All the experiments were done with my team mate Elena Okhapkina and primary teaching assistant Martin F. Stoelen along with secondary TA Yijiang Ren.

Robots and animal behaviour[1]

The swiss robots behave as animals and they are out to hunt for the cubes. Providing vision to the robots enables them to see and interpret what it is that they are seeing. In the video below, whenever the swiss robot sees the cube, the console writes 'I see a red cube'. This is done by understanding the patch of colors that appear on the screen and then comparing them to the standard colors.

In order for the vision to work the walls and flooring of the system had to be redone so that it would not interfere with the vision system of the robots. The robots had a new color given to them and cameras mounted on them.

The Swiss Robots were initially moving like this. Now, with vision attributed to them, there is a slight precision that is achieved.


[1] Send in the Bots by Jef Akst, The Scientist Magazine, October 1, 2013.

[2] What does robotics offer animal behaviour? by Barbara Webb, Centre for Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience, Department of Psychology, University of Stirling.

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14 February 2015