Robot Navigation Inspired by Principles of Insect Vision

  • M. V. Srinivasan
  • J. S. Chahl
  • K. Weber
  • S. Venkatesh
  • S. W. Zhang
  • M. G. Nagle


Recent studies of insect visual behaviour and navigation reveal a number of elegant strategies that can be profitably applied to the design of autonomous robots. The “peering” behaviour of grasshoppers, for example, has inspired the design of new rangefinding systems. The “centring” response of bees flying through a tunnel has led to simple methods for navigating through corridors. These and other visually-mediated insect behaviours are described along with a number of applications to robot navigation.


Optic Flow Stereo Vision Image Motion Robot Navigation Image Velocity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. V. Srinivasan
    • 1
  • J. S. Chahl
    • 1
  • K. Weber
    • 2
  • S. Venkatesh
    • 2
  • S. W. Zhang
    • 1
  • M. G. Nagle
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Visual Science, Research School of Biological SciencesAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Computer Science, School of ComputingCurtin UniversityPerthAustralia

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