Neuroscience of vision and aerial robotics

Research from Srinivasan’s laboratory has transformed our understanding of the elegant ‘short cuts’ that are used by animals with small brains and relatively simple nervous systems to see and perceive their world, and to navigate in it. Their studies have revealed how flying insects negotiate narrow gaps, regulate the height and speed of flight, estimate distance flown, and orchestrate smooth landings. Apart from enhancing fundamental knowledge, these findings have led to novel, biologically inspired approaches to the design of guidance systems for unmanned aerial vehicles with applications in the areas of surveillance, security and planetary exploration.

When navigating through cluttered environments, flying organisms continually face the challenge of selecting safe, collision-free routes. The group has investigated how bees choose between alternative routes by offering them a choice between two apertures through which they can fly to reach a food source. When the apertures are equally wide, some individuals display random choices, while other individuals display a clear left- or right-bias, depending upon the individual. These findings demonstrate, for the first time, that even insects can demonstrate individually varying 'handedness'. They also provide novel insights into the strategies that a swarm of bees might use to move efficiently through dense foliage.

In another study, conducted in collaboration with Boeing Defence Australia and the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), the lab is investigating biologically inspired strategies for the avoidance of mid-air collisions. High-speed video footage of budgerigars flying past each other is providing information about the guidance laws that could potentially be applied to automatically avert mid-air collisions in aircraft.

The Biorobotics laboratory has developed algorithms for:

  1. visually guided long-range navigation, based on honeybee navigation; 
  2. detection of moving airborne objects; and 
  3. pursuit and interception of moving objects, based on the group’s studies of aggressive bees.

Contact

  +61 7 334 66322

  m.srinivasan@uq.edu.au

  Lab website


Group Publications

Research Areas

  • Vision, flight, and navigation 
  • Left-right bias
  • Design of biologically-inspired aircraft systems


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Group Leader

  • Professor Srini Srinivasan

    Professor
    School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering
    Professorial Research Fellow
    Queensland Brain Institute

Students


Support Staff

  • Miss Hong Vo

    PhD Student
    Queensland Brain Insitute
    Casual Academic - Phys/Pharm
    School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Mr Peter Anderson

    Casual Professional Staff
    Queensland Brain Institute
  • Mr Dustin Venini

    Casual RA - Nelson & Casual RA - Dux
    School of Psychology
    Casual Research Assistant
    Queensland Brain Institute


Strategies for pre-emptive mid-air collision avoidance in budgerigars

Schiffner, Ingo, Perez, Tristan and Srinivasan, Mandyam V. (2016) Strategies for pre-emptive mid-air collision avoidance in budgerigars. PLoS One11 9: . doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0162435

Bio-inspired principles applied to the guidance, navigation and control of UAS

Strydom, Reuben, Denuelle, Aymeric and Srinivasan, Mandyam V. (2016) Bio-inspired principles applied to the guidance, navigation and control of UAS. Aerospace3 3: . doi:10.3390/aerospace3030021

Anticipatory manoeuvres in bird flight

Vo, Hong D., Schiffner, Ingo and Srinivasan, Mandyam V. (2016) Anticipatory manoeuvres in bird flight. Scientific Reports6 27591: 1-8. doi:10.1038/srep27591

Budgerigar flight in a varying environment: flight at distinct speeds?

Schiffner, Ingo and Srinivasan, Mandyam V. (2016) Budgerigar flight in a varying environment: flight at distinct speeds?. Biology Letters12 6: 1-4. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2016.0221

TCM: a vision-based algorithm for distinguishing between stationary and moving objects irrespective of depth contrast from a UAS

Strydom, Reuben, Thurrowgood, Saul, Denuelle, Aymeric and Srinivasan, Mandyam V. (2016) TCM: a vision-based algorithm for distinguishing between stationary and moving objects irrespective of depth contrast from a UAS.International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems13 3: . doi:10.5772/62846

Using an abstract geometry in virtual reality to explore choice behaviour: visual flicker preferences in honeybees

Van De Poll, Matthew N., Zajaczkowski, Esmi L., Taylor, Gavin J., Srinivasan, Mandyam V. and van Swinderen, Bruno (2015) Using an abstract geometry in virtual reality to explore choice behaviour: visual flicker preferences in honeybees. Journal of Experimental Biology218 21: 3448-3460. doi:10.1242/jeb.125138

Insects modify their behaviour depending on the feedback sensor used when walking on a trackball in virtual-reality

