Physics of Behavior

Symposium at CUNY
Oct 7, 2022, 10:00 am4:00 pm
Skylight Room, CUNY Graduate Center and via Zoom



Event Description

The physics of behavior aims at a more complete characterization of complex animal movements under more naturalistic conditions.  This symposium samples recent progress in this field.  We will hear from  theorists and experimentalists as they discuss how ideas from dynamical systems theory and statistical physics can create simple yet predictive models of animal behavior across scales, and how new methods, driven by advances in computer vision and deep learning, are bringing us toward precise and automated quantifications of behavior in diverse organisms and contexts. 

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Quantifying behavior using deep learning
Talmo Pereira, Salk Institute

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM 

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Physics of behavior across scales:
from partial observations to long time scales through maximally predictive states

António Carlos Costa, ENS Paris

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM 
Lunch in Skylight Room

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Quantifying the structure of multi-agent behavior
Ann Kennedy, Northwestern University

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Abstracts available at

  • Center for the Physics of Biological Function
  • Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences