A Biomimetic Approach to an Autonomous Unmanned Air Vehicle

  • Fotios Balampanis
  • Paul F. M. J. Verschure
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7375)


In an effort to create an autonomous flying robot, we sought inspiration in the evolution of insects. Previous research on their visual system has led to the creation of navigational models exploiting insect optomotor principles; these are applied in the present study, by using a fast and robust quadrotor. The results show that while a biomimetic approach for an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) is plausible the reliance on vision alone shows instabilities. These can be overcome by using gyroscopes, the technological equivalent of the haltere system found in flying insects.


UAV Vision Biomimetic Robot Quadrotor Haltere 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fotios Balampanis
    • 1
  • Paul F. M. J. Verschure
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory of Synthetic, Perceptive, Emotive and Cognitive Systems – SPECSUniversitat Pompeu FabraBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.ICREA Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis AvançatsBarcelonaSpain

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