JCSMR School Seminar Series: Of bees, birds and flying machines

Professor Mandyam Srinivasan, Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD

Flying insects are remarkably adept at seeing and perceiving the world and navigating effectively in it, despite possessing a brain that weighs less than a milligram. This presentation will describe our recent progress in understanding how honeybees use their vision to control regulate their flight speed, negotiate narrow passages, avoid mid-air collisions and perform smooth landings, using computational principles that are often elegant and unprecedented. It will also outline our investigations of visually guided flight in birds, and conclude with an update of our advances in the design and testing of biologically inspired vision systems for autonomous aerial vehicles.

Srinivasan's research focuses on the principles of visual processing, perception and cognition in simple natural systems, and on the application of these principles to machine vision and robotics.

He holds an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Bangalore University, a Master's degree in Electronics from the Indian Institute of Science, a Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Science from Yale University, a D.Sc. in Neuroethology from the Australian National University, and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Zurich. Srinivasan is presently Professor of Visual Neuroscience at the Queensland Brain Institute and the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering of the University of Queensland. Among his awards are Fellowships of the Australian Academy of Science, of the Royal Society of London, and of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, the 2006 Australia Prime Minister’s Science Prize, the 2008 U.K. Rank Prize for Optoelectronics, the 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award of the Indian Institute of Science, the Membership of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2012, the Queensland Science Championship in 2014, and the Harold Spencer-Jones Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of Navigation in 2014.

 

Date & time

12–1pm 5 September 2014

Location

The Finkel Lecture Theatre, The John Curtin School of Medical Research, Building 131, Garran Road, ANU

Contacts

 Laura Vitler. Host: Greg Stuart
 +61 2 6125 2589

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