UPDATE: Due to current developments we have postponed the workshop until further notice. We are looking into various options and will keep you posted. Thank you for your understanding.

We are delighted to announce a one-day workshop on the use of calibrated digital photography as well as the MICA/QCPA framework at the University of Melbourne. The workshop is taking place immediately prior to the 2020 meeting of the International Society of Behavioural Ecology (ISBE) in Melbourne, but is open to anyone interested.

Date & Time:  27.09.2020 / 9.30am – 17.00pm

Location: The University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus, Interactive Cinema Space, Room 353. Third floor, North Wing, Arts West

Map: https://maps.unimelb.edu.au/parkville/building/148a/353

Required Equipment: Laptop with pre-installed MICA toolbox (Win/Mac OS/Linux)

Cost: AUD $ 25

Registration closing date: 13.09.2020


Workshop Abstract

Calibrated digital photography is increasingly being used to quantify colour patterns in nature because it provides an easily accessible, reliable and low-cost alternative to the use of spectrophotometry and hyperspectral imaging. Multispectral image data obtained by digital cameras can be used to reliably model early processing stages of most currently known visual systems spanning ultraviolet (UV) to near-infrared wavelength information. The Multispectral Image Calibration and Analysis toolbox (MICA) (Troscianko & Stevens, 2015 ) has made the know-how of calibrated digital photography available to a wide audience and its most recent addition, the Quantitative Colour Pattern Analysis (QCPA) (van den Berg, Troscianko, Endler, Marshall, & Cheney, 2019) has augmented the platform into a comprehensive framework for the analysis of colour patterns in nature.

This workshop will provide a brief introduction to calibrated digital photography followed by practical examples for both UV and non-UV image acquisition. The second part of the workshop will focus on the analysis of calibrated image data using the QCPA framework as well as a range of other analytical tools available in MICA. The workshop will be led by MICA and QPCA developers, Jolyon Troscianko (Exeter University, UK) and Cedric van den Berg (Queensland University, AUS). Participants will be able to bring their own image data and discuss specific questions and challenges at the end of the workshop. The event is catered and will include morning tea and lunch. Discussions can continue over a drink at the ISBE2020 welcome reception or another venue. To gain maximum benefit from the workshop we recommend participants to familiarise themselves with these tools on the official website www.empiricalimaging.com prior to the workshop, particularly by reading the publications and having a look at general introductions & tutorials. A pre-installed version of the software and a laptop (Windows / Mac / Linux) are required.

Preliminary Schedule

9:30 – 10:30                       

General Introduction: Introduction to basic principles of calibrated digital photography

10:30 – 11:00

Morning Tea

11:00 – 12:00                    

Equipment: Introduction to calibrating digital cameras & Image acquisition

12:00 – 13:00


13:00 – 14:00                    

Data acquisition: Introduction to taking UV & non-UV calibrated images + basics of MICA + QCPA

15:00 – 16:30                    

Data analysis: Introduction to QCPA continued + other analytical tools in MICA

16:30 – 17:00                    

General Discussion

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Quantitative imaging and visual modelling workshop (27.09.2020, Melbourne)

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