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About Michael Mangan

Michael Mangan is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science in College of Science and member of the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems (L-CAS).  He received his undergraduate degree in Avionics (MEng) from the University of Glasgow in 2004, before moving to the University of Edinburgh where he completed an MSc in Neuroinformatics (2006) and a PhD in biorobotics (2011).  He remained at the University of Edinburgh for the next 4 years receiving funding awards from the BBSRC and EPSRC.  He joined the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems in April, 2016. His primary research focuses on modelling the navigational behaviour of insects, which are able to travel through complex environments robustly despite their limited nervous and sensory systems.  Revealing the sensory and algorithmic underpinning of these capabilities will not only aid the understanding of biological systems but may also offer engineering solutions - building robots able to navigate as well as the humble ant. Mike is also keen on commercialisation with experience in two University backed ventures.

Department Responsibilities

Teaching (Mobile Robotics, Project Management, Projects) Admin (Member of the Animal Ethics Committee,...)

Subject Specialism

robotics, artificial intelligence, bio-robotics, entrepenuership


  • PhD in BioRobotics — University of Edinburgh, 2011
  • MSc in Neuroinformatics — University of Edinburgh, 2006
  • MEng in Avoinics — University of Glasgow, 2004

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Research Interests

  • animal behaviour

  • biorobotics

  • navigation

  • Neuroscience

  • Robotics

  • sensing

Research Projects

  • Exploiting invisible cues for robot navigation in complex natural environments (EP/M008479/1) — EPSRC in 2015
  • Bayesian issues in ant navigation (BB/I014543/1) — BBSRC in 2011

Research in the Lincoln Repository