Yearly Archives: 2008

11 posts

Kick-off meeting – The Intelligent Farrowing Pen

Today I am participating in a kick-off meeting of the project ‘The intelligent Farrowing Pen’. The four-year project is supported by Højteknologifonden, The Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Skov A/S and Danish Pig Production. The goal is to develop a system whereby the condition and activity of the animals will be registered. For example, previous studies have shown that the sow is very active in the 24 hours prior to farrowing. She stands up and lies down often and spends time building a nest. This knowledge can be used to predict when she will farrow within a narrow margin. When the system predicts when the sow is expected to farrow, a message is given to the farmer and to a climate control system that ensures that there is more heat in the pen. Not only does this save piglets. It could perhaps also save heating bills in the farrowing barn, which […]

Dag om anvendelser af OR

Den 25 november 2008 afholder DORS en dag om anvendelser af OR på Handelshøjskolen i Århus, hvor jeg deltager med en præsentation. Sted: R –Bygningen, ASB – det gamle Musik Konservatorie Program 9:30 – 10:00 Ankomst, kaffe og rundstykker 10:00 – 10:15 Velkomst ved DORS formand Julie Groth 10:15 – 11:00 Niels Christian Petersen, Institut for Sundhedstjenesteforskning, SDU: “Håndtering af forskelle i omgivelserne i Data Envelopment Analysis” 11:00 – 11:45 Johan Kjeldgaard‐Pedersen, PA Consulting: “OR IRL” 11:45 – 12:15 Lars Relund, Research Centre Foulum: “En Markov beslutningsproces anvendt til beregning af optimale udskiftningsstrategier for malkekøer” 12:15 – 13:00 Frokost 13:00 – 14:00 Arne Andersson, Trade Extensions: About OR in Game Theory 14:00 – 14:30 Jørgen Bang‐Jensen, imada, SDU: ”Eksempler på praktiske anvendelser af kombinatorisk optimering” 14:30 – 15:00 Jakob Skov, B&O: ” Skedulering af et Anodiseringsanlæg” 15:00 – 15:30 Kaffe og kage 15:30 – 16:00 Rune Larsen, imada, SDU: ”Optimaring […]

OR50 conference

The 9.-11. September I have been participating in OR50 – The UK OR Society’s 50’th conference in York.  The conference was held at the University of York’s beautiful lakeside campus. I gave a talk in the agricultural stream about ‘Optimal replacement policies for dairy cows based on daily yield measurements’.

Research groups merge

The first of March my research group Statistics and Decision Analysis was merged with the research group Bioinformatics and Statistical Genetics. The name of the new group is Bioinformatics, Genetics and Statistics. The reason for the merge is for instance a greater flexibility in teaching and a closer collaboration around bioinformatics.

Theme day about Herd Navigator

Yesterday I participated in a theme day about Herd Navigator which is the commercial product developed under the Biosens I project. Herd Navigator makes it possible to provide decision support of individual cows in terms of reproduction, health and feeding, giving the farmer a financial benefit per cow per year. The herd manager gains a better overview of the condition of the herd and can take action early against diseases and at the right time for reproduction. Earlier intervention means savings in time and costs and also ensures optimal reproduction control. The product uses a combination of biosensors, IT, statistics and OR techniques. The product won the Agromek prize. The partners are Dansk Kvæg, DeLaval and FOSS.