UPCOMING EVENTS

EVAN Toolbox (ET) Training Day

Form and shape analysis for complex geometries

Wednesday, 9th September 2015, 10:00-17:00

(the arrival day of the 5th ESHE Meeting in London)

Neil Chalmers Room, Natural History Museum London, UK

Organised by the EVAN-Society (www.evan-society.org), and
Natural History Museum London (http://www.nhm.ac.uk/)
 

Registration fee: € 35.-

The EVAN Toolbox (ET) is a software package to facilitate form and shape analysis of objects featuring a complex geometry. It uses Geometric Morphometrics (GM) which includes methods such as General Procrustes Analysis, Principal Component Analysis, Thin-Plate Spline Warping or Partial Least Squares Analysis. The software also supports data acquisition, i.e. to locate landmarks and semilandmarks on surfaces and curves. It is available for Windows systems.

The idea behind the EVAN Toolbox is to make your life easier if your task is to analyse 3D shape and form of complexly shaped objects as we find them, for instance, in anthropology, palaeontology, archaeology, and medicine. ET is particularly focused on the advanced visualisation of shape and form comparisons. The application of GM procedures underlying such studies was previously quite demanding in terms of programming and mathematical knowledge. Not every biologist, palaeontologist or medical doctor feels comfortable to code algorithms in programming languages like C++ or R. The EVAN Toolbox is built to allow those users the application of state-of-the-art tools.

Our training day will introduce the basic features of ET (e.g., semilandmarks, GPA, PCA, TPS, PLS) using a sample of human crania. In principle, all objects such as postcranial elements of vertebrates, teeth, soft tissues, shells and other can be analysed in a similar way. Please bring your own laptop to the workshop. We will provide temporary licenses for ET that you can install on every current PC (large memory and fast NVIDIA graphic cards will deliver best results, slow netbooks are not be suitable). The registration fee is € 30.-, all major cards accepted).

To learn a bit about ET in advance, please consult our website at http://www.evan-society.org/node/42 and DOWNLOAD THE MANUALS 1 & 2.

We are looking forward seeing you in London,

Gerhard Weber (Chairman EVAN-Society)

Chris Stringer (Natural History Museum London) & Paul O'Higgins (University of York)

 

 

PAST EVENTS

EVAN Toolbox (ET) Training Day

Form and shape analysis for complex geometries

Wednesday, 17th September 2014, 10:00-17:00

(the arrival day of the ESHE Meeting Firenze)

University of Florence, Laboratory of Anthropology, Via del Proconsolo 12, Firenze, Italy

Organised by the EVAN-Society (www.evan-society.org), and
Università Degli Studi Firenze (http://www.bio.unifi.it)

Gerhard Weber (Chairman EVAN-Society)

Jacopo Moggi-Cecchi (Università di Firenze)

 

 

PAST EVENTS

EVAN Toolbox (ET) Training Day

Form and shape analysis for complex geometries

Wednesday, 9th April 2014, 10:00-18:00

(the arrival day of the 83rd AAPA Meeting Calgary)

Hyatt Regency Calgary, Imperial Ballroom 3,
700 Centre Street SE, Calgary,

Alberta, Canada, T2G 5P6

Organised by the EVAN-Society (www.evan-society.org),
American Association of Physical Anthropologists (http://physanth.org/),
University of Calgary (http://www.ucalgary.ca/)

 

Gerhard Weber (Chairman EVAN-Society)

Susan C. Antón (AAPA) & M. Anne Katzenberg (University of Calgary)

 

PAST EVENTS

EVAN Toolbox (ET) Training Day

Form and shape analysis for complex geometries

Thursday, 20th September 2012, 10:00-18:00

(the arrival day of the 2nd ESHE Meeting)

CNRS - Délégation Régionale Aquitaine-Limousin, Room No. 001,
Esplanade des Arts-et-Métiers (Tramway Station),
F-33402 - TALENCE cedex, France

Organised by the EVAN-Society (www.evan-society.org) and the
Université Bordeaux I (http://www.pacea.u-bordeaux1.fr/)

 

Download Map of the Campus Bordeaux here

Download Map of the Tramway Bordeaux here

Gerhard Weber (Chairman EVAN-Society)

Anne Delagnes (Université Bordeaux) & Bruno Maureille (Université Bordeaux)

 

PAST EVENTS

EVAN Toolbox (ET) Training Day

Form and shape analysis for complex geometries

Wednesday, 11th April 2012, 10:00-18:00

(the arrival day of the 81th AAPA Meeting)

