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Evaluation of uncertainty elements and plans for the handling of these elements

Elements of uncertainty are found at several levels of the activities. Efforts to minimize them and alternative solutions are considered through the entire process.

  • Herds for data collection: a number of herds needs to be found. The experience and knowledge of LFS/VSP will minimize any risk of not finding the relevant herds.
  • Event detection: welfare problems such as tail biting need to be detected. In order to maximize the chance of detecting tail biting, herds with consistent tail biting problems, i.e. occurrence of 20-30%, will be selected.
  • Technology failure: in order to minimize any risk of technology failure, any used technology will be tested in depth during a test period of one year, at AU. The real experiment will start only in the second year of the alliance. Moreover, it should be noticed that the systems and sensors used are based on existing technology, which will considerably minimize any risk of technology failure.
  • Computational constraints: some optimization problems may be numerically intractable ("curse of dimensionality"). In such cases approximate methods will be developed. The operations research expertise of the research group should allow tackle this potential constraint.