Taylor, Gavin J., Paulk, Angelique C., Pearson, Thomas W., Moore, Richard J. D., Stacey, Jacqui A., Ball, David, van Swinderen, Bruno and Srinivasan, Mandyam V. (2015) Insects modify their behaviour depending on the feedback sensor used when walking on a trackball in virtual-reality. Journal of Experimental Biology218 19: 3118-3127. doi:10.1242/jeb.125617

Direct evidence for vision-based control of flight speed in budgerigars

Schiffner, Ingo and Srinivasan, Mandyam V. (2015) Direct evidence for vision-based control of flight speed in budgerigars. Scientific Reports5 10992: 1-7. doi:10.1038/srep10992

Where paths meet and cross: navigation by path integration in the desert ant and the honeybee

Srinivasan, Mandyam V. (2015) Where paths meet and cross: navigation by path integration in the desert ant and the honeybee. Journal of Comparative Physiology201 6: 533-546. doi:10.1007/s00359-015-1000-0

Of bees, birds, and 'bots

Srinivasan, Mandyam V. (2015) Of bees, birds, and 'bots. IEEE Potentials34 2: 20-25. doi:10.1109/MPOT.2014.2372061

Convergence of object focused simultaneous estimation of optical flow and state dynamics

Bauer, Nicholas, Pathirana, Pubudu, Ekanayake, Samitha and Srinivasan, Mandyam (2014) Convergence of object focused simultaneous estimation of optical flow and state dynamics. International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems11 158.1-158.11. doi:10.5772/58698

Minding the gap: in-flight body awareness in birds

Schiffner, Ingo, Vo, Hong D., Bhagavatula, Partha S. and Srinivasan, Mandyam V. (2014) Minding the gap: in-flight body awareness in birds. Frontiers in Zoology11 1: 64.1-64.9. doi:10.1186/s12983-014-0064-y

On the use of optical flow for scene change detection and description

Nourani-Vatani, Navid, Borges, Paulo Vinicius Koerich, Roberts, Jonathan M. and Srinivasan, Mandyam V. (2014) On the use of optical flow for scene change detection and description. Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems: Theory and Applications74 3-4: 817-846. doi:10.1007/s10846-013-9840-8

Selective attention in the honeybee optic lobes precedes behavioral choices

Paulk, Angelique C., Stacey, Jacqueline A., Pearson, Thomas W. J., Taylor, Gavin J., Moore, Richard J. D., Srinivasan, Mandyam V. and Van Swinderen, Bruno (2014) Selective attention in the honeybee optic lobes precedes behavioral choices. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America111 13: 5006-5011. doi:10.1073/pnas.1323297111

FicTrac: A visual method for tracking spherical motion and generating fictive animal paths

Moore, Richard J. D., Taylor, Gavin J., Paulk, Angelique C., Pearson, Thomas, van Swinderen, Bruno and Srinivasan, Mandyam V. (2014) FicTrac: A visual method for tracking spherical motion and generating fictive animal paths.Journal of Neuroscience Methods225 106-119. doi:10.1016/j.jneumeth.2014.01.010

Honeybee navigation: critically examining the role of the polarization compass

Evangelista, C., Kraft, P., Dacke, M., Labhart, T. and Srinivasan, M. V. (2014) Honeybee navigation: critically examining the role of the polarization compass. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences,369 1636: 20130037.1-20130037.12. doi:10.1098/rstb.2013.0037

A biologically inspired, vision-based guidance system for automatic landing of a fixed-wing aircraft

Thurrowgood, Saul, Moore,Richard J. D., Soccol, Dean, Knight, Michael and Srinivasan, Mandyam V. (2014) A biologically inspired, vision-based guidance system for automatic landing of a fixed-wing aircraft. Journal of Field Robotics31 4: 699-727. doi:10.1002/rob.21527

Behavioral Lateralization and Optimal Route Choice in Flying Budgerigars

Bhagavatula, Partha S., Claudianos, Charles, Ibbotson, Michael R. and Srinivasan, Mandyam V. (2014) Behavioral Lateralization and Optimal Route Choice in Flying Budgerigars. Plos Computational Biology10 3: e1003473.1-e1003473.13. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003473

Going with the flow: A brief history of the study of the honeybee's navigational 'odometer'

Srinivasan, Mandyam V. (2014) Going with the flow: A brief history of the study of the honeybee's navigational 'odometer'. Journal of Comparative Physiology A200 6: 563-573. doi:10.1007/s00359-014-0902-6

