A biomimetic honeybee robot for the analysis of the honeybee dance communication system

  title={A biomimetic honeybee robot for the analysis of the honeybee dance communication system},
  author={Tim Landgraf and Michael Oertel and Daniel Rhiel and Ra{\'u}l Rojas},
  journal={2010 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems},
A new biomimetic honeybee robot capable of dancing and mimicking all known signals in the honeybee dance communication system has been built. This paper describes the hard- and software design of the first honeybee robot with computer vision. The robot can robustly recognize obstacles and react on imminent collisions. 

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