07-05-2018 Bio-inspired Robotics Seminar

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On Monday the 7th of May, a new AI & Robotics seminar will be organised, hosted by Guido de Croon. The speaker will be Franck Ruffier, who will talk about bio-inspired robotics.

Date: 07-05-2018, 12:30 – 13:30
Location: Lecture Hall C, Aula Conference Centre
lunch buffet open from 12.00

Robotics-Insipired Bee’s Neuroethology

Flying insects such as honeybees are endowed with several sensory modalities, but the optic flow appears to be the main cue for their guidance and flight control. It has been showed recently that robots equipped with a new autopilot based on the optic flow regulators are able to control their course without requiring a state vector describing their absolute speed, position or altitude: the robots trajectories mimic the insects trajectories even in the presence of wind!

By applying optic flow criteria, these robots manipulate forces by the way of rotor and thruster speed and thus adjust their speed of flight, their lateral position or their altitude without any state vector in various tunnels. This optic flow based steering control system makes them avoid obstacles even in unstable environments, without any need for maps and even without any measurement and control of its absolute pitch.

These biomimetic robotic behaviors may explain how flying insects used regionalized optic flow criteria to guide themselves in various tunnels.

About the speaker: Franck Ruffier

Franck Ruffier is currently a CNRS research scientist at the Institute of Movement Science (ISM), with insect vision and behaviour as well as bio-inspired vision and robotics main interest areas. Mr. Ruffier received his engineering degree in 2000 and a Ph.D. from INP-Grenoble in 2004, as well as a habilitation to supervise research (HDR in French) from Aix-Marseille University in 2013. He was invited as visiting scientist at the University of Washington, Seattle, and at RIKEN, Nagoya, Japan. He published 58 papers in international Journals or referred Proceedings as well as 12 book chapters and he filed 9 patents.

We are looking forward to see you all on the 7th!

This seminar is organised by the Robotics Institute. Please email the secretary to confirm your attendance.

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