Visual observation and analysis of animal and insect behavior

A one day workshop to be held in conjunction with the

20th International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR 2010)
Istanbul, Turkey
August 22, 2010

and sponsored by the EU ChiRoPing project: Developing versatile and robust perception using sonar systems that integrate active sensing, morphology and behaviour.

There has been an enormous amount of research on analysis of video data of humans, but relatively little on visual analysis of other organisms. The goal of this workshop is to stimulate and bring together the current research in this area, and provide a forum for researchers to share expertise. As we want to make this more of a discussion workshop, we encourage work-in-progress presentations. Reviewing will be lightweight and only abstracts will be circulated to attendees.

The issues that the research will address include:

These problems can be applied to a variety of species at different sizes, such as fruit and house flies, crickets, cockroaches and other insects, farmed and wild fish, mice and rats, commercial farm animals such as poultry, cows and horses, and wildlife monitoring, etc. One aspect that they all have in common is video data.

Submission Information

Submit a 4 page extended abstract in English, in PDF, by email to by April 1, 2010. The extended abstracts (PDF) should be anonymous. Include in your email the name(s) of the author(s), institutional affiliation, complete mailing address, international phone and fax numbers. The papers presented at the workshop will be published in the workshop notes, for distribution to the participants and linked to this page after the workshop.

Important Dates

Submission DeadlineApril 1, 2010
Acceptance NotificationMay 8, 2010
Revised Abstract DeadlineJune 1, 2010

Registration Information

On-line registration of workshops will be available via the ICPR 2010 web page. It is not necessary to register for the full conference to attend the workshop.

Papers to be Presented

  1. "Rigid body reconstruction for motion analysis of giant honey bees using stereo vision"
    M. Maurer, M. Rüther and Horst Bischof, G. Kastberger
  2. "On-line counting of pests in a greenhouse using computer vision"
    I. Bechar, S Moisan
  3. "Robust insect classification applied to real time greenhouse infestation monitoring"
    R. Kumar, V. Martin, S. Moisan
Flying Animals
  1. "Automated visual monitoring of nesting seabirds"
    P. Dickinson, C. Qing, S. Lawson, R. Freeman
  2. "Bat echolocation behavior from highspeed 3D video"
    Y. Xiao, R. Fisher
  3. "Reconstruction and analysis of 3d trajectories of Brazilian free-tailed bats in flight"
    D. Theriault, Z. Wu, N. Hristov, S. M. Swartz, K. S. Breuer, T. Kunz, M. Betke
  4. "Cataloging birds in their natural habitat"
    T. Ko, S. Soatto, D. Estrin, A. Cenedese
  5. "Detection and identification of animals using stereo vision"
    O. Lévesque, R. Bergevin
Ground Animals
  1. "Estimation of cow's body condition score from images"
    S. Battiato,G. M. Farinella, G. C. Guarnera, G. Puglisi, G. Azzaro, M. Caccamo, G. Licitra, J. D. Ferguson
  2. "Tools and resources for cow behaviour monitoring"
    J. Green, A. P. French, C. Brignell, J. Huxley, T. P. Pridmore
  3. "An algorithm for automatic tracking of rat whiskers"
    G. Gyory, V. Rankov, G. Gordon, I. Perkon, B. Mitchinson, R. Grant, T. Prescott
  4. "Whisker detection as a shortest path problem"
    I. Perkon, A. Košir, J. Tasič, M. Diamond
  5. "Improved rodent contour extraction using a priori shape information"
    R. R. Sillito, T. C. Lukins, J. D. Armstrong
  6. "Vision-based automated recognition of mice home-cage behaviors"
    H. Jhuang, E. Garrote, T. Poggio, A. D Steele, T. Serre
  7. "Generic phase curl localisation for an individual identification of Turing-patterned animals"
    T. Burghardt, N. Campbell
Fish and other marine animals
  1. "Computer assisted photo identification of Dermochelys coriacea"
    P. M. de Zeeuw, E. J. Pauwels, E. B. Ranguelova, D. M. Buonantony, S. A. Eckert
  2. "A new taxonomy and graphical representation for visual fish analysis with a case study"
    G. Ros-Sánchez, G. Garciá-Mateos, L. M. Vera, F. J. Sánchez-Vázquez
  3. "A Detection, Tracking, and Classification System for Underwater Images"
    D. E. Cline, D. R. Edgington

Workshop Organisers

R. FisherUniversity of Edinburgh
J. HallamUniversity of South Denmark
Y. XiaoUniversity of Edinburgh

Program Committee

D. ArmstrongUniversity of Edinburgh
A. Branzan Albu University of Victoria
D. ForsythUniversity of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Y. KitaJapanese Nat. Inst. of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
T. LukinsUniversity of Edinburgh
V. Martin INRIA Sophia Antipoles
M. MirmehdiUniversity of Bristol
G. Mori Simon Fraser University
L. Mummert Intel
S. RavelaMasssachusetts Inst of Technology
C. SpampinatoUniversita' di Catania


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