Development of a mobile robot to study the collective behavior of zebrafish

F. Bonnet, P. Rétornaz, J. I. Halloy, A. Gribovskiy and F. Mondada.

Proceedings of the IEEE RAS-EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, Roma, Italy, 2012.

DOI: 10.1109/BioRob.2012.6290826

Used by the ASSISI | bf project

A robot accepted by animals as conspecifics is a very powerful tool in behavioral biology, particularly in studies of Mixed societies, where animals and artifical agents interact and cooperate to produce shared collective interlligence. In this paper, a robotic zebrafish designed for experiments on the collective animal behaviour is presented. The robot consists of two modules: a replica fish fixed on the magnetic base and a miniature mobile robot guiding the replica fish from below the experimental tank.