Ecological Robotics: A Schema-Theoretic Approach
Arkin, Ronald C.
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The goals of this joint U.S.-Mexico research project are threefold: to provide an understanding and means by which fielded robotic systems are not competing with other agents that are more effective at their designated task; to permit them to be successful competitors within the ecological system and capable of displacing less efficient agents; and that they are ecologically sensitive so that agent environment dynamics are well-modeled and as predictable as possible whenever new robotic technology is introduced. Initial studies on neuroscientifically derived schema models of the praying mantis and frog are reported that have led to simulation studies and eventual robotic implementations that can provide guidance to neuroscientists, ethologists, and roboticists alike.