Behavioural lateralization in budgerigars varies with the task and the individual

Schiffner, Ingo and Srinivasan, Mandyam V. (2013) Behavioural lateralization in budgerigars varies with the task and the individual. PLoS One8 12: e82670.1-e82670.8. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0082670

A universal strategy for visually guided landing

Baird, Emily, Boeddeker, Norbert, Ibbotson, Michael R. and Srinivasan, Mandyam V. (2013) A universal strategy for visually guided landing. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America110 46: 18686-18691. doi:10.1073/pnas.1314311110

Vision and air flow combine to streamline flying honeybees

Taylor, Gavin J., Luu, Tien, Ball, David and Srinivasan, Mandyam V. (2013) Vision and air flow combine to streamline flying honeybees. Scientific Reports3 2614: 1-11. doi:10.1038/srep02614

Asynchronous frameless event-based optical flow

Benosman, Ryad, Ieng, Sio-Hoi, Clercq, Charles, Bartolozzi, Chiara and Srinivasan, Mandyam (2012) Asynchronous frameless event-based optical flow. Neural Networks27 32-37. doi:10.1016/j.neunet.2011.11.001

Optic flow cues guide flight in birds

Bhagavatula, Partha S., Claudianos, Charles, Ibbotson, Michael R. and Srinivasan, Mandyam V. (2011) Optic flow cues guide flight in birds. Current Biology21 21: 1794-1799. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2011.09.009

Visual control of navigation in insects and its relevance for robotics

Srinivasan, Mandyam V. (2011) Visual control of navigation in insects and its relevance for robotics. Current Opinion in Neurobiology21 4: 535-543. doi:10.1016/j.conb.2011.05.020

Honeybee flight: A novel ‘streamlining’ response

Luu, Tien, Cheung, Allen, Ball, David and Srinivasan, Mandyam V. (2011) Honeybee flight: A novel ‘streamlining’ response. The Journal of Experimental Biology214 13: 2215-2225. doi:10.1242/jeb.050310

Honeybees as a model for the study of visually guided flight, navigation and biologically inspired robotics

Srinivasan, Mandyam V. (2011) Honeybees as a model for the study of visually guided flight, navigation and biologically inspired robotics. Physiological Reviews91 2: 413-460. doi:10.1152/physrev.00005.2010

Honeybee navigation: Following routes using polarized-light cues

Kraft, P., Evangelista, C., Dacke, M., Labhart, T. and Srinivasan, M. V. (2011) Honeybee navigation: Following routes using polarized-light cues. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences366 1565: 703-708. doi:10.1098/rstb.2010.0203

Enhanced cholinergic transmission promotes recall in honeybees

Guez, D., Zhu, H., Zhang, S. W. and Srinivasan, M. V. (2010) Enhanced cholinergic transmission promotes recall in honeybees. Journal of Insect Physiology56 9: 1341-1348. doi:10.1016/j.jinsphys.2010.04.022

Honeybee communication: A signal for danger

Srinivasan, Mandyam V. (2010) Honeybee communication: A signal for danger. Current Biology20 8: R366-R368. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2010.02.051

Sensory regulation of neuroligins and neurexin I in the honeybee brain

Biswas, Sunita, Reinhard, Judith, Oakeshott, John, Russell, Robyn, Srinivasan, Mandyam V. and Claudianos, Charles (2010) Sensory regulation of neuroligins and neurexin I in the honeybee brain. PloS One5 2: e9133-1-e9133-10. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0009133

Honeybees learn odour mixtures via a selection of key odorants

Reinhard, Judith, Sinclair, Michael, Srinivasan, Mandyam V. and Claudianos, Charles (2010) Honeybees learn odour mixtures via a selection of key odorants. PLoS One5 2: e9110.1-e9110.14. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0009110

Honey bees as a model for vision, perception, and cognition

Srinivasan, Mandyam V. (2010) Honey bees as a model for vision, perception, and cognition. Annual Review of Entomology55 267-284. doi:10.1146/annurev.ento.010908.164537

The moment before touchdown: Landing manoeuvres of the honeybee Apis mellifera

Evangelista, C., Kraft, P., Dacke, M., Reinhard, J. and Srinivasan, M. V. (2010) The moment before touchdown: Landing manoeuvres of the honeybee Apis mellifera. Journal of Experimental Biology213 2: 262-270. doi:10.1242/jeb.037465

Edge detection in landing budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus)

