Veterinary Public Health Institute, Animal Welfare Division

Exploration of sensor-based behavioural observation for individual laying hens and broiler breeders and the relationship with animal welfare

Camille Montalcini

Doctoral Student

Center for proper housing: poultry and rabbits (ZTHZ)

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Postal Address
Center for Proper Housing: Poultry and Rabbits (ZTHZ)
Animal Welfare Division
Veterinary Public Health Institute
University of Bern
Burgerweg 22
3052 Zollikofen


Assessing laying hen individuality and the relationships to health and welfare.


I obtained my bachelor's and master's in mathematics at EPFL, where I enjoyed learning about graph theory, probability, multivariate statistics, and machine learning. My master thesis was conducted at Princeton University on spectral community detection algorithms for stochastic block models and social data. I have worked as a data scientist in various fields, and in January 2019, I started working in the field of animal welfare and biodiversity protection. In this context, I had the opportunity to meet and work with the Animal Welfare Division of the Veterinary Public Health Institute. In March 2020, I will start a Ph.D. under Dr. Michael Toscano with a focus on evaluating the relationship between distinct movement-location patterns of individual hens and long-term measures of their health and welfare.