Galleria North, Hilton Hotel, Portland, Oregon, USA

 
Organised by the EVAN-Society (www.evan-society.org) and the
American Association of Physical Anthropologists (http://physanth.org)

Gerhard Weber (Chairman EVAN-Society)

Karen Rosenberg (Vice-President AAPA) & John Lukacs (Professor Anthropology University of Oregon)

 

 

PAST EVENTS 

EVAN Toolbox (ET) Training Day

Form and shape analysis for biological objects

Thursday, 22nd September 2011, 10:00-18:00

(the day before the ESHE Meeting 2011 Leipzig)

Organised by the EVAN-Society (www.evan-society.org) and the
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology Leipzig (http://www.eva.mpg.de/english/index.htm)
Deutscher Platz 6, D-04103 Leipzig, Germany, Main Lecture Hall  

Gerhard Weber (Chairman EVAN-Society)

Jean-Jacques Hublin (MPI EA Leipzig)

 

PAST EVENTS 

EVAN Toolbox (ET) Training Day

Form and shape analysis for biological objects

Thursday, 15th September 2011, 14:00-18:00

(Workshop during the 82th Yearly Meeting of the Paleontological Society)

Organised by the EVAN-Society (www.evan-society.org) and the
Department of Paleontology, University of Vienna, Althanstr. 14, A-1090 Vienna, Austria UZA II
(http://www.univie.ac.at/Palaeontologie/INDEX1_EN.html)

Gerhard Weber (Chairman EVAN-Society)

Doris Nagel (Dept. of Paleontology, Univ. Vienna)

 

PAST EVENTS 

Virtual Anthropology meets Biomechanics

Dept. of Anthropology, University of Vienna, Austria

Thursday, 21th October 2010, 10:00-18:00

Organised by the EVAN-Society (www.evan-society.org)

Gerhard Weber, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Vienna

 

SEE  SUMMARY IN :

Weber GW, Bookstein FL, and Strait DS. in print (2011). Virtual anthropology meets biomechanics.
J Biomech DOI:10.1016/j.jbiomech.2011.02.079.

 

The workshop brought together international researchers from two domains for sustained discussion of methodological issues underlying  the many current applications of biomechanics to virtual representations of fossil hominoids. Our two communities share many tools, including medical imaging hardware, segmentation software, and approaches to the reconstruction of biological objects. Currently there are multiple efforts to adapt Geometric Morphometrics, another VA tool, for these and other shared purposes. GM generally allows the import of statistical ideas into VA - considerations of prior quantitative knowledge and aspects of prior expectations and probabilities for variation of form within and between subsamples. But biomechanical simulations of skulls and other skeletal elements are based on Finite Element Analysis (FEA), a technology linking form with function that is not at present particularly focused on matters of error or variability. On the other hand, the representations that GM uses for form variation do not incorporate finite elements or their parameters and do not articulate easily with FEA formulas, based as they are on material properties and muscle physiology.

The aim of this workshop was to pool experts from the two domains in a room in order to exchange ideas, share notes about successful strategies, discuss open problems, and, in general, explore how each of these technologies might fertilize the other.

We had about 50 experts participating, speakers were : Stefano Benazzi (U Vienna), Fred Bookstein (U Vienna), Michael Fagan (U Hull), Ian Grosse (U Massachusetts), Ottmar Kullmer (Senckenberg Museum), Kornelius Kupczik (Max Planck Leipzig), Paul O'Higgins (U York), Dieter Pahr (TU Vienna), Brian Richmond (GW University), David Strait (U Albany), Gerhard Weber (U Vienna), Stephen Wroe (U South Wales), Ulrich Witzel (U Bochum)

PAST EVENTS 

EVAN Toolbox (ET) Training Day

Form and shape analysis for biological objects

Friday, 22nd October 2010, 10:00-18:00

Organised by the EVAN-Society (www.evan-society.org)

Gerhard Weber, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Vienna, Althanstr. 14, A-1090 Vienna, Austria, Seminar Room Anthropology # 2.001

Teachers:

Paul O'Higgins – University of York

Roger Phillips – University of Hull

Fred Bookstein – University of Vienna

Helgi Gunnarsson – University of Hull

Philipp Gunz – Max Planck Institute Leipzig

Philipp Mitteröcker – University of Vienna

Dennis Slice – The Florida State University