Autonomous Animal Motion Capture for Wildlife Conservation

cyvy Research Project

Understanding how animals behave, in particular how animals move and interact with each other and their environment, is fundamental to addressing the most important ecological problems of our time. State of the art methods for tracking animal movement, which in turn allows us to understand their behavior, often disrupt their daily lives and are not scalable to vast environments. For this reason, Aamir Ahmad and his group will develop WildCap: a team of aerial robots that captures the movements of animals in a non-invasive way. Unlike existing methods, this novel approach allows the aerial robots to choose flight paths that provide optimal viewpoints for best estimating the movement of the animals and, in future, their behavior.