Robots, drones and lifetime tracking: new tools for the analysis of collective behavior of fish and bees

Tuesday, 02. October 2018
15.30 – 16.30

Room M628, University of Konstanz

Iain Couzin

Dr. Tim Landgraf, Biorobotics Lab at the Free University of Berlin

Join us for a special seminar by Dr. Tim Landgraf, and members of his team in the Biorobotics Lab at the Free University of Berlin. Tim is a computer scientist who works on a wide range of biological applications involving collective intelligence, machine learning and integrating robots within animal groups.

Talk summary

A rich behavioral repertoire, thousands of individuals, and versatile learning capabilities - honeybees are a fantastic model organism for collective behavior. We have developed an automatic, marker-based tracking system capable of tracking up to 4000 bees over their entire life times to investigate how honeybee colonies process information and react to their ever-changing environment. But also individual foragers show remarkable cognitive capabilities orienting themselves in the field. To investigate the neural correlates of bee navigation we record the brain activity of bees on a our „NeuroCopter“. And to be able to do experiments in winter we study Guppys too. We have developed a robotic fish that classifies and adapts to the behavior of its shoal mates in real-time increasing success in a leadership task. We will show our systems, present preliminary data and hopefully engage in lively discussions as to why we need those tools in the first place.