Mandyam V Srinivasan

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Flying insects and birds are remarkably adept at seeing and perceiving the world and navigating effectively in it. This presentation will describe our recent progress in understanding how honeybees and birds (Budgerigars) use their vision to guide and control several aspects of their flight such as regulating flight speed, negotiating narrow passages, selecting routes, and avoiding mid-air collisions, using computational principles that are often elegant and unprecedented. It will conclude with an update of our advances in the design and testing of biologically inspired vision systems for the guidance of autonomous aerial vehicles.

Srinivasan is a professor at the Queensland Brain Institute and the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at the University of Queensland. His 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 a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Bangalore University, an M.E. 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. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, of the Royal Society of London, and of the German Academy of Science.

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