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A Wearable Sensor System for Lameness Detection in Dairy Cattle

Lehrstuhl für Angewandte Softwaretechnik, Faculty of Informatics, Technical University Munich, Bolzmannstr 3, 85748 München, Germany
Lehr- und Versuchsgut Oberschleißheim, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ludwig Maximilian University, St. Hubertusstraße 12, 85764 München, Germany
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This paper is an extended version of our paper published in the Fourth International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom, 21–23 November 2017.
Multimodal Technologies Interact. 2018, 2(2), 27;
Received: 17 April 2018 / Revised: 8 May 2018 / Accepted: 8 May 2018 / Published: 15 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Multimodal Technologies in Animal–Computer Interaction)
Cow lameness is a common manifestation in dairy cattle that causes severe health and life quality issues to cows, including pain and a reduction in their life expectancy. In our previous work, we introduced an algorithmic approach to automatically detect anomalies in the walking pattern of cows using a wearable motion sensor. In this article, we provide further insights into a system for automatic lameness detection, including the decisions we made when designing the system, the requirements that drove these decisions and provide further insight into the algorithmic approach. Results from a controlled experiment we conducted indicate that our approach can detect deviations in cows’ gait with an accuracy of 91.1%. The information provided by our system can be useful to spot lameness-related diseases automatically and alarm veterinarians. View Full-Text
Keywords: gait analysis; anomaly detection; unsupervised machine learning gait analysis; anomaly detection; unsupervised machine learning
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Haladjian, J.; Haug, J.; Nüske, S.; Bruegge, B. A Wearable Sensor System for Lameness Detection in Dairy Cattle. Multimodal Technologies Interact. 2018, 2, 27.

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