New Bee Vision Framework Available

Honeybees are extraordinary navigators. We study their behavior in a joint project with Prof. Randolf Menzel who uses a harmonic radar system to track the flight of individual bees. In one project branch we analyze these flight paths and ask which visual landmarks may be associated to specific route segments. To this end our student Johannes Polster has developed a beautiful rendering system that reproduces the geometry and resolution of the bee’s compound eyes. With the help of camera drones we constructed a 3D model of the field in which the experiments were conducted. Now we can reconstruct the visual inputs of previously traced live animals or imitate the┬ávisual world of simulated agents. Btw, the framework is open-source, so feel free to build your own bee movies!

Tim Landgraf