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Animal and Robotics Interactions: Deploying UAV's to Enable Proximal Sensing and Management of Livestock

Project Description

The interaction between animals and robotics is an emerging and exciting area of cross-disciplinary research. There are numerous opportunities for robotics, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in particular, to make an impact on the way in which livestock are managed. This will have a significant impact both in terms of productivity and animal welfare outcomes. This project will specifically explore how UAVs might be applied to interact with livestock (particularly cattle and sheep) to both measure and monitor their location, behaviour and biological state, as well as implement management interventions. Applicants are welcome from either the areas of robotics or animal sciences, although a combination of both these fields would be preferable. This project will be undertaken within the framework of the CQUniversity developed Data Muster platform. This provides strong links between research activities and the development of tools, systems and techniques for practical use on farms across Australia.

How to Apply

Research Higher Degree candidates apply via iStart with an Expression of Interest which asks you to select your course and location, along with providing a brief description of your proposed research topic. Expression of Interest must be submitted by the prospective candidate.
Depending upon the outcome of your Expression of Interest, you may be invited to submit a full application for admission as a research higher degree candidate. The University reserves the right to refuse admission to any applicant.

Application Deadlines

Our Research Higher Degree courses don’t have any deadlines as students can commences these courses at anytime.

Funding Notes

This project is a collaboration between the School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences and the School of Engineering and Technology.

Funding is also provided by CQUniversity to support research higher degree student project costs, and to support national and international conference presentations. This includes:

For doctoral candidates:

- up to $6000 in Candidate Support Funds
- up to $4500 for Conference Travel Support

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