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ELWAVE develops solutions based on electrical sensory perception, known as "electric sense", developed since 2007 by the biorobotics research group in Mines-Telecom Atlantique Institute.
ELWAVE technology takes its inspiration from the sensory mode used by tropical freshwater fish (African mormyrids and South American gymnotiforms), which have developed electrical sensory perception in order to move around, capture their prey and communicate with each other in an environment where vision and sonar (acoustic communication - echolocation) are inefficient.
Electrical sensory perception is based on sensing disturbances produced by the environment in an electric field generated by fish: these fish emit a 360° electric field around themselves which is disturbed by obstacles in their habitat, by other fish and by predators. The electro-receptor cells in their skin detect, measure and record these disturbances to create a three-dimensional image of their surroundings at any given moment.
INSTITUT CARNOT - MINES / ELWAVE equips robots with a 6th sense with its "electric sense" technology
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Among the many research projects conducted at the University of Queensland in Australia, those of Professor Justin Marshall are of particular interest to us. It concerns the faculties of the 'famous' mantis shrimp or 'multicoloured squid' (Odontodactylus scyllarus). An animal with Herculean strength, it is found in the Indian Ocean and in the western part of the Pacific Ocean.
Studied for the manufacture of ultra-resistant materials, this mantis shrimp is also the subject of interest to researchers for its amazing eyes. These are composed of ommatidia, which are themselves made up of photoreceptor cells with fine cell extensions, microvilli, that can filter polarised light. Polarised light is light that vibrates in one direction only. Filtering it makes it possible to better detect contrasts (think of the filters on cameras or sunglasses), but also... cancers! Cancers reflect polarised light differently than healthy tissue.
This property inspired Justin Marshall and his colleagues at the University of Queensland in Australia to build a camera that detects tumours, something our visual system is normally unable to do. Here, the camera converts images that are invisible to us into colours that we can perceive.
The board Biomim'review :
QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY / 5 DEC 2014 / Nature's elegant and efficient vision systems can detect cancer
THE VISION HOUSE / 9 MAR 2015 / THE EYES OF THE SQUILLA INSPIRE CANCER RESEARCH!
GENT SIDE / 23 MAY 2019 / The mantis shrimp, a crustacean with a completely unique visual perception
HUFFPOST / 29 SEP 2014 / Cancer detection at a glance? Scientists reproduce the eyes of the mantis shrimp, which can do this
But also :
SCIENCE AND FUTURE / 03 JUL 2014 / See life in UV, like the mantis shrimp
FUTURA TECH / 31 OCT 2009 / Will the squilla, a marine crustacean, help to read DVDs better?
Professor Justin Marshall
Professorial Research Fellow
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REVEALS THE INVISIBLE
With the world's most advanced neuromorphic vision systems, inspired by human vision and built on the foundation of neuromorphic engineering.
PROPHESEE is the revolutionary system that gives Metavision to machines, revealing what was previously invisible to them.
Prophesee is the inventor of the world's most advanced neuromorphic vision systems.
Inspired by human vision, Prophesee's technology uses a patented sensor design and AI algorithms that mimic the eye and brain to reveal what was invisible until now using standard frame-based technology.
Prophesee's machine vision systems open new potential in areas such as autonomous vehicles, industrial automation, IoT, security and surveillance, and AR/VR. One early application was in medical devices that restore vision to the blind.
Prophesee's technology is fundamentally different from the traditional image sensors - it introduces a paradigm shift in computer vision: event-based vision.
