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Title: An Investigation of Predator Response in Robotic Herding of Sheep
Contributor(s): Evered, Mark P  (author); Burling, Peter (author); Trotter, Mark  (author)
Publication Date: 2014
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Abstract: Research into robotic herding of farm animals has so far been restricted to simulations or very limited artificial environments. Models of herd response to herders as perceived predators vary greatly in complexity but all assume a 'flight distance' at which an animal will regard the threat as great enough to warrant movement. In this paper we report on an experiment to measure the flight distance for a flock of sheep with a robot herder in a real farm environment. Our results show that, rather than being stable, the flight distance decreases rapidly as the sheep become accustomed to the presence of the robot. This has significant implications for future work on intelligent robotic herding.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: ICOIA 2014: International Conference on Intelligent Agriculture, Hong Kong, 13th - 14th February, 2014
Conference Details: ICOIA 2014: International Conference on Intelligent Agriculture, Hong Kong, 13th - 14th February, 2014
Source of Publication: International Proceedings of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering, v.63, p. 49-54
Publisher: International Association of Computer Science and Information Technology (IACSIT) Press
Place of Publication: Singapore
ISSN: 2010-4618
Field of Research (FOR): 070104 Agricultural Spatial Analysis and Modelling
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 899999 Information and Communication Services not elsewhere classified
830311 Sheep - Wool
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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