animal’s natural habitat. Here, we will review the ActiveAI project in which we aim to test models of insect behaviour in real world conditions by implementing neural circuits on-board robots in natural environments. We will discuss the modelling tools that we have with the hope of inspiring UK-UQ collaborations.


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