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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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
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Reeve, Professor Richard
Authors: Reeve, R., Webb, B., Horchler, A., Indiveri, G., and Quinn, R.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Biodiversity, One Health & Veterinary Medicine
Journal Name:Robotics and Autonomous Systems
ISSN (Online):1872-793X
Published Online:06 January 2005

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