Insect-brain inspired neuromorphic nanophotonics
The goal of the project is to develop nanophotonic on-chip devices for integrated sensing and neural computation, inspired by the insect brain.
From skylight input to behavioural output: a computational model of the insect polarised light compass
We propose a new hypothesis for how insects process polarised skylight to extract global orientation information that can be used for accurate path integration. Our model solves the problem of solar-antisolar meridian ambiguity by using a biologically constrained sensor array, and includes methods to deal with tilt and time, providing a complete insect celestial compass output. We analyse the performance of the model using a realistic sky simulation and various forms of disturbances, and compare the results to both engineering approaches and biological data.
Exploiting invisible cues for robot navigation in complex natural environments
Design a sensor that transforms skylight into a compass direction.