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My specific objectives are to:
Develop generic, real-time methods for efficient filtration and extraction of the biological signal from accelerometer-based sensor technologies for feeding activity and locomotion in individual cows
Create generic models that integrate information from diverse sensors to provide robust biological indicators and novel phenotypes for both nutritional status and health status
Determine the utility of the above methods in detecting off-feed situations and lameness at an early stage
I am a biologist with special interest in animal behaviour and welfare. In 2007 I achieved my PhD in biomechanical gait analysis using pigs as subjects. During my scientific career (2002 to 2013 at Aarhus University, Denmark) my main achievements so far have been to partake in the development of a dairy cow energy balance model which has the potential to become an important on-farm tool for the management of individuals. I develop my skills in phenotype methodology in dairy animals during my AgreenSkills fellowship in research unit MoSAR at Jouy en Josas (France). I worked for IceRobotics Ltd (Edinburgh, Scotland) since 2015, as Lead Animal Scientist to develop novel algorithms for detecting health issues for the CowAlert dairy cow monitoring system. I am responsible for the delivery of the company animal science road map, ensures effective design and management of experiments, identifies collaborative R&D opportunities, represents the company on the international R&D and commercial stage and raises funds for new research. I am also chairman of the working group ‘Activity Based Welfare Monitoring’ in the EU COST Action ‘DairyCare’ coming to an end in 2018.
Thorup, V.M., M.G.G. Chagunda, A. Fischer, M.R. Weisbjerg, and N.C. Friggens. 2018. Robustness and Sensitivity of a Blueprint for On-farm Estimation of Dairy Cow Energy Balance. J. Dairy Sci. accepted.
Maselyne, J., M. Pastell, P.T. Thomsen, V.M. Thorup, L. Hänninen, J. Vangeyte, A. Van Nuffel, and L. Munksgaard. 2017. Short communication: Daily lying time, motion index and step frequency in dairy cows change throughout lactation. Res. Vet. Sci. 110:1-3. Doi: 10.1016/j.rvsc.2016.10.003.
Thorup, V.M., B.L. Nielsen, P.E. Robert, S. Giger-Reverdin, J. Konka, C. Michie, and N.C. Friggens. 2016. Lameness affects cow feeding but not rumination behavior as characterized from sensor data. Front. Vet. Sci. Doi: 10.3389/fvets.2016.00037.
Thorup, V.M., L. Munksgaard, P-E. Robert, H.W. Erhard, P. T. Thomsen, N. Friggens. 2015. Lameness detection via leg-mounted accelerometers on dairy cows on four commercial farms. Animals. 9(10): 1704-1712.
Thorup, V.M., Nascimento, O.F., Skjøth, F., Voigt, M., Rasmussen, M.D., Bennedsgaard, T.W., Ingvartsen, K.L. 2014. Gait symmetry changes in healthy and lame dairy cows based on 3-dimensional ground reaction force curves following claw trimming. Journal of Dairy Science 97: 7679-7684.