ASSISIbf, an EU funded project, has developed mixed societies of animals and mimetic robots to understand how animals communicate with each other and to explain their social behaviour.

Two fish robots interact with a real fish

FET-Proactive project ASSISIbf reached a successul end last July. It belonged to the FOCAS (Fundamentals of Collective Adative Systems) FET-Proactive initiative.

The main goal of ASSISIbf was to establish a robotic society able to develop communication channels to animal societies (honeybees & fish swarms), so robots would learn the language of animals.

An article by CORDIS reviews their overall results. 

Furthermore, Prof. Thomas Schmickl, coordinator of the ASSISIbf project, explains the story in his recent blog, from conception of the project until its end; leaving the door open for further developments in this promising area of research.

Euronews video also shows what the project is about, while a further article (with video included) argues that creating mixed societies of animal and robots can be a new way to protect many endangered species and the environment.