JRM Vol.34 No.2 pp. 301-303
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2022.p0301


Motion Hacking – Understanding by Controlling Animals

Dai Owaki* and Volker Dürr**

*Department of Robotics, Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University
6-6-01 Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8579, Japan

**Department of Biological Cybernetics, Faculty of Biology, Bielefeld University
25 Universitätsstr, Bielefeld D-33615, Germany

September 20, 2021
November 15, 2021
April 20, 2022
insect walking, inter-leg coordination, motion hacking, electrostimulation
Motion Hacking – <i>Understanding by Controlling Animals</i> –

Motion hacking

Insects exhibit resilient and flexible capabilities allowing them to adapt their walk in response to changes of the environment or body properties, for example the loss of a leg. While the motor control paradigm governing inter-leg coordination has been extensively studied in the past for such adaptive walking, the neural mechanism remains unknown. To overcome this situation, the project “Motion Hacking” develops a method for hacking leg movements by electrostimulating leg muscles while retaining the natural sensorimotor functions of the insect. This research aims to elucidate the flexible inter-leg coordination mechanism underlying insect walking by observing the adapting process of inter-leg coordination with the insect nervous system when leg movements are externally controlled via motion hacking.

Cite this article as:
Dai Owaki and Volker Dürr, “Motion Hacking – Understanding by Controlling Animals –,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.34, No.2, pp. 301-303, 2022.
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