Dominga Mancuso

PhD Student
PhD in Agricultural, Food and Environmental Science - XXXVII Cycle
Tutor: Simona Maria Porto
  • 2021-2024PhD course in Agricultural, Food and Environmental Science, University of Catania; tutor Simona Porto, co-tutor Giovanni Cascone. Research project: “Monitoring of cow behavioral activities in extensive farming by means of automatic systems based on the use of low-power wide-area telecommunication networks”. The general objective of this research project is to deepen the studies on the technological innovations applied in the context of extensive livestock systems by identifying new solutions for the management of grazing beef cattle that can support farmers in maintaining adequate conditions of animal welfare by monitoring the behavior with the help of modern IoT-based systems. In the context of this general objective, the research project aims to demonstrate the feasibility of using accelerometric thresholds for the automatic detection of the behavior of cattle grazing by using three-dimensional accelerometers, sensors that can measure/record the movements made by the cow (neck/head/foot) on 3 axes (x, y, z), in terms of acceleration (g). These sensors will be implemented with LP_GPS collars that can detect the position of the animals in the time and space.
  • 2019-2021: Master’s Degree in Agricultural Science and Technology, University of Catania; supervisors: Prof. Giovanni Cascone and Prof.ssa Simona Porto. Degree thesis: “Determination of accelerometric thresholds for classification of beef cow behavioural activities”. Final mark: 110/110 cum Laude.
  • 2016-2019: Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Science and Technology. University of Catania; supervisor: Prof. Giovanni Cascone. Degree thesis: “Building solutions for free stall barns for dairy cows”. Final mark: 110/110 cum Laude.
  • 2016: Scientific High School diploma, “Liceo Scientifico Ettore Majorana”, Nicosia (EN).
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