Kaylee Mann Rose Hills
An Ocellar-Based Flight Control System for Flying Insect Biobots
Many insects use ocelli to aid in determining their orientation in flight. Ocelli are a set of small eyes that are separate from the large compound ones on insects such as grasshoppers and dragonflies. We have designed a device that can be mounted on the head to optically stimulate these ocelli. Preliminary results show stimulation of these ocelli to be correlated with head movements. This summer, we will work to show that these movements correspond to a change in the insect’s perceived orientation and can be exploited to produce directed flight. The non-invasive nature of insect flight control through optical stimulation means that it is extremely well suited for long-term control applications. Furthermore, by stimulating the senses we are able to utilize some of the insects own control capabilities. These insect biobots could be used as a platform for sensors, or for further investigation of insect flight.