Machine Vision of Animals and their Behaviour

10th September 2015, Swansea, UK

A half-day workshop held in conjunction with the 26th British Machine Vision Conference (BMVC).


This workshop aims to bring together the computer vision for animals community to present and discuss positions, methods and applications addressing key challenges in this emerging field. Discussions at the workshop will seek to understand challenges and identify opportunities and research directions for academia, industry and government from diverse perspectives, such as animal farming, wildlife study and machine vision with pattern recognition.

The workshop will consist of two keynote talks from agriculture and machine vision, oral presentations and posters. Generous time for Q+A and discussions will be given. The motivation is to stimulate in­-depth discussions on this relatively new, emerging trend of computer vision research.

Call for Papers

Authors are invited to submit 4-6 page, high­-quality papers on positions, methods, applications, and work in progress addressing (but not limited to) the challenges stated below for machine vision of animals and their behaviour. Each paper will be reviewed by three reviewers in a double-blind process. Accepted papers will be published in electronic proceedings with DOI indexing, distributed by the BMVC.

  • Inferring animal behaviour
    • Recognition and discrimination of behaviour from reactivity to the environment (e.g., wind, waves).
    • Identification of generic ‘problems’ and classification of specific health and welfare problems.
    • Detection of behaviour changes such as change in activity level (including death), social interactions and change in activity type.
    • Analysis of natural groupings / phenomena, such as herds and swarms appearing all at once.
  • Measuring animals
    • Identification, tracking and monitoring of individuals in groups.
    • Estimation of count, weight, size, shape, gait and dispersion.
    • Assessment of variation in groups of animals.
    • Classification of different organisms (e.g., by species).
    • Inspection of carcass parts.
    • Inferring body composition from live animals.
  • Technical / Application
    • Challenging conditions for machine vision, such as frequent changes in lighting and background.
    • Challenging environments such as buildings, extensive areas, water systems, deserts, and forests.
    • Big data generated from multiple sources.
    • Precision livestock farming that addresses sustainability.

The call for papers is available in text format, in case you want to email it to someone.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: Friday 10 July 2015 (11.59PM, Pacific Daylight Time)
Author notification: Friday 31 July 2015
Author registration and attendee early registration Friday 7 August 2015
MVAB workshop Thursday PM 10 September 2015

Author Instructions

Paper Format

Workshop papers have a minimum of 4 pages and maximum of 6 pages (excluding references). Papers should follow the same formatting style as a BMVC conference paper, for double-blind review. The appropriate typesetting kit (LaTeX or Word) can be downloaded from BMVC's Paper Submission page.

Please note that, for the workshop, we do not require a one-page abstract.

Paper Submission Details

Papers should be submitted at

Presentation Instructions

Oral presentations correspond to 20-minute slots within the workshop's programme. Slide presentations should not exceed 15 minutes and allow for a 5-minute discussion.

Poster presentations will run during the coffee break. A space approximately 3-foot wide by 4-foot tall will be provided for each poster. This is ideal for an A0 portrait poster, but you are free to choose the size and orientation of your poster.


Registration options are explained in BMVC's Registration page. Registration and payment can be done online by following the link at the bottom of that page. If you're registering as a presenting author, please read also the information in BMVC's Author Registration page. Note that each workshop paper must have at least one author registered at the workshop registration rate by Friday 7 August.


The workshop is located in Faraday K lecture theatre on ground floor of the Faraday Building. Maps of the location are available here (building 8.1) and here (last Google map).

The coffee break and poster session is located in the Taliesin Annexe, which is just a few minutes walk from the Faraday building. The location is available from here (building 31) and here (last Google map).

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