Guillaume Butin's presentation at Biomim'expo 2019:
The board Biomim'review :
Other releases :
BFM Business 26 FEB 2020 : Sony acquires stake in French company Prophesee to further develop machine vision
Engineering techniques 18 MAR 2020 : Prophesee develops neuromorphic vision sensors
Les Echos Entrepreneurs 28 OCT 2019 : Prophesee secures €25 million and deploys its sensors in industry
The Tribune 28 OCT 2019: Deeptech Prophesee raises €25 million to give sight to the blind and to machines
Le Figaro 28 OCT 2019: Prophesee raises 25 million and shows new ambitions
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The Institut des Sciences du Mouvement Etienne-Jules Marey is a Joint Research Unit (UMR 7287), associating Aix-Marseille University and the CNRS through the Institute of Biological Sciences (INSB), the main institute, and three secondary institutes: the Institute of Engineering and Systems Sciences (INSIS); the Institute of Computer Sciences and their Interactions (INS2I) and the Institute of Human and Social Sciences (INSHS).
The institute is located on several sites of Aix-Marseille University, the Luminy campus, the Sainte-Marguerite Hospital, the Timone Hospital, and the IUT site of Aix-en-Provence
The Institute's research themes focus on the mechanical, physiological, neurological, psychological and sociological determinants of the motor skills of living beings, particularly humans.
The Institute's project is to develop interdisciplinarity for the study of Movement, in order to work at the frontiers of disciplinary fields.
- PSNM: Plasticity of Nervous and Muscular Systems
- AdapJust: Adaptations and adjustments to external and internal constraints
- DCI: Behavioural Dynamics and Immersion
- ICS: Interactions Cognition Sensorimotricity
- CMC: Contexts, Motivation and Behaviour
- P3M: Motor Performance and Multi-scale Modelling
- BIOROB: Biobotics
- GIBOC: Interdisciplinary Group in Osteoarticular Biomechanics
- BID: Bio-Inspired Design
The portrait page in the Biomim'BOOK 2019 :
Sources / contacts :
UMR 7287 CNRS & Aix-Marseille University
Faculty of Sport Sciences, CP 910
163, av. de Luminy F-13288 Marseille cedex 09 (FRANCE)
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Fax: +33 (0)491 17 22 52
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Her name is Cataglyphis and she's great. She is a desert ant, a navigator who moves without GPS, thanks to a celestial compass because she can "read" light!
Researchers have deciphered its secret and even used it as a bio-inspired tool to develop the AntBot robot, a revolution in future navigation strategies.
Discover this fantastic story inspired by the living with Stéphane Viollet, Director of Research at CNRS, Institut des Sciences du Mouvement (ISM-UMR7287) Aix Marseille University, and Antoine Wystrach, Research Fellow at the CNRS, Animal Cognition Research Centre in Toulouse (CNRS) Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse III), told at Biomim'expo 2019.
Other videos :
Sources / contacts :
Other releases :
The CNRS press release: The first legged robot that moves without GPS
Futura Sciences : Meet Antbot, an ant-inspired robot that moves without GPS
EDIXIA AUTOMATION has been the specialist in machine vision for over 35 years. The strength of our company is that we were in the digital business before anyone else! Today, we offer a wide range of products for surface inspection by vision. Innovation is the rhythm of our daily life!
For more information, visit www.edixia.fr
Gilles Wackenheim, President Edixia Automation
Luca Verre Co-Founder and Managing Director of Prophesee
Luca Verre holds a double Master's degree in Physics, Electronics and Industrial Engineering from Politecnico di Milano and École Centrale and an MBA from INSEAD.
Luca's career has included many experiences in International Management, Marketing and Business Development in the automotive and electronics industry. Luca has been a research assistant in photonics at Imperial College of London, an engineer at Altis Semiconductors, Toyota and Schneider Electric.
Luca Verre Co-founder and CEO of Prophesee
Luca Verre holds a double first-class MSc in Physics, Electronic and Industrial Engineering from Politecnico di Milano and Ecole Centrale and an MBA from INSEAD.
Luca has extensive international management experience and a background in the automotive and electronics industries. His experience includes project and product management, marketing and business development roles at Schneider Electric. Prior to Schneider Electric, Luca worked as an engineer with Toyota and Altis Semiconductor as well as a Research Assistant in Photonics at the Imperial College of London.