Science of Deception documentary

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.

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Interdisciplinary workshop on animal behavior analysis

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.

ZonMW grant interdisciplinary workshop for automated animal analysis

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.

Awarded NWO TOP grant

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!