SenseWell - Automated assessment of health and wellbeing

SenseWell is a research consortium that proposed the development of a system that automatically assesses health and wellbeing in animal husbandry systems.

This system is based on recent advances in sensor technology, image processing, data fusion, pattern recognition, and software architecture design. It is unique in that it is able to monitor behavior, physiology, and acoustics and combine these measurements for automated assessment of health and wellbeing, and the ability to respond accordingly. Starting out with a rat model, eventually this system can be applied to larger scales such as large laboratory facilities and farm animal husbandry systems.

The consortium was a unique public-private partnership, with members from a broad range of complementary disciplines: animal behavior, brain and cognition, veterinary science, microelectronics, computer science, and statistics.

Consortium partners

  • Department of Biology, Utrecht University (Berry Spruijt)
  • Department of Farm Animal Health, Utrecht University (Arjan Stegeman)
  • Biometris, Wageningen University & Research Centre (Gerie van der Heijden)
  • Electronic Instrumentation Laboratory, Delft University of Technology (Paddy French)
  • Delta Phenomics BV
  • Noldus Information Technology BV
  • TeleMetronics Biomedical BV
  • Metris BV