SICB Annual Meeting 2021
January 3-7, 2021
Washington, DC

Symposium: S6. Spatiotemporal dynamics of animal communication

An animal’s position in space and time determines its ability to collect information about the world around it. These spatiotemporal concerns are of particular importance to animals engaged in communication with each other: the relative spatial positioning of sender and receiver over time can help to optimize information exchange or hamper it because sensory systems and the signals that stimulate them are often highly directional.

To understand how spatiotemporal dynamics are coordinated by participants in a communication system and how these dynamics shape evolution, this symposium addresses biomechanical, neurophysiological, and ecological constraints on display performance, navigation, and orientation towards receivers. We further consider receiver encoding of complex signals and how these factors impact success in communication and the associated decision-making, from neurobiological, cognitive, and philosophical perspectives. We leverage machine learning and social network tools to characterize spatiotemporal dynamics of interactions. Our symposium integrates cross-disciplinary perspectives to open exciting new avenues of inquiry that should pay dividends across these fields and beyond.

Sponsors: DEE, DCB, DIZ, DNNSB, and DAB, NSF (#IOS-2010768)

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Alexander Mathis, Assistant Professor, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), “Deep Learning Tools for the Analysis of Movement, Identity & Behavior”, Twitter: @TrackingPlumes

Andrew Straw, Professor, University of Freiburg, “Videography using fast gimbal tracking to study animal communication”, Twitter: @strawlab

Bob Datta, Associate Professor, Harvard University, “Capturing neurobehavioral dynamics using Motion Sequencing”, Twitter: @Datta_Lab

Laurel Symes, Assistant Director, Cornell University Bioacoustics Research Center, “Sexual selection, natural selection, and artificial intelligence: Implementing technological advances to understand variation in signaling behavior”, Twitter: @LaurelSymes

Tony Chemero, Professor, University of Cincinnati, “Beyond Cognitive Templates”, Twitter: @tonychemero

Sara Wasserman, Emma Coddington, Jess Kanwal, Assistant Professor, Wellesley College, “Internal state: bidirectional brain-body axes of communication”, Twitter: @BrainExplorer

Nathan Morehouse, Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati, “The Geometry of Signaling: Why Spatial Positioning Matters in Animal Communication”, Twitter: @MorehouseLab

Cassie Stoddard, Assistant Professor, Princeton University, “Dynamic displays in the avian world: insights from iridescent hummingbirds”

Gail Patricelli, Professor, UC Davis, “Plasticity in signaling in response to social information in different modalities on the lek”, Twitter: @GailPatricelli

Erik Zornik, Associate Professor, Reed College, “Species differences in vocal patterns are driven by evolution of neural membrane, neural circuit, and biomechanical properties”, Twitter: @erikzornik

Jean-Michel Mongeau, Assistant Professor, The Pennsylvania State University, “Orientation control via spatiotemporal integration in fly flight”

Michael Riechert, Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University, “New dimensions for animal communication networks: space and time”, Twitter: @FrogListener