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Research Paper #598

Title:Comparing Robot and Animal Behaviour
Authors:Hallam,B; Hayes,GM
Date: 1992
Presented:Submitted to "Simulation of Animal Behaviour", Hawaii, December 6-11, 1992
Abstract:The simulation of animal behaviour on a mobile robot is a useful undertaking for roboticists wishing to develop robots for non-predictable domains or with more generality of application than is currently possible. It can also be valuable to ethologists, as a means of testing theories of animal behaviour in a modular manner, repeatably, and with identically 'naive' subjects. Not all tasks we would like robots to undertake require high standards of accuracy, repeatability or even reliability. Some require more in the way of adaptability, flexibility of approach and robustness. Given the disparate nature of these requirements and the variety of ways in which some of these words are used, it is not always obvious what is the answer to questions such as: how can these requirements be met ? how can the results be measured ? how can the performance of different robots be compared ? The first question requires answers which are specific to the individual robot and the preferred style of its designer and user. The second and third questions are better answered in a more general way which does not depend so much on the particular robot, environment or task. We address the second and third questions here.

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