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) Description:The development of objective tools for measuring animal behaviour, comprising facial and body movements, as well as recent advances in Artificial […]

Digital Innovations in Home Cage Monitoring

Advancing Animal Welfare and Pharmaceutical Development Organiser: Stefano Gaburro, Tecniplast (Italy) Description: The burgeoning field of digital animal research takes centre stage at this symposium, illuminating the integration of cutting-edge technology with conventional cage environments. At the forefront, we introduce Tecniplast’s Digitally Ventilated Cages – a game-changing tool that amalgamates advanced home cage monitoring with […]

Symposium: Measuring bioacoustics

Organizers: Tomas Norton and Pralle Kriengwatana (KU Leuven, Belgium) Description:Bioacoustics provide a wealth of information about animals: from individual identity, age, and sex to motivational and emotional states, health state, locomotor activity, spatial distribution, etc. The potential for bioacoustics stretches across many animal categories and species including lab, farm, and zoo animals, and thus has […]

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). Description:As advances in AI development and deployment are rapidly evolving, the implementations in behavioral neuroscience are increasing as well. Behavioral research in laboratory animals such as rodents, flies and zebrafish has benefited a […]

Interactive Tutorial: Computer Vision Tools for Measuring Behavior

Presenter: Dan Schofield, University of Oxford, UK 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 laptop, internet access (free Wi-Fi […]

Interactive Workshop: Certifying Digital Monitoring Technologies

Organisers: Joanna Stachowicz and Christina Umstätter (Thünen Institute of Agricultural Technology, Braunschweig, Germany) Description:Digital technologies are seen as a promising solution to monitor animal behaviour and health parameters and therefore improve animal welfare in livestock farming. They facilitate the automation of working processes and aid decision-making. Due to the expected benefits, the development of digital […]