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

Hiroyuki Ishii, A. Komura, Y. Masuda, S. Miyagishima, Atsuo 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 publicationIEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM
    Pages1724-1729
    Number of pages6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    Event2009 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM 2009 - Singapore
    Duration: 2009 Jul 142009 Jul 17

    Other

    Other2009 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM 2009
    CitySingapore
    Period09/7/1409/7/17

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    Keywords

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

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

    Cite this

    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 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM (pp. 1724-1729). [5229804] https://doi.org/10.1109/AIM.2009.5229804