Interactive experiments in a robotics-based platform to simulate zebrafish response to a predator

Rana El Khoury, Roni Barak Ventura, Gabrielle Cord-Cruz, Tommaso Ruberto, Maurizio Porfiri

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Biomimetic robotics is emerging as a promising research tool in the study of animal behavior, providing highlycontrollable and customizable stimuli in laboratory experiments and field trials. Here, we introduce a novel robotics-based approach to study predator-prey interactions in fish. Our animal model, zebrafish, is gaining traction as a species of choice for investigations of fear and anxiety in preclinical research. The platform integrates three-dimensional real-time tracking, four-degree-of-freedom robotic manipulation, and data-driven Markov chains to allow for unprecedented, interactive experiments on zebrafish.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication VIII
EditorsAkhlesh Lakhtakia
ISBN (Electronic)9781510616820
StatePublished - 2018
EventBioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication VIII 2018 - Denver, United States
Duration: Mar 5 2018Mar 7 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


OtherBioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication VIII 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Animal behavior
  • Biomimetics
  • Data-driven
  • Fear response
  • Information theory
  • Predator-prey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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