Pandas, elephants, and other animals are raised or rehabilitated in zoo facilities, to prepare them for reintroduction into the wild. There is a need for better sensors and testing diagnostics for the strength, health, and athleticism of these animals. The goal of this VIP is to bring science and engineers to work on problems proposed by zoo reintroduction workers.
Issues Involved or Addressed
Use of mechanical and electrical engineering with the biology and biomechanics animals to design new test apparatuses for animal training and selection for reintroduction to the wild; drones for tracking collars of animals in mountain regions. Reintroduction criteria for when an animal can be best suited to be brought back into the wild.
Methods and Technologies
Academic Majors of Interest
Preferred Interests and Preparation
Expertise in Mechanical or Electrical design and building of apparatuses and force sensors; anatomy and animal behavior; Chinese language and foreign policy.