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“What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”

By 22nd January 2019 No Comments

As they say, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.”, but because this was an amazing experience, I have to tell you about it!

IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking Conference (CCNC) is a major annual international conference organized with the objective of bringing together researchers, developers, and practitioners from academia and industry working in all areas of consumer communications and networking. Like the previous editions, this year’s edition was also held in Las Vegas from 11-14 January 2019.

As part of the CONNECTED COWS project co-funded between TSSG/WIT, CONNECT and IBM, we had a paper titled “Lameness Detection as a Service: Application of Machine Learning to an Internet of Cattle” accepted for presentations under the IoT Enabling Technologies track. This was work done by a team of four; John Byabazaire, Mohit Taneja, Dr. Alan Davy (TSSG) and Dr. Cristian Olariu (IBM).

The paper presented an early Lameness detection solution. This was part of a real-world trial in Waterford, Ireland, were 150 dairy cows were each fitted with a long-range pedometer. The mobility data from the sensors attached to the front leg of each cow is sent to the IBM cloud, analyzed and lameness anomalies are sent to farmer’s mobile device using push notifications. The application and model automatically measure and can gather data continuously such that cows can be monitored daily. Our initial results indicate that we can predict lameness 3 days before it can be visually captured by the farmer.

Again, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas !

Written by John Byabazaire