The goal of our laboratory is to understand how vision guides and shapes behaviour. Finely-tuned behaviour is critical to the survival of any species, and this competition for survival promotes the evolution of better visual systems. This is readily apparent to anyone observing a bird achieving a collision-free flight through a dense forest, a bee orchestrating a smooth landing, or a president ducking to evade a flying shoe. Today's robots perform such tasks with far less finesse. Our mission is to better understand how the eye and brain solve complex visuomotor tasks, and to explore the possibilities of using this understanding to design novel strategies for machines that see, perceive, and fly.

We pursue three broad themes:

Low-level vision and navigation in honeybees Visual guidance of flight in birds Biologically inspired vision systems

Here is a list of selected publications from our laboratory:

P. Bhagavatula, C. Claudianos, M. Ibbotson and M. Srinivasan (2011)
Optic flow cues guide flight in birds.
Current Biology 21:1-6.

T Luu, A. Cheung, D. Ball and M.V. Srinivasan (2011)
Honeybee flight: A novel 'streamlining' response.
Journal of Experimental Biology. 214:2215-2225.

R.J.D. Moore, S.Thurrowgood, D. Bland, D. Soccol and M. Srinivasan (2010)
UAV altitude and attitude stabilization using a coaxial stereo vision system.
In: Proceedings, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. Anchorage, Alaska, 3-8 May 2010. IEEE Press.

C. Evangelista, P. Kraft, M. Dacke, J. Reinhard and M.V. Srinivasan (2010)
The moment before touchdown: Landing manoeuvres of the honeybee Apis mellifera.
Journal of Experimental Biology 213:262-270.

S. Thurrowgood, R.J.D. Moore, D. Bland, D. Soccol and M.V. Srinivasan (2010)
UAV attitude control using the visual horizon.
Proceedings, Twelfth Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation (ARCA 2010), Brisbane, 1-3 December 2010.

P. Bhagavatula, C. Claudianos, M. Ibbotson and M.V. Srinivasan (2009)
Edge detection in landing budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus).
PLoS ONE 4:e7301.

>> a full list of all recent publications can be found here