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Building an Insect Brain on a Chip. Think Like a Bee!!

20 April 2021

To understand how the brain works, Elisabetta Chicca has built a tiny piece of a honeybee brain on a silicon chip. With it, she’s created a robot that can navigate objects just like the insect can.

Honeybees have no problem flying through a field of flowers. They won’t bump into anything and they’re even quick enough to dodge a hand that wants to slap them away, all the while looking for their beehive. ‘It’s impressive that a honeybee’s brain can perform all these tasks at the same time’, says Elisabetta Chicca, newly appointed professor in bio-inspired circuits and systems. ‘They require complex calculations to be performed extremely fast.’

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Last modified:21 April 2021 10.09 a.m.

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