Penn Smart Aviary

The Penn smart aviary, lead by Biology professor Marc Schmidt, brings together a collaboration of biologists, engineers, and physicists to study the reproductive behavior of birds. The 8’ by 8’ by 20’ wire cage enclosure is outfitted with 10 computer-vision cameras, an array of 24 high-precision microphones, and 15 birds. The goal of this custom-built aviary is to use the latest in machine learning technology to answer questions about animals’ social behavior. 

Biology professor Marc Schmidt outside the smart aviary on Pennovation Works campus