Visual observation and analysis of Vertebrate And Insect Behavior 2020

A one day workshop to be held in conjunction with the

25th International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR 2020)
Milan, Italy / online
January 11, 2021

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.

Previous versions of VAIB are here: 2008 (Tampa), 2010 (Istanbul), 2012 (Tsukuba), 2014 (Stockholm), 2016 (Cancun), 2018 (Beijing),

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.


The workshop will be held on Monday January 11, 2021 using ZOOM. The link into the workshop is HERE. Please note that all times are in UTC+1 (Italy) time.

The program is:


Monkeys & Apes

Other Animals

Submission Information

Submit a 4 page extended abstract in English, in PDF, by email to by October 10, 2020. 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.

Note: all papers must conform to the IAPR Ethical Requirements for Authors: the paper is substantially original work not previously published, plagiarism is forbidden, and authors must show up at the workshop.

Important Dates

Submission DeadlineOctober 10, 2020
Acceptance NotificationNovember 10, 2020
Revised Abstract DeadlineNovember 24, 2020
WorkshopJanuary 11, 2021

Workshop Organizers

R. Fisher (Chair)University of Edinburgh
J. HallamUniversity of South Denmark
S. PalazzoUniversita' di Catania

Program Committee

J. AtanboriHull University
M. BetkeBoston University
B. BoomCyclomedia
A. Branzan Albu University of Victoria
T. BurghardtUniversity of Bristol
A. Cartas AyalaUniversitat de Barcelona
J. DenzlerUniversitat Jena
A. FrenchNottingham University
A. GabdulkhakovaVienna University of Technology
L. N. GovindarajanBrown University
A. HoogsKitware
X. JiangUniversiteit Muenster
M. KampelTechnical University of Vienna
Y. KitaJapanese Nat. Inst. of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
W. KropatschVienna Technical University
R. MegretUniversity of Puerto Rico
M. MirmehdiUniversity of Bristol
N. Napp State University of New York at Buffalo
M. NilssonLund Tekniska Hogskola
R. PoppeUniversiteit Utrecht
E. PsotaUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln
S. RavelaMassachusetts Inst of Technology
B. RisseUniversitat M√ľunster
R. SillitoActual Analytics
C. SpampinatoUniversita' di Catania
Y. XiaoUniversity of West England


Email: Prof. Robert Fisher at rbf -a-t-

School of Informatics, Univ. of Edinburgh
1.11 Bayes Centre, 47 Potterrow, Edinburgh EH8 9BT, UK
Tel: +44-(131)-651-3441 (direct line), +44-(131)-651-3443 (secretary)
Fax: +44-(131)-650-6899

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