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Tracking and Analysing Social Interaction in Dairy Cattle with Sensor Fusion and Machine Learning

Ren, Keni and Bernes, Gun and Hetta, Mårten and Karlsson, Johannes (2021). Tracking and Analysing Social Interaction in Dairy Cattle with Sensor Fusion and Machine Learning. Journal of Systems Architecture. 116 , 102139
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Abstract

There is a need for reliable and efficient methods for monitoring the activity and social behaviour in cows, in order to optimise management in modern dairy farms. This research presents an embedded system that could track individual cows using Ultra-wideband technology. At the same time, social interactions between individuals around the feeding area were analysed with a computer vision module. Detections of the dairy cows’ negative and positive interactions were performed on foreground video stream using a Long-term Recurrent Convolution Networks model. The sensor fusion system was implemented and tested on seven dairy cows during 45 days in an experimental dairy farm. The system performance was evaluated at the feeding area. The real-time locating system based on Ultra-wideband technology reached an accuracy with mean error 0.39 m and standard deviation 0.62 m. The accuracy of detecting the affiliative and agonistic social interactions reached 93.2%. This study demonstrates a potential system for monitoring social interactions between dairy cows.

Authors/Creators:Ren, Keni and Bernes, Gun and Hetta, Mårten and Karlsson, Johannes
Title:Tracking and Analysing Social Interaction in Dairy Cattle with Sensor Fusion and Machine Learning
Series Name/Journal:Journal of Systems Architecture
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:116
Article number:102139
Number of Pages:7
ISSN:1383-7621
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Accepted version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 2 Engineering and Technology > 211 Other Engineering and Technologies > Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Agricultural Science
Keywords:ultra-wideband, computer vision, dairy cows, social interactions, machine learning
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-111542
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http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-111542
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DOI10.1016/j.sysarc.2021.102139
ID Code:23316
Faculty:VH - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
Department:(VH) > Dept. of Animal Breeding and Genetics
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Agricultural Research for Northern Sweden
(VH) > Dept. of Agricultural Research for Northern Sweden
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:21 Apr 2021 13:23
Metadata Last Modified:21 Apr 2021 13:31

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