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From Animals to Animats 9

Volume 4095 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 643-654

Experimental Study on Task Teaching to Real Rats Through Interaction with a Robotic Rat

  • Hiroyuki IshiiAffiliated withCarnegie Mellon UniversityGraduate School of Science and Engineering, Waseda University
  • , Motonori OguraAffiliated withCarnegie Mellon UniversityGraduate School of Science and Engineering, Waseda University
  • , Shunji KurisuAffiliated withCarnegie Mellon UniversityGraduate School of Science and Engineering, Waseda University
  • , Atsushi KomuraAffiliated withCarnegie Mellon UniversityGraduate School of Science and Engineering, Waseda University
  • , Atsuo TakanishiAffiliated withCarnegie Mellon UniversityDepartment of Mechanical Engineering / H.R.I., Waseda University
  • , Naritoshi IidaAffiliated withCarnegie Mellon UniversityGraduate School of Letter, Arts and Science, Waseda University
  • , Hiroshi KimuraAffiliated withCarnegie Mellon UniversityGraduate School of Letter, Arts and Science, Waseda University

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Abstract

“Learning” has been well studied in several research areas such as psychology, brain science, computer science and robotics. In these studies, many experiments using animals have been performed. On the other hand, several researchers have been studying adaptive interactions and task learning through interactions between humans and robots. We then focus on adaptive interactions between animals and robots. The purpose of our research is to develop a framework of adaptive interactions between animals and robots through interaction experiments between rats and a robotic rat. We propose a novel behavior generation algorithm for the robot to enable it to autonomously teach a simple behavior task to rats as an example of adaptive interaction. This algorithm was implemented in the robot and the experimental setup, and then verified through the experiment.