Journal of Bionic Engineering

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 327–335 | Cite as

Parasitic robot system for waypoint navigation of turtle

  • Dae-Gun Kim
  • Serin Lee
  • Cheol-Hu Kim
  • Sungho Jo
  • Phill-Seung LeeEmail author


In research on small mobile robots and biomimetic robots, locomotion ability remains a major issue despite many advances in technology. However, evolution has led to there being many real animals capable of excellent locomotion. This paper presents a “parasitic robot system” whereby locomotion abilities of an animal are applied to a robot task. We chose a turtle as our first host animal and designed a parasitic robot that can perform “operant conditioning”. The parasitic robot, which is attached to the turtle, can induce object-tracking behavior of the turtle toward a Light Emitting Diode (LED) and positively reinforce the behavior through repeated stimulus-response interaction. After training sessions over five weeks, the robot could successfully control the direction of movement of the trained turtles in the waypoint navigation task. This hybrid animal-robot interaction system could provide an alternative solution to some of the limitations of conventional mobile robot systems in various fields, and could also act as a useful interaction system for the behavioral sciences.


parasitic robot operant conditioning waypoint navigation red-eared slider trachemys scripta elegans 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dae-Gun Kim
    • 1
  • Serin Lee
    • 2
  • Cheol-Hu Kim
    • 1
  • Sungho Jo
    • 3
  • Phill-Seung Lee
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringKorea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)DaejeonRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Institute for Infocomm ResearchConnexisSingapore
  3. 3.Department of Computer ScienceKorea Advanced Institute of Science and TechnologyDaejeonRepublic of Korea

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