Visual observation and analysis of Vertebrate And Insect Behavior 2014

A one day workshop to be held in conjunction with the

22nd International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR 2014)
Stockholm, Sweden
August 24, 2014

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.

NOTE: there will also be an ICPR workshop on Underwater Imaging that might be more suitable for papers on 'fish': Underwater Imaging Workshop

Registration Information

On-line registration of workshops will be available via the ICPR 2014 web page. It is not necessary to register for the full conference to attend the workshop.

Papers to be Presented

Venue: Stockholm Waterfront Kongress Centre, probably room 31

Invited Talk
R. B. Fisher
Automated Analysis of Deep-Sea Cabled Observatory Video Data
Alexandra Branzan Albu
Large Animals
The use of image data in the assessment of equine conformation - limitations and solutions
T. Druml, A. Gabdulkhakova, N. Artner, G. Brem, W. Kropatsch
Learning Based Image Segmentation of Pigs in a Pen
M. Nilsson, H. Ardö, K. Åström, A. Herlin, C. Bergsten, O. Guzhva
Break: 10:10-10:40

Robust Point Cloud Segmentation of Rodents using Close Range Depth Cameras in Controlled Environments
O. Fernandez, E. van Dam, R. Veltkamp, L. Noldus
Detecting individual body parts improves mouse behavior classification
C. Decker, F. Hamprecht
Rat Paw Tracking for Detailed Motion Analysis
T. Palmér, K. Åström, O. Enqvist, N. Ivíca, P. Petersson
Aquatic Animals
Preliminary Experiments with the Fish4Knowledge Dataset
R. B. Fisher, B. J. Boom, P. X. Huang
Tracking the Motion of Box Jellyfish
T. Kjellberg, T. Palmér, M. Oskarsson, K. Åström
Skeleton-based analysis of butterflies derived by colour images
D. Giuliani
3D tracking based on possibilities rather than probabilities. Application to flying honeybees at the beehive entrance
G. Chiron, P. Gomez-Krämer, M. Menard
Lunch: 13:00-14:30

Other Species
Imaging Modalities For Semi-Translucent Animals And Their Impact On Quantitative Analysis
B. Risse, D. Berh, N. Otto, X. Jiang, C. Klämbt
A Detection Algorithm Based on Matrix Factorization for Live Mitochondria in Fluorescent Microscopic Images
X.-M. Jia, Y.-M. Nie, Y. Li, X.-L. Xing, S.-D. Du
Finish: 15:30

Submission Information

Submit a 4 page extended abstract in English, in PDF, by email to by May 1, 2014. 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 DeadlineMay 1, 2014
Acceptance NotificationJune 1, 2014
Revised Abstract DeadlineJuly 1, 2014

Workshop Organisers

R. FisherUniversity of Edinburgh
J. HallamUniversity of South Denmark
B. BoomUniversity of Edinburgh
C. SpampinatoUniversita' di Catania

Program Committee

D. ArmstrongUniversity of Edinburgh
M. BetkeBoston University
A. Branzan Albu University of Victoria
T. BurghardtUniversity of Bristol
P. DickinsonUniversity of Lincoln
G. FarinellaUniversity of Catania
A. FrenchNottingham University
Y. KitaJapanese Nat. Inst. of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
M. MirmehdiUniversity of Bristol
E. PauwelsCentrum Wiskunde & Informatica
T. PridmoreNottingham University
S. RavelaMassachusetts Inst of Technology
R. SillitoActual Analytics
E. van DamNoldus
Y. Xiao University of West England


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