Animal-Robot Interaction


Like people, dogs and cats live among technologies that affect their lives. Yet little of this technology has been designed with pets in mind. We are developing systems that interact intelligently with animals to entertain, exercise, and empower them. Currently, we are developing a laser-chasing game, in which dogs or cats are tracked by a ceiling-mounted webcam, and a computer-controlled laser moves with knowledge of the pet's position and movement. Machine learning will be applied to optimize the specific laser strategy. We envision enabling owners to initiate and view the interaction remotely through a web interface, providing stimulation and exercise to pets when the owners are at work or otherwise cannot be present.