Robin Mills is a PhD student at the University of Groningen (prof. Charlotte Hemelrijk's group), and currently working as an academic visitor in the Oxford Flight Group (prof. Graham Taylor's group). His interests lie on the intersection between AI, machine learning, neuroscience, biology and physics. His PhD work is on guidance and control in aerial hunting by raptors. He builds simulations of bird flight to examine why raptors in general, and peregrine falcons in particular, should choose to use the spectacular, risky, and extraordinarily challenging attack behavior of stooping to catch their prey. In his simulations, he combines detailed kinematic and aerodynamic modelling with modelling of the vision, guidance, dynamics, and control of both raptor and prey. His aim is to reverse engineer the attacking falcon in order to engineer autonomous robot falcons that can be used to chase away birds from airports. Previously, Robin has conducted work on biologically-inspired computer vision. For his master thesis (Brown University, under supervision of Thomas Serre), he studied the role of large computer graphics databases as training data for biologically-inspired deep neural networks used for image and video classification.
Interested in why peregrine falcons stoop at extreme speeds to catch their prey? See my latest research output here
or read media coverage about the research here