Using marker-based motion capture to develop a head bobbing robotic lizard

Frohnwieser, Anna and Willmott, Sandy and Murray, John and Pike, Tom and Wilkinson, Anna (2016) Using marker-based motion capture to develop a head bobbing robotic lizard. In: From Animals to Animats 14. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 9825 . Springer, pp. 12-21. ISBN 9783319434889, 9783319434872

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Robotic animals are regularly used in behavioral experiments, typically in experimental interactions with individuals of the species they were modelled on. In order to do so successfully, these robots need to be designed carefully, taking into consideration the specific perceptual system of the model species. We used marker-based motion capture to measure head bobbing in a widely popular lizard species, bearded dragons, and found that head bobbing is highly stereotypic yet differs subtly when displayed towards males and females. These results were then used for the construction of a robotic lizard, with the aim to use it in behavioral and cognitive studies, focusing on social cognition. This is the first study to use motion capture of head bobbing in lizards to inform the design of a robotic animal.

Additional Information:14th International Conference on Simulation of Adaptive Behavior, SAB 2016, Aberystwyth, UK, August 23-26, 2016, Proceedings
Keywords:Motion capture, Robotic lizard, Bearded dragon, Head bobbing
Subjects:H Engineering > H671 Robotics
D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D300 Animal Science
Divisions:College of Science > School of Computer Science
College of Science > School of Life Sciences
College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
ID Code:23752
Deposited On:18 Aug 2016 11:13

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