FaceReader useful to improve Animal-Assisted Therapy
July 18, 2022 - For several years now, the Lithuanian University of Health Science (LSMU) in Kaunas, is using the FaceReader software for scientific research within several faculties. For example, the faculty of Food Safety and Quality took advantage of the FaceReader software to answer the question whether there is a relationship between food choice and a person’s mood? The results obtained using FaceReader are very promising and sufficiently accurate to detect differences in facial emotion expressions induced by different tastes of food for different mood groups.Prof. Dr. E. Bartkiene|Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, LithuaniaRecently, Jovitą Lukšaitę and her team of the LSMU faculty of Animal Sciences investigated how to improve Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT). For this research, they used FaceReader software. Again, a good example of how FaceReader empowers researchers in their work, to obtain objective data in a structured and effective way.The Noldus research portfolio: FaceReaderNoldus empowers customers with best in class tools to ease the work of the researchers, enable them to collect data and calculate reliable results to help them discover the insights they are looking for. Working side by side with those researchers results in personal service and tailored solutions for their research needs.FaceReader is one of those innovative tools for scientific research in areas such as communication, emotions, and all kind of interactions, like parent-child interaction, but also human-animal interaction. This article focuses on the latter.The usefulness of Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT)Positive emotions, as well as the feelings of happiness, are very important factors for human mental and physical health. Within a human-animal interaction, animals such as dogs, cats, sheep, horses, and pigs can provide people with a sense of calm, comfort, or security. Moreover, they can distract the attention from a stressful situation.Animal-Assisted therapy advocates say that deve
Noldus announces collaboration agreement with Inscopix
June 28, 2022 - Noldus Information Technology, a leading developer of tools for behavioral research, announced a collaboration agreement with neuroscience company Inscopix. Through this collaboration, Noldus’ pioneering EthoVision XT video tracking software can be integrated in Inscopix’s new nVision platform. Researchers will now be able to perform precise time correlations between rodent brain activity and behavior, such as exploration or navigation and choice tasks. “Uncovering brain dysfunction at the neurocircuitry level and how it is linked to behavior will enable researchers to uncover new insights into how the brain works and will support the development of better targeted treatments,” said Lucas Noldus, Ph.D., CEO of Noldus Information Technology. “We are excited to collaborate with Inscopix and offer users the capability of integrating our pioneering video tracking technology with Inscopix’s new platform.” EthoVision XT has a long-standing record as the market leading software for video tracking and experiment automation. It is capable of tracking and analyzing animal behavior, movement, and activity from video or live camera input. nVision platformInscopix’ new nVision platform allows for the real-time integration of behavior with miniscope imaging, which enables the simultaneous capture of high-quality behavior and calcium imaging movies in a single session. “We have been working in the background for a long time now to provide our miniscope users with an effortless and accurate way to synchronize their valuable miniscope data with third party-acquired behavioral movies, which is technically laborious to do and prone to data loss,” said Kunal Ghosh, Ph.D., CEO of Inscopix. “We're thrilled to be introducing nVision, which is the first and only platform enabling both high-resolution acquisition of behavioral videos and precise synchronization with calcium imaging data.”Upon release, nVision would be the only integrated technology
Statement on the situation in Ukraine
March 15, 2022 - Noldus Information Technology is deeply concerned about the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the resultant threats to peace and stability. The situation has compelled us to reassess our business relationships with Russia. In light of the current situation, we have decided to suspend all business with the Russian Federation. This means that Noldus Information Technology will not accept new sales orders from Russia and will not ship any goods to Russia until further notice.Furthermore, the program chairs of Measuring Behavior 2022 – a biennial conference with which Noldus Information Technology is closely involved – have decided that delegates from the Russian Federation will not be welcome at this year’s conference in May.Our thoughts are with all the people who are suffering as a result of the violence: the people of Ukraine and all those around the world with family, friends and loved ones in the region. We hope that the government of the Russian Federation will soon realize that this war is wrong and must stop immediately.
Behavior, technology and ethics: from Inspiration to sustainable Innovation
October 18, 2021 - Lucas Noldus has been appointed professor of Behavior, information technology and innovation at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. On 8 October he gave his inaugural lecture entitled “Behavior, technology and ethics: From inspiration to sustainable innovation”.In front of a full auditorium and an extensive online audience, Prof. Dr. Lucas Noldus shared his fascination for human and animal behavior, explained how technology helps researchers to study, understand, and influence behavior, and discussed that only with responsible use of laboratory animals, responsible data collection from humans, and responsible use of AI, scientists and entrepreneurs can realize sustainable innovations that contribute to a better world.
Noldus statement on Amnesty report
September 21, 2020 - In response to Amnesty International’s report “Out of Control: Failing EU Laws for Digital Surveillance Export”, published on 21 September 2020, Noldus Information Technology wishes to share the following information with the press:CEO Lucas Noldus: “We develop software for behavioral research and training, performed under scrutiny of ethical boards and with informed consent by participants and full respect of privacy. Our software cannot be used for mass surveillance and does not pose a risk to human rights.” “We regret that Amnesty has declined our offers to inspect our software for an assessment of the technology, which has resulted in misleading assumptions and insinuations about its functionality. Amnesty also has not presented a single piece of evidence that the use of our software has led to human rights violations, yet it makes far-reaching statements about the risks associated with our sales to Chinese research organizations. It is shocking that a well-respected NGO points fingers at companies regarding due diligence practices but does not apply proper due diligence itself before publishing allegations.” “We support Amnesty’s plea for stricter Dual Use regulations to control the export of surveillance technology, as long as the discussion about risks of digital technology for human rights is based on evidence, not suspicions or assumptions.” Detailed statements Noldus Information Technology does not manufacture surveillance tools. Our company develops software for the study of behavior, health and wellbeing. This is conducted worldwide by biologists, psychologists, consumer scientists, sports researchers, etc. in universities and research institutes, under scrutiny of ethical boards and with informed consent by participants and full respect of their privacy. Typical use cases are research on mother-child interaction, play behavior, communication, learning, eating behavior, medical skills training, etc. The FaceRe