Monday 23 June, 2014

Of Bees, Birds and Flying Machines

Prof Mandyam Srinivasan, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland

beetun_landscapeFlying 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, by The University of Queensland’s Prof  Mandyam Srinivasanwill describe recent progress in understanding how honeybees use their vision to control and regulate their flight speed, negotiate narrow passages, avoid mid-air collisions and perform smooth landings, using computational principles that are often elegant and unprecedented.

Prof Srinivasan will also outline investigations of visually guided flight in birds, and how his research is advancing the design and testing of biologically inspired vision systems for autonomous aerial vehicles.

  • Time: 6:30 – 7:30pm, Monday 23 June, 2014.
  • Venue: The EdgeState Library of Queensland, South Brisbane.
  • Arrangements: Doors open at 6pm. No need to book – just show up!
  • Questions? For any further information please contact Andrew.

SrinivasanMandyam 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.

Srinivasan 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. 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 the 2006 Australia Prime Minister’s Science Prize, and the Membership of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2012. He has received Fellowships of the Australian Academy of Science, the Royal Society of London, and the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World.

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