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Workshop on

New Methods in Dog Behavior Analysis


September 12th, 2023, 9:00-17:30 GMT+3
Haifa City Campus, HaNamal 65, Haifa, Israel
Auditorium 508, 5th floor of the Amir building

The event will also be streamed live on YouTube.


The development of objective tools to identify and code facial and body movements in non-human species, as well as recent advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning, offer exciting new opportunities for the investigation of dog behavior, as well as for the development of novel applications related to dog welfare, wellbeing and health. This international workshop will provide opportunities for researchers and practitioners working on dog behavior, cognition and welfare to meet and exchange ideas.


Guest Speakers


Giulia Pedretti

Dept. of Neurosciences,
University of Parma.


Veterinary Behavior Residency Graduate (ECAWBM-BM), Veterinary Psychiatry consultant.


Marcelo Feighelstein

University of Haifa.


Chiara Canori

Dept. of Neurosciences,
University of Parma.


Behavioral Neurobiology Lab, Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of social welfare and health sciences. University of Haifa.


Annika Bremhorst

Director of Dogs and Science and visiting Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Lincoln

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Tal Assif, DVM

Shelter director of the Lod municipal shelter, course director of the Introduction to shelter medicine at the Koret Veterinary School of the Hebrew University and shelter medicine clinical instructor.

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Asaf Dagan

Co-Founder and Chief Veterinary Scientist at PetPace LTD.

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Tiziano Travain

Department of Chemistry, Life Sciences and Environmental Sustainability,
University of Parma

Guest Spakers


All times are in Israel, Jerusalem time UTC+3. All talks are presented in English.

09.00 - 09.30

Opening and Welcome.

09.30 - 10.00

The Nature and Function of Domestic Dogs Visual Signals.
Giulia Pedretti
, Dept. of Neurosciences, University of Parma.

10.00 - 10.30

Unraveling Canine Diplomacy: Investigating Dogs Communicative Signals Through Video and Audio.

Chiara Canori, Dept. of Neurosciences, University of Parma.

10.30 - 11.00

From Observations to Algorithms: The Canine Science Foundation for AI-Driven Dog Emotion Analysis (remote).
Annika Bremhorst, University
of Lincoln.

11.00 - 11.30

Coffee Break.

11.30 - 12.00

DogFACS Tutorial.
Guilia Pedretti and Chiara Canori

12.00 - 12.30

Approaches in Automated Recognition of Animals' Affective States.

Marcelo Feighelstein, University of Haifa.

12.30 - 12.45

Automated Detection of Landmarks for Facial Analysis in Cats and Dogs.
George Martvel
, University of Haifa.

12.45 - 13.00

Deep Learning for Recognition of Positive Anticipation and Frustration from Dog Facial Expressions.
Tali Boneh Shitrit
, University of Haifa.

13.00 - 14.00

Lunch Break.

14.00 - 14.30

The Importance of Shelter Animals Behavior and Welfare.
Tal Assif, Hebrew University and Municipal Shelter of Lod.

14.30 - 15.00

Infrared Thermography and Telemetry as Methods to Assess Dogs' Welfare and Emotions.

Tiziano Travain, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Parma.

15.00 - 15.30

Behavioral Disorders in Dogs: Can AI Help to Draw the Line Between Normal and Pathological Dogs?

Stephane Bleuer, Behavior and Psychiatry Clinic, Tel Aviv.

15.30 - 16.00

Biometrics and the Digital Patient - How Wearable Technology Is Revolutionizing Veterinary Medicine.

Asaf Dagan, Petpace.

16.00 - 16.15

Short Coffee Break.

16.15 - 16.30

Automated Analysis of Dog Respiratory Sounds.
Ariel Oren, University of Haifa.

16.30 - 16.45

Automated Analysis of Dog Behavior: Is Tracking Enough?

Nareed Farhat, University of Haifa.

16.45 - 17.00

From Service Prospect to Service Dog: Using Behavioral Indications to Determine Success in Training and Placement of Service Dogs with Disabled Handlers
Dana Vilker, University of Haifa.

17.00 - 17.30

Machine Learning and Behavioral Analysis of Working Dogs.

Inon Maoz, Behavioral Neurobiology Lab, University of Haifa.


Registration for the Workshop

The workshop will be hybrid - online participation is possible. Attending the workshop is free, but requires pre-registration.

Registration is closed.

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