Workshop: tracking of small wildlife for conservation and biosecurity research

Scion and the University of Canterbury's Wireless Research Centre invite you to a one day workshop on novel engineering solutions to the real-time tracking of small animals (including insects) for conservation and biosecurity purposes. We aim to bring biologists with a background in insect tracking together with engineering experts in RF design, radar systems, wireless communications, bio-inspired energy harvesting and autonomous systems to initiate a discussion of current problems in tracking of small animals/insects and their possible engineering solutions.

We will be joined on the day by international experts in insect tracking, Bruce Colpitts (University of New Brunswick, Canada), Jon Sweeney (National Resources Canada), Graham Brooker (University of Sydney) and other selected experts from around New Zealand. It is our hope that this workshop will stimulate new interactions and future research collaborations (including grant applications) to solve existing wildlife tracking challenges.

Anyone with relevant engineering research experience as it relates to the challenge of tracking small moving objects is encouraged to attend. We are inviting expressions of interest from research biologists that have experience and/or interest in tracking the movement of insects, birds, small mammals or herpetofauna. Due to the limited time available and to ensure a focused discussion we request that biologists submit a short abstract from which we will select four to be presented on the day.

Workshop Details

When: Monday, 6 May, from 9am - 4.30pm.
Where: Tekapo Room, Scion, 10 Kyle Street, Christchurch, New Zealand.
Enquiries and submission of abstracts by Friday, 5 April 2019 to
Invitations and registration by Friday, 12 April 2019
Application format: short abstract (250-300 words) highlighting participant's interest and experience (examples of specific activities, problems to be solved, particular system expectations, etc.) related to tracking of small animals for conservation or biosecurity purposes. Please provide a clear description of the engineering challenge to be overcome.