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

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.

Motion hacking

Motion hacking

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