Tim Landgraf:

RoboBee: A Biomimetic Honeybee Robot for the Analysis of the Dance Communication System

Kurzbeschreibung

This thesis describes the development of a honeybee robot for the analysis of the dance communication system of the European Honeybee (Apis Mellifera). “RoboBee” is a tool to find out which of the stimuli produced by a dancing bee are actual signals, i.e. which stimuli are used by the follower bees to decode the message. This dissertation comprises six chapters:
First, I introduce the reader to the motivation, scope and structure of the dissertation.
Then I give a detailed overview of the key aspects of this thesis. Beginning with a short introduction to the history of waggle dance research, I report current views on the function and mechanism of the dance. In this chapter I also report on open questions in our understanding of the communication process. In the second part of the chapter, I list similar systems that were used to imitate the waggle dance. I close the chapter by report on more general examples of robots in behavioral biology.
The following chapter contains description of own preliminary work and experiments prior to building RoboBee. First, I introduce basic methods for keeping bees under experimental conditions. I outline lighting and video recording setups that I used in many works that follow up in later parts of the thesis. Then I specify details of a computer vision algorithm that I developed to track waggle dances in video recordings. Subsequently, I analyze waggle dance trajectories statistically, concluding with a computer model of the dance motion. In the last section, I describe experimental tests for the characterization of the sensory capabilities of honeybees.

Betreuer
Prof. Dr. Dr. hc. habil. Raúl Rojas, Prof. Dr. Randolf Menzel
Abschluss
Dr. rer. nat.
Abgabedatum
03.06.2013
Sprache
eng

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