Experimental study on task teaching to rats by a small mobile robot

Hiroyuki Ishii*, Motonori Ogura, Atsuo Takanishi, Naritoshi Iida, Hiroshi Kimura

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Since Darwin published "the theory of evolution", studying animals has been contributing to understanding human psychology and also having effects on robotic researchers. We then started to study interaction between rats and robots to develop a framework of adaptive interaction between animals and robots. Therefore, a small mobile robot, WM-6 and experimental setup were developed to perform the experimental study on interaction between rats and robots. The objective of this paper is to investigate task teaching to the rat using the robot. Referring to the technique of "shaping" proposed by Skinner, the teaching behavior algorithm for the robot was developed. This algorithm was implemented into the robot and setup. The experiment using 5 rats, three of them are experimental subjects and the others are control subjects, was performed to evaluate this algorithm. The experimental subjects learned the task while the control subjects didn't. Thus, the teaching behavior algorithm was verified.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)770-777
Number of pages8
JournalNihon Kikai Gakkai Ronbunshu, C Hen/Transactions of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, Part C
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Mar


  • Animal psychology
  • Autonomy
  • Behavior
  • Learning
  • Robot
  • Social interaction
  • Teaching robot

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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