Dynamical representations of animal behavior – why and how?

Organisers: Alex Gomez-Marin, Champalimaud Center for The Unknown, Lisbon, and  Ilan Golani, Tel Aviv University

Schedule: Friday 29th August, 11:10 - 15:40, Dorskampzaal

The symposium will emphasize the need to address the dynamical nature of animal behavior in the methodologies used to quantify and analyze it. Ranging from worms and flies, to fish and mice, we expect to concentrate world experts in different model organisms that will share their newest developments in measuring animal behavior using low-level representation of continuous kinematic variables and techniques borrowed from physics, signal analysis and exploratory data analysis.


Time Authors Title
11:10-11:30 Greg Stephens, VU Amsterdam Sampling the movement phenospace: Towards a biophysics of behavior in the wiggling of C. elegans.
11:30-11:50 Andre Brown, MRC/Imperial College London Syntax in C. elegans locomotion
11:50-12:10 Tomás Cruz and Eugenia Chiappe, Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme
Locomotion in tethered Drosophila melanogaster through virtual worlds
12:10-12:30 Verónica M Corrales C, Aldo A Faisal and Carlos Ribeiro, Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown
Deconstructing the value-based serial decision making process in Drosophila foraging
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-14:20 Pavel Itskov, Jose-Maria Moreira, Ekaterina Vinnik, Goncalo Lopes, Steve Safarik, Michael Dickinson and Carlos Ribeiro Automatic high throughput measurement of feeding behavior in Drosophila
14:20-14:40 Alex Gomez-Marin, Efrat Oron, Anna Gakamsky, Dan Valente, Yoav Benjamini and Ilan Golani, Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme
Is the dynamic coordination between translation and rotation during the shutdown and build up of locomotor behavior homologous in insects and vertebrates?
14:40-15:00 Yair Wexler, Ilan Golani, Liad Shekel and Yoav Benjamini, Tel Aviv University Quantifying exploratory behavior in mice: the vertical dimension
15:00-15:20 Asma Motiwala, Thiago Gouvea, Tiago Monteiro, Christian Machens and Joe Paton, Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme Quantifying continuous behavior to account for neural variability
15:20-15:40 Oliver Stiedl, Torben Hager, René F. Jansen, Anton W. Pieneman, Suriya N. Mannivanan, Ilan Golani, August B. Smit and Matthijs Verhage,
VU Amsterdam
Home cage-based long-term monitoring of fear in mice: novel approach to determine individual differences in risk assessment and avoidance