We thank all participants and speakers for making this first BAFA workshop a success! Let’s keep up the good work.

Welcome to BAFA 2017

Behavioral Neuroscience relies more and more on computational methods such as automated measuring tools for rodent behavior. Our goal is to stimulate the collaboration between neuroscientists and computer scientists for the development and improvement of such tools. Specifically, we aim at bringing the two fields closer together by increasing the understanding of each other’s challenges and requirements. Streamlining the efforts into a common direction will increase the validity and acceptance of the developed tools. Eventually, automated measuring tools form a part of a refined, standardized methodology for animal behavior research that improves the reproducibility of the results and the value for translating them to the human.

The BAFA workshop focuses on studying practical questions or ideas that are pitched by our invited speakers. Every pitch is followed by a break-out session in which the participants either work out one specific component of the idea in detail or map out the wider topic including opportunities, limitations and challenges. The highlights are collected in brief discussion rounds.


We proudly announce our four keynote speakers who will pitch their ideas for a better analysis with fewer animals.

Dr. Roian Egnor

Janelia Research Campus

Something old and something new: using ethology and machine vision to decipher mouse social behavior

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Prof. Robert Fisher

University of Edinburgh

Visual analysis of animal behaviour

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Prof. Louk Vanderschuren

Utrecht University

All Work and No Play: Studying the Neural Mechanisms of Social Play Behaviour in Rats

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Prof. York Winter

Humboldt University, Berlin

Towards full automation of behaviour training and behaviour measurement

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BAFA 2017 is organized by

  • Malte Lorbach, Utrecht University, Department of Information and Computing Sciences
  • Ronald Poppe, Utrecht University, Department of Information and Computing Sciences
  • Judith Homberg, Radboud University Medical Center, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behavior