A rat-like robot WR-5 for animal behavior research

Qing Shi, Hiroyuki Ishii, Hikaru Sugita, Shinichi Kinoshita, Zhuohua Lin, Atsuo Takanishi, Satoshi Okabayashi, Naritoshi Iida, Hiroshi Kimura

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    Abstract

    In animal behavior research, rat models of mental disorders (RMMDs) are developed to screen psychotropic drugs and to clarify the mechanism of mental disorders. Meanwhile, interaction between real rats is used to evaluate the RMMD. However, since rat-rat interaction is hard to control and quantify, we have adopted a bio-inspired robot to interact with real rats owing to its programmability and reconfigurability in testing different models. We have developed several rat-like robots before, however, these robots still can not fully satisfy the requirement of animal experiment. As an improvement, the newest generation rat-like robot called WR-5 is developed. WR-5 can perform mounting and grooming actions naturally as live mature rat owing to adopted differential gear in its waist. Preliminary SIT between WR-5 and mature rats have been conducted strictly following psychological rules. Experimental results show that rats are more active and have fewer frequencies of grooming and rearing actions when WR-5 performs mounting action periodically. The rat-like robot is therefore able to make the anxiety level of rats high by means of performing mounting action.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2012 - Conference Digest
    Pages784-789
    Number of pages6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    Event2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2012 - Guangzhou
    Duration: 2012 Dec 112012 Dec 14

    Other

    Other2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2012
    CityGuangzhou
    Period12/12/1112/12/14

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    Animal Behavior
    Rats
    Animals
    Robots
    Mountings
    Mental Disorders
    Grooming
    Psychotropic Drugs
    Gears

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Biotechnology

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    Shi, Q., Ishii, H., Sugita, H., Kinoshita, S., Lin, Z., Takanishi, A., ... Kimura, H. (2012). A rat-like robot WR-5 for animal behavior research. In 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2012 - Conference Digest (pp. 784-789). [6491063] https://doi.org/10.1109/ROBIO.2012.6491063

    A rat-like robot WR-5 for animal behavior research. / Shi, Qing; Ishii, Hiroyuki; Sugita, Hikaru; Kinoshita, Shinichi; Lin, Zhuohua; Takanishi, Atsuo; Okabayashi, Satoshi; Iida, Naritoshi; Kimura, Hiroshi.

    2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2012 - Conference Digest. 2012. p. 784-789 6491063.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Shi, Q, Ishii, H, Sugita, H, Kinoshita, S, Lin, Z, Takanishi, A, Okabayashi, S, Iida, N & Kimura, H 2012, A rat-like robot WR-5 for animal behavior research. in 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2012 - Conference Digest., 6491063, pp. 784-789, 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2012, Guangzhou, 12/12/11. https://doi.org/10.1109/ROBIO.2012.6491063
    Shi Q, Ishii H, Sugita H, Kinoshita S, Lin Z, Takanishi A et al. A rat-like robot WR-5 for animal behavior research. In 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2012 - Conference Digest. 2012. p. 784-789. 6491063 https://doi.org/10.1109/ROBIO.2012.6491063
    Shi, Qing ; Ishii, Hiroyuki ; Sugita, Hikaru ; Kinoshita, Shinichi ; Lin, Zhuohua ; Takanishi, Atsuo ; Okabayashi, Satoshi ; Iida, Naritoshi ; Kimura, Hiroshi. / A rat-like robot WR-5 for animal behavior research. 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2012 - Conference Digest. 2012. pp. 784-789
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