Behavior Change of Crickets in a Robot-Mixed Society
Rodrigo da Silva Guerra*1, Hitoshi Aonuma*2, Koh Hosoda*1, *3,
and Minoru Asada*1, *4
*1JST ERATO Asada Synergistic Intelligence Project
*2Research Institute for Electronic Science, Hokkaido University
*3Department of Multimedia Engineering, Graduate School of Information Science, Osaka University
*4Department of Adaptive Machine Systems, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University
This paper presents a study on cricket behavior using an interdisciplinary robot/insect mixed society setup. Field crickets of the species Gryllus bimaculatus were allowed to interact with micro-robots equipped with decoys. This allows the stimulation of insect behaviors that are usually difficult to bring out evoke insects alone, allowing consistent behavioral research. We performed a set of experiments focused on the comparative study of the behavior of dominant and subordinate male crickets after a dominance dispute is settled. From these experiments we were able to collect evidence on the differences between subordinate and dominant behavior towards different decoys.
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