What can be learnt from analysing insect orientation flights using probabilistic SLAM?

Baddeley, Bartholomew, Philippides, Andrew, Graham, Paul, Hempel De Ibarra, Natalie, Collett, Thomas and Husbands, Phillip (2009) What can be learnt from analysing insect orientation flights using probabilistic SLAM? Biological Cybernetics, 101 (3). pp. 169-182. ISSN 0340-1200

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Abstract

In this paper, we provide an analysis of orientation flights in bumblebees, employing a novel technique based on simultaneous localisation and mapping (SLAM) a probabilistic approach from autonomous robotics. We use SLAM to determine what bumblebees might learn about the locations of objects in the world through the arcing behaviours that are typical of these flights. Our results indicate that while the bees are clearly influenced by the presence of a conspicuous landmark, there is little evidence that they structure their flights to specifically learn about the position of the landmark.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Evolution, Behaviour and Environment
Depositing User: Bartholomew Baddeley
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:13
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2012 11:23
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/19636
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