Measuring Behavior '98: Call for Abstracts

Lucas Noldus lu.do at home.diva.nl
Tue Mar 3 17:00:48 EST 1998


Dear all,

The following is a simple text version of the preliminary program
and call for abstracts for the 2nd International Conference on
Methods and Techniques in Behavioral Research. For more information
and on-line registration please visit the conference Web site at
http://www.noldus.com/events/mb98/mb98.htm. Please note that
abstracts are due by 1 April 1998.

Yours sincerely,

Wineke Schoo
Chair Local Organizing Committee
___________________________________

MEASURING BEHAVIOR '98

2nd International Conference on Methods and Techniques
in Behavioral Research

Groningen, The Netherlands
18-21 August 1998

Following the success of Measuring Behavior '96, we are pleased to
announce that the 2nd International Conference on Methods and
Techniques in Behavioral Research will be held at the University of
Groningen, The Netherlands, 18-21 August 1998. Conference host prof.
dr. J.M. Koolhaas and his fellow members of the program committee are
pleased to offer you an exciting scientific, technical and social
program.


CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Measuring Behavior '98 will offer a variety of ways to gather and
exchange information. The conference program consists of oral
presentations, poster sessions, demonstrations, scientific tours,
technical training, user meetings and a pleasant social program. There
will also be an exhibition of scientific books, instruments and
software. And after the meeting, you can explore Groningen and
surroundings on one of the post-conference excursions!


INTEGRATION OF BEHAVIOR AND PHYSIOLOGY

Measuring Behavior '98 will devote special attention to the
integration of advanced behavioral research with physiological
measurements. With 'integration' we refer to the measurement of
behavioral characteristics combined with in vivo (non-invasive)
recording of the dynamic changes in time of physiological parameters.
Exciting new developments in both the behavioral and physiological
sciences make such an integration feasible. The development of
techniques and generic software tools can form a bridge between
disciplines, which are often unaware of techniques already available
in other fields. For example, data analysis methods stemming from
ethology are now being used by applied psychologists, and path
analysis techniques originally designed by entomologists are equally
useful for behavioral pharmacologists studying rodents. Moreover,
recent developments in radiotelemetry, brain imaging, chip technology
and biosensor techniques originally used by physiologists are now
being used for simultaneous recording of physiological processes and
behavior. To this end, we hope that Measuring Behavior '98, just as in
1996, will serve as a common ground for crossfertilization of research
disciplines.


INVITED SPEAKERS

with preliminary titles of lectures 

- Serge Daan (Department of Behavioral Biology, University of
Groningen, Haren, The Netherlands). Data logging methods for the study
of behavior and chronobiology. 

- Stephen Ellwood (Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Department of 
Zoology, Oxford University, Oxford, UK). Remote video surveillance of
wildlife behavior. 

- Laura Goodwin (Department of Education, University of Colorado,
Denver, USA). Reliability of observational data: obtaining different
results with different estimation techniques. 

- Judith Lauter (Department of Communication and Disorders, 
University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, USA). The "trimodal brain":
integrating auditory neuroscience, brain imaging and the study of
behavioral disorders. 

- Walter Tornatzky (Department of Psychology, Tufts University, 
Medford, USA). Using biotelemetry for integrated measurement of 
behavior and physiology in laboratory animals. 

- Hans Veenema & J.A.R.A.M. van Hooff (Ethology and Socio-ecology, 
Department of Comparative Physiology, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The
Netherlands). Age-related changes in cognitive behavior in relation to
rank: using touch-screen displays in large groups of primates. 

- Berry Wijers (Institute for Experimental and Occupational 
Psychology, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands).
Using real-time neuroimaging techniques for the study of cognitive
processes. 


SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM

At a Measuring Behavior conference, all presentations deal with
methods and techniques in behavioral research, with special emphasis
on the methodological aspects. Validation of  innovative techniques is
an acceptable subject for a paper or poster as well.

Since Measuring Behavior '98 will devote special attention to the
integration of behavioral and physiological measurements,
presentations on physiological techniques are most welcome. Note,
however, that there must always be a clear link with behavior.

