Animal and Robotics Interactions: Deploying UAV's to Enable Proximal Sensing and Management of Livestock

School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
Associate Professor Mark Trotter
Professor Steve Moore (School of Engineering and Technology)


The interaction between animals and robotics is an emerging and exciting cross-disciplinary research area. There are numerous opportunities for robotics, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in particular, to impact how livestock are managed. This will have a significant impact both in terms of productivity and animal welfare outcomes. This project will specifically explore how UAVs might be applied to interact with livestock (particularly cattle and sheep) to measure and monitor their location, behaviour and biological state, as well as implement management interventions. Applicants are welcome from either the areas of robotics or animal sciences, although a combination of these fields would be preferable. This project will be undertaken within the framework of the CQUniversity developed DataMuster platform. This links research activities and the development of tools, systems and techniques for practical use on farms across Australia.

Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences; Information and Computing Sciences
Livestock, Robotics, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle


This project is associated with the International Engaged Research Scholarship, which offers a 20% reduction in tuition fees for eligible international students.
Stipend Scholarship; Direct Project Support and Conference Travel Support

Other special notes

This project is a collaboration between the School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences and the School of Engineering and Technology.

Funding is also provided by CQUniversity to support research higher degree student project costs and to support national and international conference presentations. This includes:

For doctoral candidates:

  • up to $6000 in Candidate Support Funds
  • up to $4500 for Conference Travel Support