Rat meets iRat

Wiles, Janet, Heath, Scott, Ball, David, Quinn, Laleh, & Chiba, Andrea (2012) Rat meets iRat. In 2012 IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and Epigenetic Robotics (ICDL), San Diego, CA, pp. 1-2.

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Biorobotics has the potential to provide an integrated understanding from neural systems to behavior that is neither ethical nor technically feasible with living systems. Robots that can interact with animals in their natural environment open new possibilities for empirical studies in neuroscience. However, designing a robot that can interact with a rodent requires considerations that span a range of disciplines. For the rat's safety, the body form and movements of the robot need to take into consideration the safety of the animal, an appropriate size for the rodent arenas, and behaviors for interaction. For the robot's safety, its form must be robust in the face of typically inquisitive and potentially aggressive behaviors by the rodent, which can include chewing on exposed parts, including electronics, and deliberate or accidental fouling. We designed a rat-sized robot, the iRat (intelligent rat animat technology) for studies in neuroscience. The iRat is about the same size as a rat and has the ability to navigate autonomously around small environments. In this study we report the first interactions between the iRat and real rodents in a free exploration task. Studies with five rats show that the rats and iRat interact safely for both parties.

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ID Code: 59943
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: robotics
DOI: 10.1109/DevLrn.2012.6400870
ISBN: 9781467349659
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 12 May 2013 22:43
Last Modified: 14 May 2013 01:01

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