The scientific program of Measuring Behavior '98 includes six
symposia, with the following topics (preliminary, non-exhaustive
listing):

Behavioral Recording
+ Activity monitoring
+ Event recording, video coding and annotation
+ Locomotion and flight compensation
+ Video tracking
+ Radio tracking
+ Acoustical monitoring and analysis
+ Eye tracking
+ Automatic recognition of behavior patterns
+ Thermal imaging

Behavioral Analysis
+ Sequential analysis and pattern detection
+ Reliability analysis
+ Track analysis
+ Integrated analysis of behavior and physiology
+ Visualization techniques

Brain Imaging and Behavior
+ Positron Emission Tomography
+ Magnetic Resonance Imaging
+ EEG, etc.

Biotelemetry and Behavior
+ Using telemetry to measure body temperature, blood pressure, ECG,
actvity, etc.

Behavior and Physiology
+ Data loggers and transponders
+ In vivo microdialysis
+ Biosensors

Behavioral Models
+ New behavioral paradigms and tests
+ Simulation of behavior


CONFERENCE VENUE

Measuring Behavior '98 will be held at the Center for Biological
Sciences of the University of Groningen in Haren, The Netherlands. The
university, founded in 1614, is the second oldest of the country.
Featuring a historic city center with great outdoor terraces and
located close to the Wadden Sea, one of Europe's most beautiful
wetland nature areas, Groningen is an excellent venue for our
conference.


PRESENTATION FORMATS

Measuring Behavior '98 offers three types of presentations: 

Oral papers - Oral presentations will be limited to invited speakers
and delegates who submit abstracts of outstanding quality, on a
subject of general interest to the conference participants. The
duration of talks is 25 or 40 minutes (the Program Committee allocates
the time per speaker) followed by discussion.

Poster presentations - Posters will be on display throughout the
conference. During the official poster sessions, authors are expected
to be present next to their poster in order to answer questions of
fellow participants. The poster boards are 120 cm high and 100 cm
wide.

Demonstrations - Scientists who have developed equipment or 
software which is relevant to the theme of the conference are invited
demonstrate it at the meeting. Demonstrations by conference
participants are accomodated in conjunction with the poster sessions.
A demonstration can be combined with a poster or can stand by itself.
The conference organizers can assist you to arrange the necessary
computer, audio/visual and any other provisions.


SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS

Abstract (max. 500 words, including bibliographical references): a 3.5
inch PC or Macintosh diskette with the text of your abstract and two
printed copies must be enclosed with this form. Please write your name
and the file format on the diskette label. Files should be in
WordPerfect, Word or plain ASCII text format. You can also submit your
abstract via electronic mail and via the conference Web site
(http://www.noldus.com/events/mb98/mb98.htm).


PROGRAM COMMITTEE

- Jaap Koolhaas, Department of Animal Physiology, University of
Groningen, Haren, The Netherlands (chair) 

- Berry Spruijt, Animal Welfare Centre, Utrecht University, Utrecht, 
The Netherlands 

- Maria Boccia, Observational Methods Core, Frank Porter Graham Child 
Development Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA 

- William Bell, Department of Entomology, University of Kansas, 
Lawrence, USA

- Bert Mulder, Institute for Experimental and Occupational 
Psychology, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands 

- Roger Bakeman, Department of Psychology, Georgia State University, 
Atlanta, USA 

- Lucas Noldus, Noldus Information Technology b.v., Wageningen, The 
Netherlands. 


IMPORTANT DATES

1 April 1998      Deadline for submission of abstracts 
1 June 1998       Notification of acceptance of abstracts 
15 June 1998      Deadline for early registration (reduced fee) 
18 August 1998    Welcome reception 
19-21 August 1998 Conference sessions 
22 August 1998    Post-conference excursions

CONFERENCE FEE

Before 15 June 1998: 
Delegates: NLG 500
Students: NLG 250

After 15 June 1998:
Delegates: NLG 600
Students: NLG 300

(Exchange rate: NLG 1,- = approx. US$ 0,50)


MORE INFORMATION

Measuring Behavior '98
Conference Secretariat
P.O. Box 268
6700 AG Wageningen
The Netherlands
Phone: +31-317-497677
Fax: +31-317-424496
E-mail: mb98 at noldus.nl
Web: http://www.noldus.com/events/mb98/mb98.htm




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