NEMO experiment on children and deception

From Saterday April 20 to Sunday May 5, a team of researchers from the University of Utrecht (led by Albert Ali Salah and me), Erasmus University Rotterdam (led by Sophie van der Zee) and University of Amsterdam (led by Theo Gevers) have conducted a citizen’s science project at the NEMO science museum in Amsterdam. In total 309 people from 6 years old have kindly lied to us in front the camera. Another 163 have provided their services as lie detectors. A huge success, stay tuned for the first results! Thanks to all participants, NEMO and the team.

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Picture taken by NEMO – DigiDaan

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Cathexis: Truth on Trial

Thinking outside or inside the box? In the Cathexis project, we combine some of my research passions: analyzing human behavior and deception detection, all in a playful manner. But when technology meets live, interactive performance, many challenges need to be overcome. After residencies in Utrecht, Paris, Louvain-la-Neuve, Avignon, Brussels and Belgrade, we return to Sarajevo for the Mess festival in October this year.

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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.

NCCV a great success

On September 14 and 15, 70 participants from academia and industry attended the second Netherlands Conference on Computer Vision in Lunteren. We had an interesting program with keynote talks by Christoph Lampert and Ivan Laptev, 15 orals and 20 posters and much room for discussions and social activities. Photos and slides of the keynotes can be found online.

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The organization (Hamdi Dibeklioglu, Theo Gevers, Thomas Mensink and me) would like to thank all attendees!