Using AI in collective animal behavior without (too many) tears

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Ionians Auditorium

Rua da Quinta Grande, 6
2780-156, Oeiras

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Several seminars are held weekly at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, an initiative that aims to bring together all researchers around the topics under discussion.

The sessions, with internal researchers or guests, contribute to stimulate the open and extremely collaborative culture of the IGC.

You can read the abstract of this seminar to learn more about it.


I would like to convey the opportunities that AI offers to study animal behavior. I will spend a few minutes giving an intuition of how AI works and then explain how we have used it in the lab to study collective animal behavior. One clear opportunity AI offers is to extract richer information from our experiments, that I will illustrate mainly with a tracking system. Less obvious is perhaps how to use AI to understand animal behavior. I will show how we used it to find a model of collective behavior that is both accurate and transparent. I believe the AI modelling is quite close to what a biologist expects from a model: a quantitative description that does not oversimplify too much the underlying Biology.



Gonzalo Polavieja
Champalimaud Foundation, Portugal


Rui Oliveira

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