Measuring Behavior '98: Second Announcement

Lucas Noldus lu.do at home.diva.nl
Mon Dec 29 16:59:12 EST 1997


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 have
already begun to design an exciting scientific, technical and social


Measuring Behavior '98 will offer a variety of ways to gather and
exchange information. The program will consist of oral papers, poster
sessions, demonstrations, training sessions, user meetings, scientific
tours, post-conference excursions, and a pleasant social program. All
presentations will deal with innovative methods and techniques in
behavioral research. Validation of a new technique is an acceptable
subject for a paper or poster. However, papers discussing applications
of proven techniques do not belong at Measuring Behavior '98.
Presentations on physiological techniques are welcome, as long as
there is a clear link with behavior. Contributions are welcome on the
following topics:

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

Behavior and Physiology
* Biotelemetry
* Data loggers and transponders
* In vivo microdialysis, biosensors

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

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


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. 


Measuring Behavior '98 will be held at the Center for Biological
Sciences of the University of Groningen in Haren, The Netherlands.
Groningen is one of the oldest university towns of the Netherlands.
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


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)
18-21 August 1998: Measuring Behavior '98 conference


To receive the Preliminary Program with registration and abstract
submission forms, please contact the conference secretariat at the
address below. All information is also available on the conference web
site, where you will be able to register electronically soon. We look
forward to meeting you at Measuring Behavior '98 in August!


* 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


Measuring Behavior '98
Attn: Rosan Nikkelen
P.O. Box 268
6700 AG Wageningen
The Netherlands
Phone: +31-(0)317-497677
Fax: +31-(0)317-424496
E-mail: mb98 at noldus.nl
Web: http://www.noldus.com/events/mb98/mb98.htm


The preceding workshop, Measuring Behavior '96, was a great success,
with 153 participants from 25 countries. Dr. M.R. Kruk (University of
Leiden, NL), who presented the closing lecture during the workshop,
wrote a meeting report which was published in the May 1997 issue of
Trends in Neurosciences (vol. 20, no. 5, pp. 187-189). His article,
entitled "Measuring behaviour into the twenty-first century", places
the workshop in the context of current thinking in the field of
experimental behavioral research and is definitely worth reading. The
proceedings of Measuring Behavior '96 can be accessed at

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