Vol 5, Issue 4, November 2018

Methodological Challenges of the Use of Robots in Ethological Research


Abdai, J., Korcsok, B., Korondi, P., & Miklósi, A. (2018). Methodological challenges of the use of robots in ethological research. Animal Behavior and Cognition, 5(4), 326-340. doi:https://doi.org/10.26451/abc.


Artificial models have been used as interactive partners for decades to study the social behavior of animals. Recent technological developments have opened up novel possibilities by allowing researchers to use remote controlled and autonomous objects in these studies, and Animal-Robot Interaction has become an emerging field of behavior science. However, there are theoretical, methodological and practical issues in ethological research using robotic agents. Here we aimed to provide an overview on robots by classifying them along different aspects to facilitate future research, and to present some novel approaches that could be considered as a guide for researchers who are new to the fields of animal-robot interactions (ARI) and human-robot interactions (HRI). The present review may facilitate future collaboration between biologists/psychologists, robot developers, engineers and programmers that further contributes to the development of novel research methods and procedures


Animal-robot interaction, Ethorobotics, Methodology, Social robotics, Human-robot interaction, Animat