A rat-like robot for interacting with real rats

Qing Shi, Hiroyuki Ishii, Shinichi Kinoshita, Shinichiro Konno, Atsuo Takanishi, Satoshi Okabayashi, Naritoshi Iida, Hiroshi Kimura

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    Abstract

    We develsoped a novel small rat-like robot called Waseda Rat No. 4 (WR-4) to interact with real rats. WR-4 can perform both rearing (rising up on its hind limbs) and rotating (body bending during movement) actions faster than live mature rats. After robot-rat interaction involving rearing and body grooming (body cuddling and head curling) actions of WR-4, real rats showed more activity and greater interest in the robot. Similar results evident from rat-rat interaction suggest that a rat-like robot is able to interact with rats in the same way as real rats. Furthermore, lower variances between the rat subjects in robot-rat interaction reveals that a rat-like robot can more effectively impact rat's behavior in a controllable, predictable way.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1337-1350
    Number of pages14
    JournalRobotica
    Volume31
    Issue number8
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013 Dec

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    Keywords

    • Biomimetic robots
    • Design
    • Mobile robots
    • Rat-like
    • Robot-rat interaction
    • WR-4

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Control and Systems Engineering
    • Computer Science Applications
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    Shi, Q., Ishii, H., Kinoshita, S., Konno, S., Takanishi, A., Okabayashi, S., ... Kimura, H. (2013). A rat-like robot for interacting with real rats. Robotica, 31(8), 1337-1350. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0263574713000568

    A rat-like robot for interacting with real rats. / Shi, Qing; Ishii, Hiroyuki; Kinoshita, Shinichi; Konno, Shinichiro; Takanishi, Atsuo; Okabayashi, Satoshi; Iida, Naritoshi; Kimura, Hiroshi.

    In: Robotica, Vol. 31, No. 8, 12.2013, p. 1337-1350.

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    Shi, Q, Ishii, H, Kinoshita, S, Konno, S, Takanishi, A, Okabayashi, S, Iida, N & Kimura, H 2013, 'A rat-like robot for interacting with real rats', Robotica, vol. 31, no. 8, pp. 1337-1350. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0263574713000568
    Shi Q, Ishii H, Kinoshita S, Konno S, Takanishi A, Okabayashi S et al. A rat-like robot for interacting with real rats. Robotica. 2013 Dec;31(8):1337-1350. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0263574713000568
    Shi, Qing ; Ishii, Hiroyuki ; Kinoshita, Shinichi ; Konno, Shinichiro ; Takanishi, Atsuo ; Okabayashi, Satoshi ; Iida, Naritoshi ; Kimura, Hiroshi. / A rat-like robot for interacting with real rats. In: Robotica. 2013 ; Vol. 31, No. 8. pp. 1337-1350.
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