The short documentary “The Science of Deception” is online at CuriosityStream. It features, among others, Paul J. Taylor, Jeff Hancock, Judee Burgoon and Dan Ariely. The work at Utrecht University, Cambridge University (Sophie van der Zee) and Lancaster University is used as the background story, linking theory and practice. A registered or trail account will give you access to the documentary.
On October 12-13, Malte Lorbach, Judith Homberg and I organize the “Better analysis, fewer animals” (BAFA) workshop. Our aim is to bring together researchers from computer science and (neuro)biology, as well as practitioners, to understand the challenges in automated animal behavior analysis.
We will have invited talks by dr. Roian Egnor, prof. Robert Fisher, prof. Louk Vanderschuren and prof. York Winter.
Thanks to NWO, ZonMW and Utrecht University, the registration is free. Please check the website.
Fun day trying out various lie detection technologies with Sophie van der Zee and Paul Taylor, for a pilot on the Office Without Lies. Thanks to University of Twente’s Designlab and Jay, Simon and Imogen from Thoroughly Modern Media.
Have you been curious what computer have been doing lately in understanding our videos? And what they still struggle with? Check out this article on NEMO Kennislink (in Dutch) about our research on automated video understanding.
My chapter on “Automatic Analysis of Bodily Social Signals” in the Handbook of Social Signal Processing is out! You can order the book through Amazon. Thanks to Judee Burgoon, Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann, Maja Pantic and Alessandro Vinciarelli for editing this comprehensive book!
Malte Lorbach, Judith Homberg and I have been awarded grant money from ZonMW to organize an interdisciplinary workshop to discuss how to reduce the number of laboratory animals in scientific studies. We will bring together researchers from computer science, (neuro)biology and vetinary science to identify the opportunities for automated analysis of animal behavior. In particular, we focus on the re-use of existing recordings, to verify or explore novel insights without needing to run new tests.
I’ve been awarded a prestigious NWO TOP grant for my proposal “Automated Recognition of Bodily Interactions” (ARBITER). We will be working on the quantitative description of people in interactions, and develop methods to detect these interactions from video.
A fully funded PhD position will be available soon. If you happen to be a (almost) finished MSc student who has been waiting to work on this topic as long as I have, just contact me!