Bhagavatula, Partha, Claudianos, Charles, Ibbotson, Michael and Srinivasan, Mandyam (2009) Edge detection in landing budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus). PLoS One4 10: e7301.1-e7301.10. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0007301

Competent vision and navigation systems: From flying insects to autonomously navigating robots

Srinivasan, M., Thurrowgood, S. and Soccol, D. (2009) Competent vision and navigation systems: From flying insects to autonomously navigating robots. IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine16 3: 59-71. doi:10.1109/MRA.2009.933627

Rugged, obstruction-free, mirror-lens combination for panoramic imaging

Stürzl, W., Soccol, D, Zeil, J., Boeddeker, N. and Srinivasan, M. V. (2008) Rugged, obstruction-free, mirror-lens combination for panoramic imaging. Applied Optics47 32: 6070-6078. doi:10.1364/AO.47.006070

Two odometers in honeybees?

Dacke, M. and Srinivasan, M. V. (2008) Two odometers in honeybees?. Journal of Experimental Biology211 20: 3281-3286. doi:10.1242/jeb.021022

Evidence for counting in insects

Dacke, Marie and Srinivasan, Mandyam V. (2008) Evidence for counting in insects. Animal Cognition11 4: 683-689. doi:10.1007/s10071-008-0159-y

Animal navigation: general properties of directed walks

Cheung, Allen, Zhang, Shaowu, Stricker, Christian and Srinivasan, Mandyam V. (2008) Animal navigation: general properties of directed walks. Biological Cybernetics99 3: 197-217. doi:10.1007/s00422-008-0251-z

Shape-and-behavior-encoded tracking of bee dances

Verraraghavan, A., Chellappa, R. and Srinivasan, M. (2008) Shape-and-behavior-encoded tracking of bee dances.IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence30 3: 463-476. doi:10.1109/TPAMI.2007.70707

Lateralization of visual learning in the honeybee

Letzkus, Pinar, Boeddeker, Norbert, Wood, Jeff T., Zhang, Shao-Wu and Srinivasan, Mandyam V. (2008) Lateralization of visual learning in the honeybee. Biology Letters4 1: 16-18. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2007.0466

Small brains, smart minds

Srinivasan, M. (2008) Small brains, smart minds. Australasian Science29 1: 22-24.

Animal navigation: the difficulty of moving in a straight line

Cheung, Allen, Zhang, Shaowu, Stricker, Christian and Srinivasan, Mandyam V. (2007) Animal navigation: the difficulty of moving in a straight line. Biological Cybernetics97 1: 47-61. doi:10.1007/s00422-007-0158-0

Honeybee navigation: distance estimation in the third dimension

Dacke, M. and Srinivasan, M. V. (2007) Honeybee navigation: distance estimation in the third dimension. Journal of Experimental Biology210 5: 845-853. doi:10.1242/jeb.002089

The morphology, physiology and function of suboesophageal neck motor neurons in the honeybee

Schroter, Ulrike, Wilson, Sophie L. J., Srinivasan, Mandyam V. and Ibbotson, Michael R. (2007) The morphology, physiology and function of suboesophageal neck motor neurons in the honeybee. Journal of Comparative Physiology A193 3: 289-304. doi:10.1007/s00359-006-0182-x

Q & A: Mandyam Srinivasan

Srinivasan, Mandyam (2006) Q & A: Mandyam Srinivasan. Current Biology16 19: R824-R825. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2006.08.078

Complex memories in honeybees: can there be more than two?

Reinhard, Judith, Srinivasan, Mandyam V. and Zhang, Shaowu (2006) Complex memories in honeybees: can there be more than two?. Journal of Comparative Physiology A-neuroethology Sensory Neural And Behavioral Physiology192 4: 409-416. doi:10.1007/s00359-005-0079-0

Visual regulation of ground speed and headwind compensation in freely flying honey bees (Apis mellifera L.)

