Doctoral Projects

The Training Network

The WildDrone consortium will recruit and train a total of 13 Doctoral Candidates (Ph.D. students), equipping them with the unique combination of multidisciplinary skills required to realize the full potential of drones and companion autonomous systems for nature conservation missions.

The Doctoral Candidates will have their base at the European partner universities and will be working closely together in the training network. As a part of their education, the doctoral candidates will be conducting study trips and field work in Europe, USA, and Africa.

Each PhD is individually supervised by a Project Supervisor from the hosting institution, who will concentrate their training on an individual research project (training-by-research) within one of the main research themes.

Copyright by University of Bristol

Copyright by Kuzikus Wildlife Reserve

Copyright by Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior

Case Studies and Field Work

Each PhD will focus their research on case studies and the yearly network-wide field work together with industrial partners and domain experts. This is enabled by a broad program of network-level training (WP4) and secondments that ensure the sharing of research infrastructures for field work across the network participants.

Three Scientific Themes

The three scientific themes are each covering a core scientific area:

  • Ecology for nature conservation
  • Drone operation
  • Computer vision

Each of the three themes will be led by an experienced Theme Supervisor, whose main role is to coordinate research topics within the theme.

Find the Doctoral Projects under each Theme

Theme 1

Automated Wildlife Tracking for Conservation Practice

Theme 2

Safe and Flexible Drone Operations

Theme 3

Effective Computer Vision for Conservation

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