Friday, May 25 2018

Field work in the zoo Upie Jardin des Oiseaux

 The team Avineck collected data on the biomechanics of the neck in birds. The aim of this project is to better understand the kinematics of their suspended locomotion.

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Friday, April 27 2018

Field work in the woods

Our collaborators (specialized in ecology) from irstea - National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture in Nogent surf Vernisson work in the woods to collect quantitative data on birds.

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Thursday, April 19 2018

Invited

Avineck postdoc Christine Böhmer is invited to give a lecture (Evolutionsbiologisches Kolloquium) at the Institut für Zoologie at the Forschungsmuseum Koenig in Bonn, Germany.

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4th meeting Avineck


The 4th meeting of the interdisciplinary Avineck research group took place in the Cévennes in south-central France. The field trip organized by Olivier Duriez (CEFE, Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionelle & Evolutive, UMR 5175 CNRS Montpellier) and Anick Abourachid (project coordinator and professor at UMR 7179 CNRS/Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris).

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Sunday, March 25 2018

Annual meeting of vertebrate palaeontologists (AKW) in Magdeburg

The annual meeting of vertebrate palaeontologists in Germany (AKW) took place in Magdeburg. The overall topic of the conference this year was "Biomechanics" and fitted extremely well with the research of the project Avineck. The team of Avineck participated with a presentation on the functional morphology of the neck in birds.

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5th Young Natural History Scientists Meeting (YNHM) in Paris

The 5th Young Natural History Scientists Meeting (YNHM) took place in Paris. The team of Avineck participated at this annual conference with a work on the cervical vertebrae of birds.

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Thursday, February 15 2018

Student & Supervisor meeting Avineck

A number of students (biologists, ecologists and enginieers) started their internship recently. The "Student & Supervisor meeting" in Paris on February 15, 2018 was a great opportunity to exchange information. 

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Saturday, January 20 2018

SICB 2018 in San Francisco

The annual conference of the Society of Integrative & Comparative Biology took place in San Francisco in January 2018. Members of the Avineck team present their research results.

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Wednesday, December 13 2017

Advances & future steps in the project Avineck

Progress report on the recent achievements within the project Avineck. The end of the year is approaching and this is a perfect opportunity to review the research work of the Avineck team.

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Thursday, December 7 2017

GDR Robotique, the French National Network in Robotic Research

The annual meeting of the French research group in robotics (GDR Robotique) was held in novembre 2017. The Avineck team was represented by our colleagues of the ReV (Robotique et Vivant) UMR6004 LS2N (Laboratoire des Sciences du Numérique) de Nantes

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Sunday, November 26 2017

Student opportunities!

Undergraduate students wishing to conduct research within the ANR-funded project Avineck can apply for a limited number of posts.

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Wednesday, November 22 2017

IMT Atlantique Nantes SUBATECH

Meeting with our collaborators working in the SUBATECH research unit at the IMT Atlantique in Nantes.

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Monday, November 6 2017

Welcome to our new postdoc Christine Böhmer

Avineck welcomes Dr. Christine Böhmer, who joined our group as a postdoctoral researcher from the beginning of November.

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Thursday, October 5 2017

3rd meeting Avineck

On recent advances & future prospectives: 3rd meeting of the interdisciplinary Avineck research group in Paris on October 10, 2017.

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Thursday, June 22 2017

2nd meeting - Avineck

The interdisciplinary team of researchers will come together for a 2nd meeting in Nantes on June 23, 2017.

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Tuesday, June 20 2017

Visit: Nogent sur Vernisson

Meeting with our collaborators (specialized in ecology) working at the irstea - National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture in Nogent surf Vernisson.

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Tuesday, June 13 2017

Bird capture & ringing

The objective of the Avineck project is to quantify and understand the relationship between the anatomy of the bird neck, its mechanical properties and function. Therefore, the performance of selected avian species is measured.

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Thursday, May 11 2017

Climbing training

In order to be able to climb safely in trees and to take measurements in great heights, members of the Avineck project sucessfully participated in a climbing course.

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Wednesday, April 26 2017

1st meeting

Avineck is a highly interdisciplinary project and involves a number of collaborators.

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Saturday, April 1 2017

Funding by ANR

Exciting news!

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The neck of birds, an arm for robots

The evolution of flight in birds led to a highly specialized appendicular apparatus. The transformation into wings limited the functional versatility of the forelimbs and, thus, the avian neck became the functional equivalent of the arm. In combination with the beak, the head-neck system of birds acts as a tool-bearing arm.

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