Measuring Animal Behaviour – Workshop on Methods for Coding Facial and Body Expressions

Thursday, 2019/10/10 - Friday, 2019/10/11

The Measuring Animal Behaviour Methods Workshop is held at the University of Bern, Switzerland, from October 10-11, 2019.

Three main topics will be covered:
1. Methods to code facial expressions (covering FACS for different species, Grimace scales, facial landmarking)
2. Methods to code body expressions (covering BAP, DogBAP)
3. Methods and techniques from computer science relevant for behaviour analysis

The overall goal of this workshop is to bring together experts on selected methods for coding facial and body expressions with researchers interested in applying these methods in animal research. Behaviour coding methods used for animals are sometimes adapted from methods initially developed in human research. Thus, mutual exchange of knowledge and experience across human and animal research is beneficial, which is why experts from both fields are invited as speakers. Cutting edge technology is increasingly considered to automatize the behaviour coding process. Therefore, also computer scientists are invited as experts to share relevant basic knowledge on computer-based solutions for behaviour coding.

During this workshop, the speakers will present relevant theoretical knowledge about the methods covered, past and possible future applications as well as potential future advancements of the methods themselves. The FACS coding system is furthermore presented in a practical session that demonstrates how to use this method. Discussions, questions, and exchange of experiences with the methods will be promoted during the workshop.

We are honoured to welcome the following excellent speakers and experts on different methods to code facial and body expressions:
Bridget Waller; University of Portsmouth (UK)
Peter Robinson; University of Cambridge (UK)
Hedvig Kjellström; KTH (SE)
Nele Dael; University of Lausanne (CH)
Deborah Forster; University of California, San Diego (USA)
Catia C. Caeiro; University of Lincoln (UK)
Sara Hintze; University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (A)
Mattea Durst; University of Zürich (CH)
Daniel S. Mills; University of Lincoln (GB)

Participation fees: 80 CHF (students: 50 CHF, please be prepared to send a confirmation of your studentship upon request). Coffee and lunch breaks are included in the fees; the workshop dinner at the end of the first day is on a voluntary basis and will not be covered.
The places are limited. Sign up early to ensure your participation.

Public transport to reach the venue: Linie 12 (heading for Länggasse, stop: Länggasse)

Travel to Bern: Bern is the capital city of Switzerland and can easily be reached. International airports are close by (e.g. Geneva, Zurich, Basel). For more information on your travel planning, the following websites may be of help:
Swiss Railway Website
City of Bern Website

Workshop dates: October 10, 2019 (9.15 am – 6.30 pm) and October 11, 2019 (9.00 am – 5.30 pm)

Event organizer: Annika Bremhorst
Speaker: Bridget Waller, Peter Robinson, Hedvig Kjellström, Nele Dael, Deborah Forster, Catia C. Caeiro, Sara Hintze, Mattea Durst, Annika Bremhorst
Date: 2019/10/10 - 2019/10/11
Time: 09:15 - 18:30
Locality: Fakultätszimmer
Länggassstrasse 120
3012 Bern
Registration: The workshop is already booked out. If you would like to be put on the waiting list, please send an email to:
Characteristics: open to the public