Flying Insects and Robots Symposium 2007, August 12-17 2007, Monte VeritÓ, Ascona, Switzerland
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Hands-on Workshops



The goal of these hands-on workshops is to foster discussions among researchers and gain practical experience in fields such as biology of flying insects or biomimetic robotics in an informal way. Participants will be free to chose their activities and team-up with other participants as they wish. The results of these workshops will be demonstrated during a public event on Thursday afternoon.

 

Motion Chips for Robotic Platforms

Shih-Chii Liu and Rico Moeckel
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We will make available motion analog Very-Large-Scale-Integration chips that measure the optic flow of moving stimuli. These chips incorporate biological principles which allow them to work over large background intensity and stimuli speed ranges. Their small mass and low power consumption allow them to be mounted on robotic platforms. Particpants can experiment with these chips and obtain first-hand experience on how these chips work.
 
Participants
Martin Zapotocky
Peter SchŞtzner
Eric CATTAN
Caroline SOYER
Thomas DARGENT
Samir Bouabdallah
Finlay Stewart
St╚phane Viollet
Geoffrey Portelli
Nicolas Franceschini
Hala RIFAI
Johnny Evers
Antoine Beyeler
jerome CASAS
Mirko Kovac
Jean-Daniel Nicoud
Jae-Hung Han
Guido von Allmen
 


 

The Cyborg Fly

Fry, S.N., Medici, V., Rohrseitz, N., Graetzel, C.F., Bartussek, J.
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Fruit flies will be tethered in a LED flight simulator and their intended turning maneuvers -measured from changes in the wing stroke pattern- used to control the movements of a wheeled e-puck robot in real time. Conversely, the optic flow perceived by the robot will be used to control the motion stimulus in the LED screen, thus closing the loop to generate ŰThe Cyborg FlyÝ. The participants are invited to explore algorithms that provide a suitable interface between the biological and robotic control systems. The aim is to implement interesting cyborg behaviors, such as obstacle avoidance, and learn about biological and robotic control systems on the way.
 
Participants
James Roberts
Peter SchŞtzner
Lubin KERHUEL
Takashi Gomi
Hala RIFAI
Johnny Evers
Antoine Beyeler
Sabine Hauert
jerome CASAS
Tobias Seidl
Jean-Daniel Nicoud
Michael Naderhirn
Agn╦s LUC-BOUHALI
Jae-Hung Han
Guido von Allmen
 


 

Vision-based Microgliders

Adam Klaptocz, Antoine Beyeler, Mirko Kovac, Andr╚ Guignard, Jean-Christophe Zufferey (EPFL)
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Ultralight (~5g) indoor microgliders will be made available for experiments in vision-based navigation. They will be equipped with a 1D vision sensor, a rate gyro and a microcontroller, which can be programmed and monitored from a PC via Bluetooth. The participants will get first-hand exposure to optic-flow algorithms and collision avoidance strategies. They will implement them in the tiny onboard microcontroller using a C compiler. Experiments will, e.g., consist of launching the microglider towards a wall and having it autonomously avoid the collision using visual looming cues or starting in the middle of a corridor and try to follow it by balancing lateral optic flow.
 
Participants
Samir Bouabdallah
St╚phane Viollet
Takashi Gomi
Nicolas Franceschini
Michael Heymann
Severin Leven
Tobias Seidl
HansjŞrgen Dahmen
Mirko Kovac
Jean-Daniel Nicoud
Michael Naderhirn
 


 

High Speed Recording of Insect Flight

Emily Baird, Jens Peter Lindemann
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Much of what is known about insect flight control comes from analyses of high speed recordings of insect flight. By filming insect flight at a high temporal resolution, it is possible to extract accurate information about different components of flight such as gaze stabilisation, flight speed control and altitude regulation. In this workshop, participants will learn how to make high speed recordings of insect flight as well as learning some of the experimental techniques that are used to investigate the role of visual information in insect flight control. The overall aim of this workshop is provide participants with some experience of the equipment and techniques that are currently being used to investigate how insects use visual information to regulate their flight.
 
Participants
Peter SchŞtzner
Finlay Stewart
Lubin KERHUEL
Takashi Gomi
Nicolas Franceschini
Hala RIFAI
Michael Heymann
Johnny Evers
Sabine Hauert
Tobias Seidl
HansjŞrgen Dahmen
Michael Naderhirn
Guido von Allmen
 


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