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Bio-inspired Vision-based Microflyers

English title Bio-inspired Vision-based Microflyers
Applicant Floreano Dario
Number 116149
Funding scheme Project funding (Div. I-III)
Research institution Laboratoire de systèmes intelligents EPFL - STI - IMT - LIS
Institution of higher education EPF Lausanne - EPFL
Main discipline Information Technology
Start/End 01.04.2007 - 31.03.2010
Approved amount 342'725.00
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Keywords (4)

autonomous robotics; neuromorphic engineering; bioinspired systems; adaptive systems

Lay Summary (English)

Lay summary
The goal of this project is to develop neuromorphic chips and control architectures for autonomous microflyers capable of navigating within houses or small constructed spaces using vision as main source of information. Flying indoors implies a number of challenges that are not needed in outdoor autonomous flight. These challenges include a small flying platform; slow speed for maneuverability; lightweight to stay airborne; low-power electronics; and smart sensing and control to fly in textured environments. We think that bio-inspired vision chips and control architecture are promising and suitable methods for this challenge because they satisfy the above-mentioned criteria. The project is articulated along three, tightly integrated, researchdirections: 1) Mechatronics of indoor microflyers; 2) Neuromorphic vision chips; 3) Insect-inspired flight control strategies. We plan to take inspiration from flying insects both for the design of the vision chips and for the choice of neural control architectures. Instead, for the design of the microflyers, we intend to develop innovative solutions and improvements to micro-helicopters and micro-airplanes. Our final goal is to better understand the minimal set of mechanisms and strategies required by insects and flying robots to fly in textured environments by testing theoretical and neurophysiological models in our microflyers.
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105545 Bio-inspired Vision-based Micro-Flyers 01.01.2005 Project funding (Div. I-III)
133059 SWARMIX - Synergistic Interactions in Swarms of Heterogenous Agents 01.02.2011 Sinergia