Dr. Massimo de Agro
Lehrstuhl für Zoologie / Evolutionsbiologie
(+49) 941 943 4328
I love pumps. Oh, how I love pumps! Also 3D printers. And Rasperry Pis. And spiders. Sometimes, I throw all of these together, and science comes out.
Developing a robotic flower meadow
I will take micro-cameras, micro-computers, micro-pumps, and a lot of 3D printer spool, and shake it all together with some code until a robotic flower meadow comes out. Then, we will glue little ArUco codes (think QR codes but better) on the backs of bumblebees, and use behavioural economic tricks to try to steer bee preference between flowers in our robotic meadow.
Did I mention there would be pumps? There will be. Lots. Like, at least 80 of them.
Recognition of biological motion in jumping spiders
Using an awesome air-cushion-roller-ball system, I allow magnetically-harnessed jumping spiders to see images which encapsulate biological motion, to examine how spiders detect and respond to such stimuli. Did I mention there are robotic arms? And that I made the whole system from scratch with a 3D printer? Alas, no pumps.