The Green Brain project wants to create an artificial Apis mellifera brain and implement said brain into a robot, that will be able to fly and and behave just like a honey bee!

The reasons for this project are:

  • The bee brain has way less neurons than the brain of rodents (but still in the order of 10^6 neurons!), so understanding how this “simple” brain works could be a nice step towards understanding more complex brains.
  • The bee population has been declining and scientists are not exactly sure why. Understanding bee behaviour and the organ that produces them might help solve the problem
  • improvement of unmanned aerial vehicle control
from http://greenbrain.group.shef.ac.uk/
from http://greenbrain.group.shef.ac.uk/

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