Design and development of biomimetic quadruped robot for behavior studies of rats and mice

Hiroyuki Ishii*, Yuichi Masuda, Syunsuke Miyagishima, Shogo Fumino, Atsuo Takanishi, Cecilia Laschi, Barbara Mazzolai, Virgilio Mattoli, Paolo Dario

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This paper presents the design and development of a novel biomimetic quadruped robot for behavior studies of rats and mice. Many studies have been performed using these animals for the purpose of understanding human mind in psychology, pharmacology and brain science. In these fields, several experiments on social interactions have been performed using rats as basic studies of mental disorders or social learning. However, some researchers mention that the experiments on social interactions using animals are poorly-reproducible. Therefore, we consider that reproducibility of these experiments can be improved by using a robotic agent that interacts with an animal subject. Thus, we developed a small quadruped robot WR-2 (Waseda Rat No. 2) that behaves like a real rat. Proportion and DOF arrangement of WR-2 are designed based on those of a mature rat. This robot has four 3-DOF legs, a 2-DOF waist and a 1-DOF neck. A microcontroller and a wireless communication module are implemented on it. A battery is also implemented. Thus, it can walk, rear by limbs and groom its body.

本文言語English
ホスト出版物のタイトルProceedings of the 31st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
ホスト出版物のサブタイトルEngineering the Future of Biomedicine, EMBC 2009
出版社IEEE Computer Society
ページ7192-7195
ページ数4
ISBN(印刷版)9781424432967
DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 2009 1 1
イベント31st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society: Engineering the Future of Biomedicine, EMBC 2009 - Minneapolis, MN, United States
継続期間: 2009 9 22009 9 6

出版物シリーズ

名前Proceedings of the 31st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society: Engineering the Future of Biomedicine, EMBC 2009

Conference

Conference31st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society: Engineering the Future of Biomedicine, EMBC 2009
国/地域United States
CityMinneapolis, MN
Period09/9/209/9/6

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 細胞生物学
  • 発生生物学
  • 生体医工学
  • 医学(全般)

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