Measuring Behaviour 2008 Conference: MINET Symposium

February 27, 2008

Official Measuring Behaviour Conference logo

26-29 August 2008

Maastricht, The Netherlands

Measuring Behavior 2008, the 6th international conference on methods and techniques in behavioral research, is the premier interdisciplinary event for scientists and practitioners concerned with the study of human or animal behavior. 

Symposium on “Measuring the Impossible”

A symposium on “Measuring the Impossible” is being organised within this conference, at which papers will be presented on the Measuring the Impossible (MtI) projects, with an emphasis on the techniques used to measure complex phenomena that are mediated by human perception and interpretation.

This will be an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest developments in the EU NEST-MtI projects in addition to learning about the most up-to-date information in behavioural research, that will be presented at the rest of the conference.

Announcement of MINET Training Course 2008

February 5, 2008

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MINET Training Course 2008: Theory and methods of measurements with persons

9-11 June 2008

Palazzo del Principe, Genova, Italy


‘Measurements with Persons’ are measurements to characterise complex quantities and qualities that depend on human perception and interpretation. Providing a means for reproducible measurement of perceptual responses such as pleasure and pain, the perceived attributes of products and services, such as quality or desirability, or the quantification of societal parameters such as security and well-being, has important implications in many areas of commerce, industry, science, medicine and society.
Progress in this area requires the cross-linking of developments across a variety of disciplines, encompassing the physical, biological, psychological and social sciences, for example. Effective collaboration and exchange of information between these areas is essential in order to meet the ever-increasing demand for valid measurements as the basis for decision making.

The course ‘Theory and Methods of Measurements with Persons’ is intended for senior scientists with an interest in understanding and measuring human perceptual responses and behaviours. It will be held in Genova, Italy, in June 2008, organised as a part of an European coordination action, MINET: Measuring the Impossible Network.

In the first part, generic theoretical and methodological issues will be explored, including the conceptual basis of measurement and the approach to experimentation in the various fields involved, the development of formal, representational and probabilistic, theories, and theories and methods for multidimensional problems. In the second part of the course, several application areas will be presented, including sound, visual, touch and smell perception, brain imaging, body language and emotions, and, finally, the use of measurements in decision making.




For full details of the course, incuding an application form, please visit:


Palazzo del Principe

Palazzo del Principe

Announcement First Workshop of Measuring the Impossible Network – MINET

July 17, 2007

1st Workshop, Portorož, Slovenia, 26. September 2007


Measuring the Impossible: what can metrologists and psychophysicists learn from each other?


This workshop will be organized within the framework of the Measuring the Impossible Network – MINET (a 6th EU framework program for scientific and technological research).
The aim is a more insightful and wider understanding of “hard’ (i.e. classical chemical and physical measurements) and ‘soft’ measurements (i.e. measurements mediated by human perception and interpretation). We hope to achieve this by lectures from renowned speakers, combined with a presentation of selected projects within the Measuring the Impossible program, followed by a general discussion.


Morning Program

  • Prof Ludwik Finkelstein, Concepts of Measurability, City University London, UK
  • Prof Janko Drnovšek, Elements of metrological systems, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Prof Birgitta Berglund, Measuring Methods in Psychophysics in Practice, Stockholm University & Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
  • Afternoon Program

  • Representatives of three or four projects of Measuring the Impossible
  • General Discussion
  • Targeted audience

    All participants of projects, which are granted within the framework of the EU New and Emerging Science and Technology program “Measuring the Impossible”, are cordially invited to attend this workshop.

    Date and venue:

    September 26, 2007 in Portoroz, Slovenia.

    Related events:

    On 24-26 September there will be the 16th international Electrotechnical and Computer Science conference in Portoroz, with a special session on Measuring the Impossible on September 25. See for more details.
    On September 27 there will be a think tank event within the MINET program. More details will follow later.


    Please send an email to
    The registration is free. Registration deadline is Wednesday, 19. September 2007.


    Dr. G.W.A.M. van der Heijden
    Dr. G. Gersak, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
    Prof. J. Drnovšek, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
    R. Montgomery, NPL, UK
    R. Sefelin, CURE, Austria
    Dr. A Cancedda, Laboratorio di Scienze della Cittadinanza, Italy
    Local organiser: Dr G. Gersak


    Measuring the Impossible Network project aims to achieve a long-term integration and advancement of interdisciplinary research and novel investigative methods in Europe. The measurement of multidimensional phenomena mediated by human interpretation and/or perception for measuring properties such as comfort, naturalness, perceived quality, feelings, body language and consciousness is to be advanced.

    I can’t believe it’s not leather either

    December 1, 2006

    The New Scientist has an article about MONAT, the European project to determine what characteristics are most important to how realistic a fake material seems. The full article is here.

    Measuring the virtual

    September 16, 2006

    According to this article in Nature some social rules (such as personal space) map over into artificial realities, hence virtual worlds (in this case Second Life) will offer a new platform for doing experiments.

    Here is the original paper on which the Nature article was based. And here is a blog with some comments questioning the researchers’ interpretations. Here is another blog with commentary.

    The MONAT project

    September 1, 2006

    MONAT is a multidisciplinary research programme to advance the state of the art in the measurement of naturalness and to provide a firm grounding for future work in other perceptual parameters such as quality and comfort.

    The MINET network will help to disseminate information about the project to researchers in all relevanet disciplines and to industrialists with relevant applications.

    Welcome to MINET

    August 31, 2006

    MINET is a new network to support the interdisciplinary transfer of knowledge on the science of measuring complex, holistic qualities and quantities across all relevant areas.

    This blog serves to disseminate information from related projects, such as MONAT as widely as possible and to keep partners and collaborators updated on the latest events and news.