Artificial Ethology

Paperback | May 15, 2001

byOwen Holland, David McFarland

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Artificial ethology is an exciting new field of research that explores the ways that we can use robots and robotics to enhance our understanding of how real animals behave. Modelling and computer simulations combined with empirical research are the traditional tools of animal behaviour. Thisnew text sets out to show how experimentation with animal-like robots can add a new dimension to our understanding of behavioural questions. Introductory chapters explain the history of the use of models in animal behaviour, and describe how animal like mobile robots 'evolved' during thedevelopment of the discipline. Then thematic chapters scrutinise sensory processes and orientation, motor co-ordination, and motivation and learning in turn. Each thematic exploration is exemplified by a series of case studies, written by some of the leading researchers in artificial ethology. Fromrobotic lobsters to robot crickets and robot 'sheepdogs', each of these case studies give a detailed description of a particular problem, research approach, and robot application. The examples bring the text to life, and will enable students to get an in- depth picture of the potential and thepracticalities of this research. The text concludes with a discussion of general points arising from the use of robots in biological research, and the rationale for using real robots as opposed to simulation. Aimed at advanced students taking courses in animal behaviour, the text should also be ofinterest to computer scientists and engineers interested in robotics, artificial intelligence, and the study of biological systems.

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Artificial ethology is an exciting new field of research that explores the ways that we can use robots and robotics to enhance our understanding of how real animals behave. Modelling and computer simulations combined with empirical research are the traditional tools of animal behaviour. Thisnew text sets out to show how experimentation...

Owen Holland, Intelligent Autonomous Systems Laboratory, Faculty of Engineering, University of the West of England, Coldharbour Lane, Frenchay, Bristol BS16 1QY Currently a visiting research fellow at Caltech: owen@micro.caltech.edu David MacFarland, Animal Behaviour Unit, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK. da...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.59 inPublished:May 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Contents List - Page 1Chapter 1 History of models in ethologyChapter 2 The evolution of animal-like mobile robotsChapter 3 Sensory processes and orientation Case study 1 - How robotic lobsters locate odour sources in turbulent water - Frank Grasso Case study 2 - Robotic experiments on cricket phonotaxis - Barbara Webb Case study 3 - Gathering and sorting in insects and robots - Owen HollandChapter 4 Motor coordination Case study 4 - How frogs groom - Simon Giszter Case study 5 - Robotic experiments on insect walking - Holk Cruse Case study 6 - Building a robotic lobster - Joseph AyersChapter 5 Motivation and learning Case study 7 - Neural nets and robots based upon classical ethology - Janet Halperin Case study 8 - Robotic experiments on rat instrumental learning - Emmet Spier Case study 9 - Robotic experiments on complexity and cognition - Brendan McGonigleChapter 6 Why robots?Bibliography