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Alan Wilson

Dr Alan Wilson

Research Fellow


Royal Veterinary College, University of London

Research summary

My research addresses the dynamics of locomotion in animals and the anatomical arrangement of the locomotor system. This research encompasses lab based measurements ranging from looking at how muscles are arranged and function during locomotion to measurements of what animals are doing in the field / wild. We commit considerable effort to developing methods for data collection that do not interfere with the animal or constrain its movement. These methods include high speed video, GPS based measurements and the use of other sensors like accelerometers and gyroscopes to sense movement. This work has far reaching applications - we study the dynamics of bird flight in flocks which feeds into understanding of aerodynamics, animal performance and disease spread. We make measurements on racehorses and polo horses which contributes to our understanding of how injuries occur in these athletic animals and hence how they can be prevented. We study lameness in dairy cattle with the goal of developing methods of detecting it earlier through automated signal processing hence improving dairy cow welfare. Some of the technology we have developed is also being commercialised by project partners for application in other non research domains due to the exciting combination of physical size, cost and performance.

Grants awarded

Anatomy and mechanics of animal locomotion

Scheme: Wolfson Research Merit Awards

Dates: Jul 2005 - Jun 2010

Value: £135,000.52

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