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Welcome – we’re glad you’re here!  Please pardon the mess as we get things set up!

We hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Our laboratory studies bio and bioinspired navigation and orientation. We are particularly interested in animal magnetic reception (i.e., how do animals use the earth’s magnetic field to get from point A to point B).

Our lab uses LOTS of tools from computer simulations, to robotics, to computational neuroscience to better understand how animals are able to sense, process, and act based on the magnetic field and other senses.  Our goal is to better understand how animals navigate, and to use the principles we learn to develop improved autonomous engineered systems.

 

The robot on the left was able to make the trajectory you see on the right with the help of a motion capture system.  What’s even better is that this seems to match existing simulation data that we have.  When the simulation matches the hardware, it’s a good day!

 

Current Events

10 May – Congratulations to Andrew Harvey, Maggie Bernish, and Delaney O’Connell on graduating from UNC!

6 April 2020 – Congrats to Andrew Harvey on a successful Honors Thesis defense!

4 Jan 2020 – 8 Jan 2020: Drs. Brian Taylor and Catherine Kehl are presenting posters and talks at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology annual meeting!

3 Sept 2019: Congrats to Dr. Brian Taylor having a paper accepted for publication in Bioinspiration and Biomimetics!

29 July 2019:  Congrats to Casey Charbonneau on securing a job with Aerotek to do work at Duke University’s Division of Laboratory Animal Resources!

2 July 2019:  Congrats to Nomi Topasna on securing a job with Aerotek to do work for Teleflex!

1 July 2019:  Congrats to Dr. Catherine Kehl on having a paper accepted for The Journal of Experimental Biology!