Robotics-based Study Provides Insight into Predator-Prey Interactions

Robotic and real fish square up in an attempt to further understand predator-prey interactions

Researchers have recently gained advanced understanding of a variety of processes through the information-theoretic concept of transfer entropy. … Researchers from New York University’s department of mechanical and aerospace engineering in Brooklyn [NYU Tandon School of Engineering] found this method to hold great promise for advancing our understanding of animal behavior, particularly related to predator-prey interactions. A research team led by [NYU Tandon] professor Maurizio Porfiri put forth a robotics-based study to control information flow in predator-prey interactions, as well as test the validity of transfer entropy when attempting to understand causal influences of the system. 

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