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Can eye-tracking as a tool be used to educate new staff at a farm

This project will evaluate whether eye tracking can be used as a tool to train new staff on a farm to improve practical knowledge about animal welfare


A basic prerequisite for economically profitable animal production is healthy animals with good growth. Detecting animals in need of extra effort during rounds is a challenge when there are many animals that need to be checked in a short time. Here, staff competence is an important component, but access to qualified staff is a scarce commodity and the experience of the experienced staff is rarely written down but constitutes a tacit knowledge that is very sensitive to whether staff quit or fall ill. Hiring foreign labor is becoming more common, in which case the potentail to take part in the workforce's overall competence will determine how well the new workers will succeed in their tasks.

By using technical tools such as eye-tracking, you can record what a person is looking at in a certain environment. With this technology one could easily show and educate, e.g. staff, new employees, and students, in what it is an experienced caretaker looks at under the supervision of the animals. The technology makes it possible to visualize what an experienced caretaker has looked at, in what order and for how long. In taht way eye-tracking has the potential to improve the working environment by streamlining the work of training new staff and getting everyone in the work team (experienced or not) to perform the tasks at the same high level as the most experienced.



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2 år

Total budget

250 000 SEK


SLO-fonden, Kungliga Skogs- och Lantbruksakademien

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Annika Kihlstedt

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Annika Kihlstedt


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