Predictive prey pursuit in a whiskered robot

Mitchinson, B., Pearson, M., Pipe, A. G. and Prescott, T. J. (2012) Predictive prey pursuit in a whiskered robot. In: Proceedings of 13th Advances in Autonomous Systems, Bristol, UK, August 20-23, 2012. Available from:

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Highly active small mammals need to capture prey rapidly and with a high success rate if they are to survive. We consider the case of the Etruscan shrew, which hunts prey including crickets almost as large as itself, and relies on its whiskers (vibrissae) to complete a kill. We model this hunting behaviour using a whiskered robot. Shrews strike rapidly and accurately after gathering very limited sensory information; we attempt to match this performance by using model-based simultaneous discrimination and localisation of a ‘prey’ robot (i.e. by using strong priors). We report performance that is comparable, given the spatial and temporal scale differences, to shrew performance in most respects.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:whiskered robot, predictive prey pursuit
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Environment and Technology > Department of Engineering Design and Mathematics
ID Code:18388
Deposited By: Dr M. Pearson
Deposited On:21 Jan 2013 10:22
Last Modified:03 Dec 2017 22:12

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