These are the projects I work on.
Funding: BBSRC and Innovate UK
This project seeks to develop an early warning system for detecting health and welfare problems in grower/finisher pigs. An engineering solution based on video and environmental sensors will automatically capture and analyse behaviour and performance changes in pigs. Health/welfare problems manifest as subtle changes in affected pigs, before clinical signs are observed, thereby affecting growth trajectories & activity, including reductions in feeding/drinking behaviour. This is a first-of-a-kind development of an automated and scalable approach to early detection of health/welfare problems in pigs, which is vital for rapid intervention and early treatment.
Funding: EPSRC IAA
On-farm monitoring using a variety of sensors and the Internet of Things (IoT) allows the capture of new sources of data. However, there is potential for unknown risks of new applications of IoT on farms to be compromised and used for criminal activity. For monitoring health of humans, there is an increasing number of applications using accelerometers in phones and watches that integrate with the the cloud to measure activity, such as steps, sleep quality and activity identification. In a similar manner, this technology is increasingly being used in livestock systems for routine health recording and performance. This project seeks to prototype a secure IoT system that monitors farm animals and automatically control the volume of data sent to the cloud.