More visits

January 2nd, 2009

We visited more herders today, to find out about their mobility patterns and willingness to work with us.

It is always good to explain how in The Netherlands cows are kept in barns, and the farmer needs to bring the food to the cows, instead of their way, making the cows go after their food themselves.

More pictures

January 1st, 2009

Some more pictures from the field:

Saleh and Esther look at a map of Abuja’s surroundings

First, we have Esther and Saleh on our first working day. They are looking at the map of the region around Abuja, where Saleh is pointing out the Fulani families’ current settlements.

Saleh Momale talks to the head of the family, not pictured. Milk in the foreground.

This picture was taken when we were inside the hut of the first family we met, that very same day. In the earlier picture of us walking we were on our way to this settlement. Esther and I had our first “nonno” of the trip (the bowl with the orange spoon in the foreground of the picture), milk from Fulani cows. It tastes surprisingly spicy (and delicious).

Research visit

December 31st, 2008


On our fist day we visited two possible families with whom we might collaborate. Esther, first in the line, Saleh, second, followed by Ali the interpreter.

Packed and ready

December 29th, 2008

We’re getting close to departure! Less than 16 hours to go!

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Some Amsterdam-based robot tracks

December 20th, 2008

Esther is testing the robot testing

Today and yesterday we fine-tuned the robot performance once again. As it turns out: improvement is always possible.


We tested it with one of Tijmen’s recent shopping tracks. Only Tijmen can explain what he was actually doing….

Yep! We made this (still) picture with the balloon.