New technologies for testing a model of cricket phonotaxis on an outdoor robot

Reeve, R. , Webb, B., Horchler, A., Indiveri, G. and Quinn, R. (2005) New technologies for testing a model of cricket phonotaxis on an outdoor robot. Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 51(1), pp. 41-54. (doi:10.1016/j.robot.2004.08.010)

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Abstract

If biological inspiration can be used to build robots that deal robustly with complex environments, it should be possible to demonstrate that ‘biorobots’ can function in natural environments. We report on initial outdoor experiments with a robot designed to emulate cricket behaviour. The work integrates a detailed neural model of auditory localisation in the cricket with a robot morphology that incorporates principles of six-legged locomotion. We demonstrate that it can successfully track a cricket calling song over natural terrain. Limitations in its capability are evaluated, and a number of biologically based improvements are suggested for future work.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Reeve, Dr Richard
Authors: Reeve, R., Webb, B., Horchler, A., Indiveri, G., and Quinn, R.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
Journal Name:Robotics and Autonomous Systems
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0921-8890
ISSN (Online):1872-793X
Published Online:06 January 2005

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