May 2016, Dublin - Early morning and the hotel lobby is already buzzing. Researchers from all over the world, members of the organizing committee, student volunteers, sales staff - all are gathering for the same purpose: the first day of Measuring Behavior 2016. At ten minutes to 9, the chatter slowly stops when Cathal Gurrin takes center stage. "Fáilte roimh a baile átha Cliath, welcome to Dublin!"
Talking methods & techniques at Measuring Behavior 2016
For the first time in 20 years Measuring Behavior was held outside of its home base in The Netherlands. The 10th edition of the conference for methods and techniques in behavioral research took place in Dublin, Ireland. From 25 - 27 May 2016, over 200 international researchers from almost 30 countries gathered in the Irish capital for 3 days of discussing the latest methods and techniques in behavioral research.
After a warm welcome by the 2016 conference chair Cathal Gurrin, the conference kicked off with the first keynote speaker. Barry Smyth (Insight Centre for Data Analytics) discussed Human Analytics and Big Data in his keynote, and how the sensory web is changing our world.
At the end of a day full of symposia and oral sessions on Fish, Human Measurement, and measuring choice behavior, it was time to head to Guinness Storehouse, where freshly – and sometimes personally - poured Guinness pints were awaiting the delegates.
An amazing 360 degree view provided a fitting conclusion to the first day of the conference.
The second day of Measuring Behavior started with a keynote by Cathal Gurrin and Graham Healy (DCU), who stepped in after a last minute change to the program.
The topic of their keynote address: lifelogging. Cathal Gurrin has been wearing a chest mounted camera and capturing a personal digital memory since 2006. His database includes over 15 million wearable camera images and hundreds of millions of other sensor readings.
Together with Graham Healy (a fellow expert on image processing, EEG, lifelogging and brain computer interfaces), they discussed the history and future of lifelogging and some image processing techniques to extract information from both pictures as personal sensors, and Internet of Things devices.
Throughout the day symposia and sessions on human factors, precision livestock measurements, and animal-computer interaction took place, as well as demos and a ‘Publisher’s Guide to Journal Publishing’ by Elsevier’s Shamus O’Reilly.
A well-deserved banquet at historic Clontarf Castle – preceded by a little history lesson – provided a fitting conclusion of another fully packed conference day.
On the third and final day of Measuring Behavior 2016 it was up to Anton Bespalov (Partnership for Assessment and Accreditation of Scientific Practice) to address the conference delegates. His keynote about lacking quality in research addressed the question of whether the behavioral science are affected more by this than other areas of biomedical science.
It set an interesting start to this final day, which ended with the presentation of various awards and an invitation to meet again in Manchester for Measuring Behavior 2018 in June 2018.
Stay tuned to find out more about Measuring Behavior 2018 soon!
Did you attend MB 2016? Let us know your highlights of this year’s MB conference in the comments!