Development of quadruped animaroid for social interaction test with rats and mice

Hiroyuki Ishii, A. Komura, Y. Masuda, S. Miyagishima, A. Takanishi, S. Okabayashi, N. Iida, H. Kimura

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Abstract

In psychology and basic medical science, many studies have been performed with experiments on animals such as rats and mice, to clarify mechanisms of mental disorders. With this aim, several "mental disorder model" rats and mice have been developed by genetic manipulation, giving psychotropic drugs, injuring their brain or breeding under special conditions. "Social interaction test" is one of the experimental protocols to evaluate their appropriateness. However, this test is not popular because of lack of reproducibility. Thus, we consider the robotic agent that interacts with a rat/mouse in the social interaction test provides new opportunities to perform it under more strict conditions. We have then developed a quadruped animaroid, WR-1. WR-1 has four 3-DOF legs, 2-DOF waist and 1-DOF neck. WR-1 walks with both crawl and trot gait. WR-1 also reproduces rearing and head shake behavior. Size of WR-1 is larger and motion performance lower than those of a mature rat. However, in a social interaction test with a rat and WR-1, some social interactions were observed between them.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2009 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM 2009
Pages1724-1729
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Nov 4
Event2009 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM 2009 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 2009 Jul 142009 Jul 17

Publication series

NameIEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM

Conference

Conference2009 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM 2009
CountrySingapore
CitySingapore
Period09/7/1409/7/17

Keywords

  • Behavioral robotics
  • Quadruped robot
  • Social interaction test of rats

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Ishii, H., Komura, A., Masuda, Y., Miyagishima, S., Takanishi, A., Okabayashi, S., Iida, N., & Kimura, H. (2009). Development of quadruped animaroid for social interaction test with rats and mice. In 2009 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM 2009 (pp. 1724-1729). [5229804] (IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM). https://doi.org/10.1109/AIM.2009.5229804