[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP150101172]
Researchers Prof Ken Cheng; Prof Jochen Zeil; Dr Ajay Narendra; Dr Andrew Barron; Prof Rudiger Wehner
Brief description Navigation is one of the most crucial and most challenging problems animals face. Behavioural analyses have shown that animals make use of a number of different mechanisms to navigate, but very little is known of how different forms of spatial information are processed and integrated by the brain. The project will tackle this by placing tethered ants in a virtual-reality simulation of their real environment allowing precise control of visual navigational cues, as well as the possibility to study the brains of the tethered ants as they solve the real-world challenge of finding home. This will reveal how simple brains efficiently solve navigational tasks, which will inform both cognitive biology and bio-inspired computation.
Funding Amount $913,900
Funding Scheme Discovery Projects