The navigational strategies employed by insects enable them to walk or fly over long distances, find food and return to their nest. To accomplish this they utilise a toolkit of elegant sensory and 'cognitive' strategies. In the Insect Navigation Group, we study these strategies using traditional behavioural experiments as well computational and robotic models.
News from the Sussex Insect Navigation Group
Oct '13: A busy month for new arrivals. Craig Perl has arrived as a new PhD student to work with Paul and Jeremy on the visual system of Formica rufa. Cornelia Buehlmann has also arrived from Jena to take up a SNF fellowship. Cornelia will be looking questions of olfactory cue use and how it interacts with other behaviours.
Sept '13: A great new review article from Tom (with Matthew and Lars Chittka) is just out in Current Biology. " Spatial memory in insect navigation" is available in our Publications section.
Sept '13: To follow-up on his recent paper, Antoine has written a nice pop-science article about how we approach the study of ants. "We’ve been looking at ant intelligence the wrong way" is published on The Conversation website.
August '13: A great new paper from Antoine and Ken is just released in Proc Roy Soc B. The article describes a new navigational behaviour observed in Melophorus and can be downloaded from the Publications section.
July '13: Congratulations to Alex who has just won the Best Poster Award at the 2nd International Conference on Living Machines. Well done!
May '13: Following the success of the success of Bart's modelling project, Antoine has led a project to model famous ant navigation experiments. The purpose is to demonstrate that simper explanations (than those traditionally used) can account for the data. The article is in JEB and can be downloaded from the Publications section.
April '13: Tom, David and Paul's most recent paper is out this month. The article is in Current Biology and concerns the ways that ants encode panoramic scenes for navigation. The article can be downloaded from the Publications section.