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First International
Workshop on

Research Methods
in Animal Emotion Analysis (RM4AEA)

July 19th, 2021, 9:45-17:00 GMT+3 (online)


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 animal emotional states.


This workshop aims to build bridges between animal behavior and cognition, especially with regard to the analysis of their emotional states, and AI in order to push forward the emerging field of automatic emotion recognition and analysis.



All times are in St.Petersburg time GMT+3, to view the time in your timezone press on the times below.

Opening and welcome

Introduction to Facial Behaviour and how to measure it using FACS.

Bridget Waller, Nottingham Trent University

How to use FACS to understand animals, from dogs to primates? 

Catia Caeiro, University of Stirling&University of Kyoto

​MacaquePose: a novel dataset for deep learning based for marker-less motion capture of macaque monkeys

Jumpei Matsumoto, University of Toyama, Japan

Lunch break

The bumpy road towards automated recognition of facial expressions of horse pain.

Pia Haubro Andersen, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

At the end of their rope: Understanding dog emotions!

Anjuli Barber, Dog Emotion Lab, Germany

Artificial Intelligence in Investigation of Farm Animal's Affective States.

Suresh Neethirajan, Wageningen University, the Netherlands 

Investigating facial expressions and their accuracy as potential emotion indicators in dogs

Annika Bremhorst, University of Bern, Switzerland and University of Lincoln, UK

Investigating facial expressions in dogs: opportunities for AI

Anna Zamansky, University of Haifa, Israel and Annika Bremhorst, University of Bern, Switzerland and University of Lincoln, UK

 Video-based recognition of different pain types in horses using deep learning

Sofia Broomé, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Automated labelling of facial features in dogs using DeepLabCut

Marie-Claire Pagano, Cameron Smith, Yu Guan and Lucy Asher, Newcastle University, UK

Short break

Plenary panel and discussion


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Annika Bremhorst

Independent Researcher

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Sabrina Karl

Comparative Cognition, Messerli Research Institute, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Vienna, Austria.


Dmitrii Kaplun

ETU "LETI", St. Petersburg, Russia


Catia Caeiro

(1) Behaviour and Evolution Research Group , Psychology, University of Stirling, UK, (2) Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University, Japan.


Anna Zamansky

Tech4Animals Lab, Information Systems Department, University of Haifa.


Call for Abstracts

We invite abstract submissions (up to 500 words) on topics broadly related to methods in animal emotion and behavior analysis. The accepted abstracts will be presented as short (10 mins) talks at the workshop.

Submission deadline: July 1st, 2021. 

Please use this link to submit your abstract


Registration for the Workshop

Attending the workshop is free, but requires pre-registration.
Please register in the
google form here.

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