Zebrafish response to live predator and biologically-inspired robot in a circular arena

Gabrielle Cord-Cruz, Tommaso Ruberto, Daniele Neri, Maurizio Porfiri

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Biologically-inspired robots are emerging as promising research tools in laboratory experiments to study animal behavior. Zebrafish are attaining an important role as model organisms for the study of emotional responses, including fear and anxiety. Here, we attempt at characterizing zebrafish response to fear-evoking stimuli using a live predator and a biologically-inspired 3D printed replica of the predator, actuated by an ad-hoc robotic platform. Fish motion tracking and information theoretic tools are integrated to quantify the interaction between zebrafish and the stimuli.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2017
EditorsAkhlesh Lakhtakia, Mato Knez, Raul J. Martin-Palma
ISBN (Electronic)9781510608092
StatePublished - 2017
EventBioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2017 - Portland, United States
Duration: Mar 26 2017Mar 27 2017

Publication series

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


OtherBioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Bioinspiration
  • Danio rerio
  • fear response
  • information theory
  • robotics

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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