NEW TEAM: Sci. & Eng. of Animal Reintroduction

2019 ~ Present | James Ayala, Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Chengdu, China; Sean Hensman at Adventures with Elephants in Bela Bela, Limpopo, South Africa; Joe Mendelson, Director of Research, Zoo Atlanta

Goals

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

  • Videography
  • Gait Kinematic Analysis
  • Force Sensor Design
  • Animal Climbing Platforms
  • Animal Policy
  • Image Analysis

Academic Majors of Interest

  • Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biology
  • Chinese
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Robotics

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.

Meeting Schedule & Location

Time: 

10:10-11:00

Meeting Location: 

Klaus 1440

Meeting Day: 

Monday

Team Advisors

Dr. David Hu (ME)
Robert Wallace (GTRI)

Sponsor(s)

James Ayala, Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Chengdu, China; Sean Hensman at Adventures with Elephants in Bela Bela, Limpopo, South Africa; Joe Mendelson, Director of Research, Zoo Atlanta