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OVERVIEW

MotMen has several product lines.

Trackmate development began at Newcastle University in February 2005, where we were assigned the task of solving the tracking of lymphatic vessels under microscopic conditions. In order to solve this problem we invented a long time base background subtraction algorithm. This algorithm became the basis of tracking for rodents in full dark conditions under infrared light. Further development occurred in the Trevor Day Lab (Biomedical Sciences, Newcastle University). Trackmate then went through further evolution in the Iain McGregor Lab, Department of Psychology, University of Sydney, and in the BMRI (Brain Mind Research Institute, under the direction of Max Bennett). In this more recent phase, a lot of attention was paid to making Trackmate more robust under varying conditions and improving the functionality and look and feel. We would like to acknowledge the generous support and feedback we have received from all users over the years. Without them, Trackmate would not be what it is today.

The original tracking solution: lymphatic vessels using a long time base background subtraction routine.

 

On the hardware side we are developing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The UAV project is focussed around developing an aerial platform for high-resolution imaging. This project began in May 2007. Since then we have developed numerous sub-component supporting our test platform. These include, a 2-axis image stabilizing gimbal, an on-board generator, and recently, a Sprague clutch so that we can stop and start the petrol engine in flight. This new development is exciting because it will greatly extend flight time as well as, more importantly, eliminate vibration during image acquisition. We will shortly begin testing an auto-pilot.

The MotMen UAV team: Trent Collins, Rob Dielenberg & Paul Halasz, Dec 2008.

Combining hardware and software, we have built a prototype Multi-Modal Test Apparatus (MMTA). This project began in February 2009 and has the aim of developing a fully computerized operant chamber for rats and mice that include an 8-channel olfactometer. The integration of lights, sounds, liquids, odors, vibration and air-puff has never been accomplished before. We are currently engineering an improved olfactometer for integration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, we have a creative development area which involves design and art where we engage in speculative fiction and other ideas that derive from the science work and creativity we deploy in the lab and our hardware projects.


The MMTA stack, August 2010, Iain McGregor Lab, Department of Psychology, University of Sydney.

Top left: The Axial Lock, Antartica. Top right: Sungrazer orbiting off asteroid Icarus. Bottom left: The 'capsule'. Bottom right: The 'landing craft'.