Individual differences in boldness affect the interactions between fish and robots

Nicole Abaid, Stefano Marras, Corine Fitzgibbons, Maurizio Porfiri

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Abstract

Although many species of robotic animal models have been developed in recent years, their effect on animal behavior is largely unexplored. In this work, we investigate the feasibil-ity of regulating the behavior of golden shiners (Notemigonus crysoleucas) engaged in a risk-taking test using a robotic fish dis-playing characteristics of bold or shy individuals. Fish are char-acterized according to an individual boldness criterion and their individual interactions with a self-propelled biomimetic robot ex-hibiting typical bold and shy behaviors are scored. We find that bold individuals are relatively insensitive to the behavior of the robot, while the presence of the robot may embolden shy fish. Specifically, shy fish show affinity for the robotic fish when it displays both bold and shy behaviors. The results of this work may inform the design of engineering methods to regulate fish behavior for the purposes of animal control, conservation, and production.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASME 2012 5th Annual Dynamic Systems and Control Conference Joint with the JSME 2012 11th Motion and Vibration Conference, DSCC 2012-MOVIC 2012
Pages171-178
Number of pages8
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012
EventASME 2012 5th Annual Dynamic Systems and Control Conference Joint with the JSME 2012 11th Motion and Vibration Conference, DSCC 2012-MOVIC 2012 - Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States
Duration: Oct 17 2012Oct 19 2012

Publication series

NameASME 2012 5th Annual Dynamic Systems and Control Conference Joint with the JSME 2012 11th Motion and Vibration Conference, DSCC 2012-MOVIC 2012
Volume2

Other

OtherASME 2012 5th Annual Dynamic Systems and Control Conference Joint with the JSME 2012 11th Motion and Vibration Conference, DSCC 2012-MOVIC 2012
CountryUnited States
CityFort Lauderdale, FL
Period10/17/1210/19/12

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering

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    Abaid, N., Marras, S., Fitzgibbons, C., & Porfiri, M. (2012). Individual differences in boldness affect the interactions between fish and robots. In ASME 2012 5th Annual Dynamic Systems and Control Conference Joint with the JSME 2012 11th Motion and Vibration Conference, DSCC 2012-MOVIC 2012 (pp. 171-178). (ASME 2012 5th Annual Dynamic Systems and Control Conference Joint with the JSME 2012 11th Motion and Vibration Conference, DSCC 2012-MOVIC 2012; Vol. 2). https://doi.org/10.1115/DSCC2012-MOVIC2012-8571