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DeepLabCut: a deep learning tool for fast, robust, and efficient 3D pose estimation of multiple individuals

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Quantifying behavior is crucial for many applications across the life sciences and engineering. Videography provides easy methods for the observation and recording of animal behavior in diverse settings, yet extracting particular aspects of a behavior for further analysis can be highly time consuming and computationally challenging. I will present an efficient method for markerless pose estimation based on transfer learning with deep neural networks that achieves excellent results with minimal training data. I will demonstrate the versatility of this framework by tracking various body parts in multiple species across a broad collection of behaviors from egg-laying fruits flies to hunting cheetahs. Furthermore, I will highlight recent work on tracking multiple animals during social and collective behaviors as well as ways to score their behavior automatically.


Alexander Mathis (lab of Prof. Venkatesh N. Murthy)
Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University

Journey Description


E - Main Entrance/Reception
1 - Managing Board; sections: Infection Biology Unit, Unit of Infection Models, Laboratory Animal Science Unit, Primate Genetics Laboratory, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology Unit, Cognitive Ethology Laboratory, Neurobiology Laboratory, Research Coordination, Public Relations, Information Technology, Administration, Technical Support, Library.
2 - Material Delivery/Purchase
3 - Platform Degenerative Diseases
4 - Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory
5 - Animal Husbandry
6 - Imaging Center, Functional Imaging Laboratory

Arrival by car

Leave the interstate A7 at exit "Göttingen Nord". Follow the B27 straight ahead in the direction of "Braunlage". After the third traffic light intersection turn right towards "Kliniken". Afterwards turn left onto "Robert-Koch-Straße" direction "Universität Nordbereich/Polizei". At the end of "Robert-Koch-Straße" turn right onto "Otto-Hahn-Straße", direction "Nikolausberg". The first street on the left turn onto "Kellnerweg", follow the signs "Deutsches Primatenzentrum".

Arrival by bus

The footpath from the bus stop "Kellnerweg" to the Main Entrance/Reception: 
From Bus stop "Kellnerweg" (line 21/22 and 23) Cross the road, go in the direction of the bus. At the mailbox, turn left into the footpath and proceed to the end. Turn right into the Kellnerweg. The main entrance of the DPZ is on the left side.

Date and Time 10.09.19 - 16:15 - 17:15 Signup is not required

Location Alter Hörsaal/Old Lecture Hall


Deutsches Primatenzentrum GmbH

Kellnerweg 4

37077 Göttingen

Contact Julia Wanda Nowak, M.Sc.
PhD Student
Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory - Sensorimotor Group
Tel: +49 (0) 551 38 51 360
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