Development of autonomous experimental setup for behavior analysis of rats

Hiroyuki Ishii, Motonori Ogura, Shunji Kurisu, Atsushi Komura, Atsuo Takanishi, Naritoshi Iida, Hiroshi Kimura

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    Abstract

    Experiments on animals has been playing very important part in psychology, medical science, genetics and brain science. Rodents are one of the most popular experimental subjects in these experiments. In psychology and brain science, behavior test and analysis on rodents, especially rats, has been performed to clarify mechanisms of mind or brain functions. "Open-field test" is one of the most popular research methods to investigate their behavior. In the "open-field test," rats are released into the "open-field," circle or square, flat arena surrounded by walls, and their behavior parameters such as position, moving distance, number of grooming and rearing are measured. With conventional experimental setups, these parameters has been measured and recorded by humans. Observing and recording are heavy task for experimenters, and also involves some human errors and subjectivity. Therefore, we developed an autonomous experimental setup which measures rats' position, number of grooming and rearing in the open-field. In addition, an active tracking camera which takes high resolution images of the rat in the open-field was developed. To prevent losing tracks of the rat, a prediction model of rat's movement is developed and integrated into the control of this camera.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationIEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
    Pages4152-4157
    Number of pages6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    Event2007 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2007 - San Diego, CA
    Duration: 2007 Oct 292007 Nov 2

    Other

    Other2007 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2007
    CitySan Diego, CA
    Period07/10/2907/11/2

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    Keywords

    • Animal
    • Behavior analysis
    • Prediction model
    • Tracking camera

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Control and Systems Engineering

    Cite this

    Ishii, H., Ogura, M., Kurisu, S., Komura, A., Takanishi, A., Iida, N., & Kimura, H. (2007). Development of autonomous experimental setup for behavior analysis of rats. In IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (pp. 4152-4157). [4399587] https://doi.org/10.1109/IROS.2007.4399587