Barron, Andrew and Srinivasan, Mandyam V. (2006) Visual regulation of ground speed and headwind compensation in freely flying honey bees (Apis mellifera L.). Journal of Experimental Biology209 5: 978-984. doi:10.1242/jeb.02085

Honeybee vision:In good shape for shape recognition

Srinivasan, Mandyam V. (2006) Honeybee vision:In good shape for shape recognition. Current Biology16 2: R58-R60. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2006.01.002

Insect Navigation: Measuring Travel Distance across Ground and through Air

Collett, Matthew, Collett, Thomas S. and Srinivasan, Mandyam V. (2006) Insect Navigation: Measuring Travel Distance across Ground and through Air. Current Biology16 20: R887-R890. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2006.09.027

Lateralization of olfaction in the honeybee Apis mellifera

Letzkus, P, Ribi, WA, Wood, JT, Zhu, H, Zhang, SW and Srinivasan, MV (2006) Lateralization of olfaction in the honeybee Apis mellifera. Current Biology16 14: 1471-1476. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2006.05.060

Putting science into the engineering of robots

Srinivasan, M. V. (2005) Putting science into the engineering of robots. International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems2 374-374.

Interactions of visual odometry and landmark guidance during food search in honeybees

Vladusich, Tony, Hemmi, Jan M., Srinivasan, Mandyam V. and Zeil, Jochen (2005) Interactions of visual odometry and landmark guidance during food search in honeybees. Journal of Experimental Biology208 21: 4123-4135. doi:10.1242/jeb.01880

Influence of flight time and flight environment on distance communication by dancing honey bees

Barron, AB, Zhu, H, Robinson, GE and Srinivasan, MV (2005) Influence of flight time and flight environment on distance communication by dancing honey bees. Insectes Sociaux52 4: 402-407. doi:10.1007/s00040-005-0827-8

Maturation of odor representation in the honeybee antennal lobe

Wang, Shunpeng, Zhang, Shaowu, Sato, Katsushige and Srinivasan, Mandyam V. (2005) Maturation of odor representation in the honeybee antennal lobe. Journal of Insect Physiology51 11: 1244-1254. doi:10.1016/j.jinsphys.2005.07.003

Methyl parathion modifies foraging behaviour in honeybees (Apis mellifera)

Guez, D, Zhang, SW and Srinivasan, MV (2005) Methyl parathion modifies foraging behaviour in honeybees (Apis mellifera). Ecotoxicology14 4: 431-437. doi:10.1007/s10646-004-1348-3

Visual control of flight speed in honeybees

Baird, Emily, Srinivasan, Mandyam V., Zhang, Shaowu and Cowling, Ann (2005) Visual control of flight speed in honeybees. Journal of Experimental Biology208 20: 3895-3905. doi:10.1242/jeb.01818

Visual working memory in decision making by honey bees

Zhang, SW, Bock, F, Si, A, Tautz, J and Srinivasan, MV (2005) Visual working memory in decision making by honey bees. Proceedings of The National Academy of Sciences of The United States of America102 14: 5250-5255. doi:10.1073/pnas.0501440102

Honeybee odometry: Performance in varying natural terrain

Tautz, Juergen, Zhang, Shaowu, Spaethe, Johannes, Brockmann, Axel, Si, Aung and Srinivasan, Mandyam (2004) Honeybee odometry: Performance in varying natural terrain. Plos Biology2 7: 915-923. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0020211

Olfaction: Scent-triggered navigation in honeybees

Reinhard, Judith, Srinivasan, Mandyam V. and Zhang, Shaowu (2004) Olfaction: Scent-triggered navigation in honeybees. Nature427 6973: 411-411. doi:10.1038/427411a

An overview of insect-inspired guidance for application in ground and airborne platforms

Srinivasan, MV, Zhang, SW, Chahl, JS, Stange, G and Garratt, M (2004) An overview of insect-inspired guidance for application in ground and airborne platforms. Proceedings of The Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part G-journal of Aerospace Engineering218 G6: 375-388. doi:10.1243/0954410042794966

Floral scents induce recall of navigational and visual memories in honeybees

Reinhard, Judith, Srinivasan, Mandyam V., Guez, David and Zhang, Shaowu W. (2004) Floral scents induce recall of navigational and visual memories in honeybees. Journal of Experimental Biology207 25: 4371-4381. doi:10.1242/jeb.01306

Grouping of visual objects by honeybees

Zhang, Shaowu, Srinivasan, Mandyam V., Zhu, Hong and Wong, Jason (2004) Grouping of visual objects by honeybees. Journal of Experimental Biology207 19: 3289-3298. doi:10.1242/jeb.01155

Landing strategies in honeybees and applications to uninhabited airborne vehicles

Chahl, JS, Srinivasan, MV and Zhang, SW (2004) Landing strategies in honeybees and applications to uninhabited airborne vehicles. International Journal of Robotics Research23 2: 101-110. doi:10.1177/0278364904041320

