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A universal landing strategy

Studies of visually guided behaviour in insects have a long tradition of elucidating elegant computational strategies that demonstrate how task specific visual parameters can be directly extracted from the visual scene. Continuing in that tradition, Baird et al. show how bees use the apparent rate of expansion within a scene to reduce speed on approach to a landing event. Importantly, this strategy does not require knowledge of the speed of the bee or the distance to the surface. It also works without the bee having to stabilise orientation. As the authors also point out, this represents a universal strategy suitable for any flying agent landing on any surface.

Baird, E., Boeddeker, N., Ibbotson, M. R., & Srinivasan, M. V. (2013). A universal strategy for visually guided landing. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201314311.

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