[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DE150100548]
Researchers Dr Steven Wiederman
Brief description Whether a human catching a ball, a dog leaping at a frisbee or a dragonfly hunting prey amidst a swarm, brains both large and small have evolved the ability to focus attention on one moving target, even in the presence of distracters. This project aims to investigate how brains solve this challenging problem by recording the activity of dragonfly neurons that selectively attend to one target whilst ignoring others. The project aims to examine how expectation and attention are encoded in the brain and will build an autonomous robot using computational models bio-inspired from this neuronal processing. Robots capable of visually perceiving and interacting with targets in natural environments have applications in health, surveillance and defence.
Funding Amount 359000
Funding Scheme Discovery Early Career Researcher Award