Animal Vision Systems

Applications of Animal Vision and Image Analysis

Understanding animal vision has widespread implications in biology, both in ecology-evolution and behaviour research, as well as in applied contexts. Our lab has spent over 10 years creating and modifying new techniques for image analysis and modelling of how other animals ‘see’ the world. This includes methods to calibrate images taken with cameras and to characterise the sensitivity of cameras to different wavelengths of light, so that cameras can be used as scientific measurement devices. It also involves the release of methods and software to calibrate and analyse images, and to convert images to the visual systems of various animal species.

Understanding animal vision has far reaching implications in an applied sense and for outreach and public engagement. This ranges from creating displays for the public, media, and for education, to creating new products and informing policies related to animal behaviour, health, and welfare.

We have various experience in all these areas. For example, we have, and are in the process of working with a number of organisations, charities, and companies on projects ranging from new product design to public exhibitions and displays, including: Natural History Museum London, Frieze Art Foundation, BBC, Rentokil, QinetiQ, California Academy of Science, Zoological Lighting Institute, British Horseracing Authority, Greyhound Board of Great Britain, Donkey Sanctuary, and National Lobster Hatchery.

We would be very happy to discuss possible links, camera calibration, and new collaborations – please contact Martin Stevens.

Further information on consultancy here.

For more information on some of our image analysis tools and methods, please visit this page, and see here for information on approaches to outreach and engagement.