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What can be learnt from analysing insect orientation flights using probabilistic SLAM?
journal contributionposted on 2023-06-07, 22:15 authored by Bartholomew Baddeley, Andy PhilippidesAndy Philippides, Paul GrahamPaul Graham, Natalie Hempel De Ibarra, Thomas Collett, Phil HusbandsPhil Husbands
In this paper, we provide an analysis of orientation flights in bumblebees, employing a novel technique based on simultaneous localisation and mapping (SLAM) a probabilistic approach from autonomous robotics. We use SLAM to determine what bumblebees might learn about the locations of objects in the world through the arcing behaviours that are typical of these flights. Our results indicate that while the bees are clearly influenced by the presence of a conspicuous landmark, there is little evidence that they structure their flights to specifically learn about the position of the landmark.
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