Prof. Barbara Webb

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Barbara Webb runs the Insect Robotics group at the University of Edinburgh where she has been Professor of Biorobotics for the last ten years. She has published influential articles about the use of robot models to enhance understanding of how animals, particularly insects, are able to interact successfully with the world. Her recent work has focussed particularly on the brain mechanisms that underlie sophisticated navigation and learning in foraging insects such as ants.

Webb, Barbara. "Robots with Insect Brains." Science 368 :6488 (2020), 244-245.


Research keywords: 
Bio-robotics, Sensorimotor Control
Vision and Perception
Robot Design and Soft Robotics
Bioinspired Approaches
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Related current research projects

Title Research project
James Garforth (cohort rep) Navigation and Mapping of Natural Environments
Evripidis Gkanias Insect neuroethology of reinforcement learning
Aruna Raman (2021 cohort rep) Insect Inspired Reaching on a Flying Robot
Emily-Jane Rolley-Parnell (Cohort Student representative) Robotic Control Inspired by the Object Manipulation Performed by Harvester Ants