Interactive robots in experimental biology

Krause, J., Winfield, A. F. and Deneubourg, J.-L. (2011) Interactive robots in experimental biology. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 26 (7). pp. 369-375. ISSN 0169-5347 Available from:

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Interactive robots have the potential to revolutionise the study of social behaviour because they provide several methodological advances. In interactions with live animals, the behaviour of robots can be standardised, morphology and behaviour can be decoupled (so that different morphologies and behavioural strategies can be combined), behaviour can be manipulated in complex interaction sequences and models of behaviour can be embodied by the robot and thereby be tested. Furthermore, robots can be used as demonstrators in experiments on social learning. As we discuss here, the opportunities that robots create for new experimental approaches have far-reaching consequences for research in fields such as mate choice, cooperation, social learning, personality studies and collective behaviour.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Paper published online before print, 14th April 2011
Uncontrolled Keywords:interactive robots, experimental biology
ID Code:14675
Deposited By: Professor A. Winfield
Deposited On:26 May 2011 09:12
Last Modified:13 Mar 2018 15:47

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