Visual motor computations in insects

Srinivasan, MV and Zhang, SW (2004) Visual motor computations in insects. Annual Review of Neuroscience27 679-696. doi:10.1146/annurev.neuro.27.070203.144343

Honeybee navigation

Srinivasan, M. V. (2003) Honeybee navigation. Current Biology13 23: R894-R894. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2003.11.005

Bioinspired engineering of exploration systems: A horizon sensor/attitude reference system based on the dragonfly ocelli for mars exploration applications

Chahl, Javaan, Thakoor, Sarita, Le Bouffant, Naig, Stange, Gert, Srinivasan, M. V., Hine, Butler and Zornetzer, Steven (2003) Bioinspired engineering of exploration systems: A horizon sensor/attitude reference system based on the dragonfly ocelli for mars exploration applications. Journal of Robotic Systems20 1: 35-42. doi:10.1002/rob.10068

Biologically inspired visual sensing and flight control

Barrows, G.L., Chahl, J.S. and Srinivasan, M.V. (2003) Biologically inspired visual sensing and flight control.Aeronautical Journal107 1069: 159-168.

Global perception in small brains: Topological pattern recognition in honey bees

Chen, L, Zhang, SW and Srinivasan, MV (2003) Global perception in small brains: Topological pattern recognition in honey bees. Proceedings of The National Academy of Sciences of The United States of America100 11: 6884-6889. doi:10.1073/pnas.0732090100

Honeybee navigation: properties of the visually driven 'odometer'

Si, Aung, Srinivasan, Mandyam V. and Zhang, Shaowu (2003) Honeybee navigation: properties of the visually driven 'odometer'. Journal of Experimental Biology206 8: 1265-1273. doi:10.1242/jeb.00236

Motion camouflage in dragonflies

Mizutani, A, Chahl, JS and Srinivasan, MV (2003) Motion camouflage in dragonflies. Nature423 6940: 604-604. doi:10.1038/423604a

Small brains, smart minds: vision, perception and 'cognition' in honeybees

Srinivasan, Mandyam and Zhang, Shaowu (2003) Small brains, smart minds: vision, perception and 'cognition' in honeybees. IETE Journal of Research49 2-3: 127-134. doi:10.1080/03772063.2003.11416331

Neurobiology of Behaviour (Editorial overview)

Srinivasan, Mandyam V. and Kelley, Darcy (2002) Neurobiology of Behaviour (Editorial overview). Current Opinion in Neurobiology12 6: 697-698. doi:10.1016/S0959-4388(02)00394-X

Bioinspired engineering of exploration systems for NASA and DoD

Thakoor, S., Chahl, J., Srinivasan, M. V., Young, L., Werblin, F., Hine, B. and Zornetzer, S. (2002) Bioinspired engineering of exploration systems for NASA and DoD. Artificial Life8 4: 357-369. doi:10.1162/106454602321202426

Neurobiology of behaviour

Srinivasan, Mandyam and Kelley, Darcy (2002) Neurobiology of behaviour. Current Opinion in Neurobiology12 6: 697-698. doi:10.1016/S0959-4388(02)00394-X

Homing in on ant navigation

Srinivasan, M.V. (2001) Homing in on ant navigation. Nature411 6839: 752-753. doi:10.1038/35081224

Honeybee dances communicate distances measured by optic flow

Esch, H.E., Zhang, S.W., Srinivasan, M.V. and Tautz, J (2001) Honeybee dances communicate distances measured by optic flow. Nature411 6837: 581-583. doi:10.1038/35079072

Landing strategies in honeybees, and possible applications to autonomous airborne vehicles

Srinivasan, MV, Zhang, SW and Chahl, JS (2001) Landing strategies in honeybees, and possible applications to autonomous airborne vehicles. Biological Bulletin200 2: 216-221. doi:10.2307/1543319

The concepts of 'sameness' and 'difference' in an insect

Giurfa, M, Zhang, SW, Jenett, A, Menzel, R and Srinivasan, MV (2001) The concepts of 'sameness' and 'difference' in an insect. Nature410 6831: 930-933. doi:10.1038/35073582


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  • Marie Dacke, University of Lund: Honeybee navigation
  • Thomas Labhart, University of Zurich: Polarization vision in honeybee navigation
  • Jonathan Roberts, CSIRO, Brisbane: Robotics
  • Farid Kendoul, CSIRO, Brisbane:  Biologically inspired robotics
  • Tristan Perez, Queensland University of Technology: Control system dynamics