behaviour, evolution, theory
The BET Lab is an interdisciplinary collection of individuals interested in behaviours and behavioural mechanisms, both in animals and in artificial systems. We apply a range of theoretical approaches, from mathematics and statistics, decision theory, computer science, and physics.
Historically called the ‘Behavioural and Evolutionary Theory’ Lab, nowadays we often consider neuroscience mechanisms or analogues, and increasingly test our theories in, or develop new algorithms for, robots.
Opteran Technologies closes £10 million seed+ round24 June 2022
Lab spinout Opteran, the brain-biomimicry company, has secured £10m in Seed+ funding to scale up its Natural Intelligence technology. The funding round, led by Join, included IQ Capital, Episode 1, Seraphim, and newly-established fund Northern Gritstone.
The latest round of investment takes Opteran’s total private investment up to over £12m, enabling it to continue taking IP developed within the lab to market, as well as developing new IP of its own.
Read more about the funding announcement at Sky News.
Opteran Technologies closes £2.1 million seed round24 November 2020
James and Alex’s spinout Opteran Technologies today announced its £2.1 million seed funding round, led by IQ Capital, with participation from Episode 1, Seraphim, and Join. The investment will enable them to further develop and commercialise their core ‘Natural Intelligence’ technology stack for autonomous systems, which is based on core IP developed during the Brains on Board research project.
The funding announcement received widespread coverage including in mainstream media:
‘How insect brains could help build technology to steer driverless cars’, The Telegraph, 24 November 2020.
Opteran Technologies pre-seed funding secured23 September 2019
James and Alex, together with David Rajan, have secured £230,000 of pre-seed investment from the Northern Triangle Initiative, part of the Connecting Capabilities Fund of the British Business Bank, to move Opteran Technologies towards the market.
Swarm Awareness grant funded5 October 2018
James and Giovanni have been awarded the basic research grant Swarm Awareness from the ONRG. The Swarm Awareness project aims to endow a swarm with awareness of its own state, thus allowing individual agents to reach a consensus on the global swarm state.
Particular examples of states to measure are swarm size (number of agents), fraction of the swarm committed to a unique decision (quorum), and super-threshold decision (decision-state). For open positions, visit the project web page.