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New UK scholarship on AI-aided fish health research

January 26, 2022  By  Nestor Arellano

Lumpfish (Image: Swansea University)

Are you interested in finding out how artificial intelligence can better monitor fish health and how machine vision and deep learning techniques can be used to developed tools that enhance fish welfare?

The Swansea University in Wales, is offering two fully funded Master’s by Reasearch (MScR) scholarships in the field of aquaculture biosciences for United Kingdom and European Union-based applicants.

Those interested should apply before February 28, 2022.


The project will provide the first insight into behavioural, health and welfare effects of multi-species aquaculture, according to Swansea University. This will make the long-term use of cleaner fish in the salmon sector more sustainable and allow Wales (the UK’s largest producer of cleaner fish) to further expand this industry.

Scholars will will develop tools to assess, maintain and optimise cleaner fish welfare through machine  learning.

Particiapnts in the project will use Visifish telematics and AI tools to monitor mortality, feeding frequency, growth rate, as well as individual and population-based behaviour, useful for animal health and welfare assessment. Visifish is a UK-based company working on machine vision telematics, which uses mathematical models to manage risks in aquaculture.

Baseline testing of fish interactions at the CSAR state-of-the art aquaculture facilities using the Lumpfish Operational Welfare Score Index as a benchmark protocol to access welfare.

The scholarship provides one-year funding with a three-month period to complete the thesis. The achievement of a postgraduate skills development award, PSDA, is compulsory for each KESS II scholar and is based on a 40-credit award.

For more information about the scholarship and how to apply, click on this link.

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