The work in the lab is oriented towards the development of biomimetic sensors to support intelligent interactions with the environment by autonomous systems. This interdisciplinary research is directed at the study of biological sensory systems with the aim of extracting a better understanding of the engineering solutions nature, after a very long evolutionary optimization process, has come up with. We maintain that the regions of the design space explored by nature are sufficiently different from the ones explored by human engineers that this approach can function as a source of interesting, new, ideas for engineered systems.
Because biological organisms and their environments form tightly coupled interacting systems in which all components: environmental characteristics and dynamics, sensory morphology, peripheral and central neural processing and behavioural patterns play a significant role our research is carried out at three levels simultaneously: the morphology and mechanics, the signal processing, and the behavioural strategies of the model animal systems. Extraction of significant environment information is considered an emergent property from processing going on at all three levels.
The novel insights gained from this work are made more broadly available either through the publication of scientific articles or through the development of patented technologies that can be licensed. In collaboration with several international partners we develop and carry out national and international projects.