Speaker : 

Kiaran Lawson (PhD Exit Seminar)

Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland

Title: "From bugs to bots: examining insect flight behaviour for potential robotic applications"

Abstract: Through evolution, insects have evolved into skilful fliers. Despite their miniature brains, they are able to accomplish a plethora of tasks mid-air. On the other side of the spectrum, the autonomous flight industry is witnessing exponential growth in the last few decades. However, even with the current state-of-the-art technology, unmanned aerial systems struggle to perform tasks autonomously under real-life environments. A possible solution to this emerging problem may come from understanding and adopting the efficient and robust algorithms insects use to fly in cluttered environments. This presentation outlines the key contributions of the thesis, which constitute a step-by-step approach from examining tethered insect flight behaviour to modelling these behaviours for potential applications in robotics.




About Neuroscience Seminars

Neuroscience seminars at the QBI play a major role in the advancement of neuroscience in the Asia-Pacific region. The primary goal of these seminars is to promote excellence in neuroscience through the exchange of ideas, establishing new collaborations and augmenting partnerships already in place.

Seminars in the QBI Auditorium on Level 7 are held on Wednesdays at 12-1pm, which are sometimes simulcast on Zoom (with approval from the speaker). We also occassionally hold seminars from international speakers via Zoom. The days and times of these seminars will vary depending on the time zone of the speaker. Please see each seminar listed below for details. 


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