MB2024 – a great success

You can find some pictures of the conference here and the draft Proceedings can be downloaded here. In the coming weeks: The full Proceedings will be published Selected authors will be invited to contribute to a special issue of the journal Current Research in Behavioral Sciences The Call for Hosting for MB2026 will be launched.


We are fortunate that three excellent keynote speakers have agreed to speak at MB2024. They will cover methods for research in human behavior animal behavior and AI analysis. Anne-Marie Brouwer will speak about measuring mental states, Robert Gerlai about learning and zebrafish, and Albert Ali Salah about computational tools. For more information see here.

Symposium: Novel Methods in Measuring Animal Affective States

Organisers: Anna Zamansky, Information Systems Department, University of Haifa Annika Bremhorst, Dogs and Science, University of Lincoln (UK), University of Haifa (Israel) Giulia Pedretti, University of Parma (Italy) Chiara Canori, University of Parma (Italy) Schedule: Thursday 16th May 2024, 10:00 – 12:10, Meeting Room 4 10:00 – 10:20 Lauren Finka – Using Facial Action Unit […]

Digital Innovations in Home Cage Monitoring

Advancing Animal Welfare and Pharmaceutical Development Organiser: Stefano Gaburro, Tecniplast (Italy) Schedule: Meeting Room 7, Wednesday 16th May 11:30 – 12:50 11:30 – 11:50 Stefano Gaburro – Home cage rack-based technology: welfare and scientific applications11:50 – 12:10 Michael Tsoory – Detecting Sciatic nerve injury (SNI) induced motor impairments and recovery using the DVC system; a […]

Symposium: Measuring bioacoustics

Organizers: Tomas Norton and Pralle Kriengwatana (KU Leuven, Belgium) Schedule: Wednesday 15th May, Meeting room 7 15:30 – 15:50     Buddhamas Pralle Kriengwatana – Acoustic features of vocalisations of laying hens in positive and negative emotional states Vocalisations are a promising method for welfare monitoring but assessing the affective state of animals based solely on the […]

Symposium: AI advances in pose estimation and behavior recognition in laboratory animals

Organiser: Loes Ottink (Noldus Information Technology, The Netherlands) and Lucas Noldus (Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands and Noldus Information Technology, The Netherlands). Schedule: Friday 17th, 10:00 – 12:10 Meeting Room 7 10:00 – 10:20  Liezl Maree – Multi-view triangulation-enabled annotation for multi-animal 3D pose in SLEAP Deep learning markerless motion capture via SLEAP (Social LEAP […]

Interactive Tutorial: Computer Vision Tools for Measuring Behavior

Presenter: Dan Schofield, University of Oxford, UK Schedule: THIS TUTORIAL IS CANCELLED Audience:The hands-on approach is designed for participants with no prior knowledge or technical experience, allowing them to gain experience in using open-source tools to annotate, identify and track animals from video, and use the output data for behavioural analysis. Requirements:Attendees will need a […]