EthoVision XT 16 marks the start of the 'Deep Learning' era using neural networks to allow a computer to ‘learn by experience’. This drastically improves the detection of body points in rats and mice. The result: unsurpassed video tracking quality!
Dr Peter Oliver is an Associate Professor at the University of Oxford and MRC Programme Leader, and has used the EthoVision XT software. This entertaining and informative chat reveals how Peter’s research follows the genes, as opposed to starting with a disease. For example, his lab identified a family of proteins when gene mapping a mouse mutant with a distinctive pathology, linking to a form of epilepsy. Peter covers the important skills required by a researcher, such as: the ability to make mutually beneficial collaborations; writing skills for publications and grant proposals; and the flexibility to take on new techniques as the research evolves. He also gives us an insight in to publication review and the many creative ways of sharing academic research.
Sam Royle is a Psychology Technician at the University of Salford. In this conversation he gives the listener a real sense of what the role entails and its importance within both academic research and teaching. He shares his experiences of undertaking his Master’s, how he was drawn to the technician’s post as a way of financially supporting his PhD and then discovering the rewards of problem solving, a central feature of the role. Sam explains his fortunate position in being well supported at Salford and how he has enthusiastically embraced all opportunities that have come his way, getting involved in varied research, teaching, outreach and joining the ATSiP technician’s community.
Professor Deirdre Murray is both Head of Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at UCC and Clinical Lead for Paediatrics at Cork University Hospital, dividing her time between research and clinical work. We get to hear how her enjoyment of science and being a people person paved the way towards a career in medicine. Deirdre reveals the interaction of her dual role, enabling her to explore her curiosity beyond current, established protocols with the aim to use research outcomes to make small changes in the clinical approach. Deirdre’s enthusiasm and dedication are apparent when she discusses her work with infants suffering the effects of hypoxia. She also covers a project that looks to assess children at 2 years with an app, allowing those affected by hypoxia to be picked up earlier than school age and be supported.
Professor Katie Slocombe, an Observer XT user, is a comparative psychologist at the University of York. Katie explains how our close primate relatives can inform us on the evolutionary development of human uniqueness. Katie provides real insight in to the experience of being out in the field studying primates, with the highs of exposure to real wildlife activity, as well as the lows of poor weather, waiting for your primates to be present and the close proximity of animals you maybe didn’t want to study. She also covers the importance of people skills with regards to nurturing students and working with an extensive number of collaborators to facilitate the spread of knowledge. Her latest research involves a new strand to include the study of human infants.