[MARMAM] Call for Applications: Analyzing Animal Vocal Communication Sequences, a NIMBioS Investigative Workshop

Catherine Crawley ccrawley at nimbios.org
Mon Apr 29 08:05:32 PDT 2013

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
(NIMBioS) is now accepting applications for its Investigative Workshop,
"Multidisciplinary Approaches to Analyzing Animal Vocal Communication
Sequences," to be held October 21-23, 2013, at NIMBioS.

*Objectives:* The aim of this workshop is to bridge the gap between
mathematical and biological researchers with an interest in the
quantitative analysis of animal vocal sequences. Recent developments in
the mathematical analysis of complex animal communication have generated
opportunities to understand the functional aspects of animal
vocalizations, their role in social organization, and ultimately to
explore the origins and evolution of human language. Until now, however,
the collaboration between mathematicians/computer scientists and
biologists/zoologists in this field has been very limited. We aim to
define the state of the art in this field, explore new horizons for
collaboration, and provide new techniques through a synthesis of the
mathematical and biological approaches to communication analysis. We
will also use this unique gathering to define some of the key questions
that need to be posed to address ultimate and proximate hypotheses about
behavior, in the context of animal vocal communication systems.

*Location: *NIMBioS at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

*Co-Organizers: *Dan Blumstein, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Univ. of
California, Los Angeles; Marie A. Roch, Computer Science, San Diego
State Univ.; and Arik Kershenbaum, NIMBioS, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville

For more information about the workshop and a link to the online
application form, go to http://www.nimbios.org/workshops/WS_vocal

Participation in the workshop is by application only. Individuals with a
strong interest in the topic are encouraged to apply, and successful
applicants will be notified within two weeks of the application
deadline. If needed, financial support for travel, meals, and lodging is
available for workshop attendees.

*Application deadline:* June 24, 2013

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
(NIMBioS) (http://www.nimbios.org) brings together researchers from
around the world to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to
investigate solutions to basic and applied problems in the life
sciences. NIMBioS is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Department of
Agriculture with additional support from The University of Tennessee,

Catherine Crawley, Ph.D.
Communications Manager
National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)
University of Tennessee
1122 Volunteer Blvd, Ste. 106
Knoxville, TN 37996
e ccrawley at nimbios.org
t +1 865 974 9350
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