Join a Workshop on Animal Emotion Recognition

Join a Workshop on Animal Emotion Recognition

On July 19 at 19:00 (UTC +3), LETI will host the workshop on research methods in animal emotion analysis, which is open to everyone.

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The LETI summer school on Animal-Centered Computing is breaking records for the number of participants. The first international workshop on research methods in animal emotion analysis, which will take place on the first day of the school, July 19, is especially popular. More than 200 people have already registered for the workshop, and the number of participants is growing.

For those who did not have time to register for the summer school, there will be additional registration for the workshop. According to Anna Zamanskaya and Dmitry Kaplun, school organizers, this event will be a real laboratory for students.

"In the workshop, we plan to delve into coding animal facial movements. The coordinators and lecturers of the workshop will be a team of experts with experience in implementing MaqFACS, a scientific observational tool for identifying and coding facial movements in primates. The system is based on the facial anatomy of rhesus macaques and has been adapted from the original FACS system used for humans created by Ekman and Friesen in 1978. We tried to make the workshop as intensive as possible, from an introduction to facial movement coordination (Bridget Waller, Nottingham Trent University, the UK) to the use of artificial intelligence in the diagnosis of farm animals (Suresh Neethirajan, Wageningen University, the Netherlands)".

Dmitry Kaplun, Associate Professor at the Department of Automation and Control Processes of ETU "LETI," and head of the program

The development of objective tools to identify and code facial and body movements in non-human species and recent advances in AI and Machine Learning offer exciting new opportunities for the investigation of animal emotional states.

This workshop aims to build bridges between animal behavior and cognition, especially concerning the analysis of their emotional states, and AI to push forward the emerging field of automatic emotion recognition and analysis.

After the opening ceremony of the summer school, ten guest speakers from Switzerland, England, Japan, Sweden, Germany, and the Netherlands will present the results of their research and break down individual cases with workshop participants. At the end of the day, there will be a panel discussion.

You can read more about the program and register for the workshop on the official website of the summer school.