Department: Comparative Biomedical Sciences
Research Centres: Structure & Motion Laboratory
After successfully defending his PhD in 2011, Kyle has stayed with the Structure & Motion Laboratory as a Post Doc. His PhD research focused on developing motion tracking systems for humans and animals.
Kyle graduated from the University of Southampton in 2004 with an MEng in Aerospace Engineering. Prior to moving to the RVC he worked in California for TiNi Aerospace in the manufacture of space-qualified, shape memory alloy actuation devices. Kyle also worked as a developer in central Canada for MicroPilot, a world-leader in miniature UAV autopilots.
Kyle is currently studying towards a PhD at the RVC, supervised by Alan Wilson and in partnership with Forsberg Services. His research will focus on the development and deployment of low-cost, lightweight systems for precision motion tracking of humans and animals. This will primarily involve utilisation of MEMS inertial sensors and GPS, and their integration using sensor fusion techniques to achieve an optimum solution for the dynamic environments experienced.
Following his experience in industry and related academic projects, Kyle became interested in guidance and navigation, micro unmanned vehicles, and sensor fusion.
Measuring the detailed movement and relative location of individual animals within groups has, up to now, not been possible in most situations. The CARDyAL project has been designed to open a new field of research in this area, and in so doing to develop tools and methods that can be used in many other applications.
It is well known that cheetahs are the world’s fastest sprinters, but until this study the top speed of wild cheetahs had never been measured.
Professor Alan Wilson leads a team of researchers in the southern African savannah to identify how speed, manoeuvring and habitat impact the hunting and evasion practices of carnivores and their prey.