Masterclass: Bioinspired Flight Control

Bioinspired Flight Control (aka the bird that got away).

Session 3 in a series of talks by Prof. Adrian Thomas from Animal Dynamics and Department of Zoology, University of Oxford.

What can we learn from how animal control flight, intercept targets and avoid obstacles.

How, then do these birds stay the right-way-up? What are animals optimising in their flight control sensor systems? Should we be doing something similar.

Onboard view from a camera on the back of a peregrine attacking a duck. The duck’s optical and inertial sensors are in its head – apparently held upright relative to the background. The peregrine’s head is also held level relative to the horizon and locked relative to the target.