Journal article

Robot navigation: implications from search strategies in exploring crayfish

Edith Heusslein, Blair W Patullo, David L Macmillan



Biomimetic applications play an important role in informing the field of robotics. One aspect is navigation - a skill automobile robots require to perform useful tasks. A sub-area of this is search strategies, e.g. for search and rescue, demining, exploring surfaces of other planets or as a default strategy when other navigation mechanisms fail. Despite that, only a few approaches have been made to transfer biological knowledge of search mechanisms on surfaces along the ground into biomimetic applications. To provide insight for robot navigation strategies, this study describes the paths a crayfish used to explore terrain. We tracked movement when different sets of sensory input were availab..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank Adrian McMahon and Angela Nation for their assistance with the data analysis and Garry Jolley-Rogers and anonymous reviewers for comments on the manuscript. This project was supported with a travelling allowance granted by the D.A.A.D. to E.H. and funding from the Australian Research Council Discovery Project scheme to D.L.M.