Final Meeting Feb 2020

STEP2DYNA: Spatial-Temporal Information Processing for Collision Detection in Dynamic Environments

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement number no 691154


Location: Cambridge Hotel, Granta Place, Mill Ln, Cambridge CB2 1RT, United Kingdom

(Please note: The hotel has changed its name – it was formally DoubleTree by Hilton Cambridge City Centre) 







Welcome tea and coffee served with Danish pastries and fresh fruit.



Introduction and group photo



WP1: Collision detection visual neural systems modelling.

Coordinator’s/WP Leader Reports

Shigang Yue, Julieta Sztarker


WP2: Multiple visual neural systems coordination for robust collision detection.

Coordinator’s/WP Leader Reports

Shigang Yue on behalf of GZHU


WP3: Neuro-vision sensor design, simulation and testing.

Coordinator’s/WP Leader Reports

Shigang Yue and Zhihua Wang via video conference


Mid-morning break

Tea and coffee served with strawberry smoothie and cookies



WP4: Collision detection and avoidance systems for robots and UAVs.

Coordinator’s/WP Leader Reports


Hongzhuo Liang


WP5: Joint workshops, conference and dissemination.

Coordinator’s/WP Leader Reports

Shigang Yue


WP6: Project management and market exploitation.

Coordinator’s/WP Leader Reports

Shigang Yue


Researcher presentations

Characterization of synapses on a collision detector neuron (MLG1) of the crab Neohelice granulata (10min)

Brain-Computer Interface for Human-Multi-Robot Strategic Consensus (10min)

An orientational looming detector model for MLG1 in the crab Neohelice (10min)

Vision based robotic grasping (10min)


Florencia Scarano


Junhao Xiao


Hao Luan


Hongzhuo Liang



Two course hot and cold buffet.



Final comments and round table

This discussion will conclude the meeting by summarising the output of the network so far and recommendations for the finalisation of the project.



Meeting close



Afternoon excursion: Walking tour of Cambridge. Please meet in the hotel lobby.

Tour company Cambridge and Beyond.


Evening meal: Varsity Restaurant, 35 St Andrews St, Cambridge, CB2 3AR.

The restaurant is a 10 minute walk from the Cambridge Hotel. If you would like to walk to the restaurant as a group, please meet in the hotel lobby at 18.15. Otherwise we will meet you there.

The restaurant does not require pre-orders, but you can preview the a la carte and dessert menu here


Event Details

Register to attend: Please register your attendance via our Eventbrite events page.

(For those partners planning on attending both the STEP2DYNA and the ULTRACEPT event, please register for both events – you can find the ULTRACEPT registration page here).

Enquiries: For any event enquiries please contact Research Projects Manager Colleen Mitchell


Cambridge Hotel directions from London Stansted Airport/ London City Airport/ Heathrow Airport/ Lutton Airport/ Gatwick airport/London city centre

Cambridge Hotel website

Parking at the Cambridge Hotel: Day delegate and Special Event parking is available on site. The first 3 hours are complimentary, thereafter £2.50 per hour per car. 24 hr resident parking is available at £19.50 per night to be settled upon departure.

Accommodation options: Cambridge has a range of accommodation options available. However, if you would like to stay at the Cambridge Hotel, then please advise Colleen by Monday 13th January 2020 as we may be able to access group discount rates.

Travel Tips

What to see and do whilst visiting Cambridge: The Hilton provides a detailed guide on sightseeing highlights in Cambridge city and the surrounding area.

Currency: The UK uses Pound Sterling

Electricity: The electrical current is 220 volts AC. Wall outlets take a three pronged plug only used in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Driving: In the UK they drive on the left hand side of the road with speed signs in miles per hour (mph).

What to pack for your trip: February is typically a cold time of year, so pack gloves, hat, and a warm coat. I recommend you wear warm layers of clothing so you can add more when venturing outside. It also tends to rain a lot in the UK, so I suggest bringing an umbrella!