This training school provided the ESRs with advanced knowledge on analysing data from on-line dynamics of behaviour and longitudinal datasets. In the first part of the training the ESRs covered the topics including dynamical systems approach to behavioural data, recurrence quantification analysis (RQA), and research applications in studying human interactions in developing populations. During this training ESRs acquired theoretical and hands on training on several methods to study behavioural data. In more detail the course covered:

  • Introduction to Time Series analysis by dr. Michael Richardson.
  • Categorical RQA and Categorical Cross-RQA by dr. Rick Dale.
  • Phase Space Reconstruction by dr. Michael Richardson.
  • Continuous Auto and Cross RQA by dr. Michal Richardson.
  • Introduction to Fractal Techniques  by dr. Michael Richardson.
  • Simulating Dynamic Human Behaviour by dr. Anne Warlamount.
  • Contextualising Dynamic Methods in Development by dr. Rick Dale.
  • Face readers - on the automatic detection of facial expressions in children by Dr. Harriet Oster.


Moreover, the ESRs received valuable training in communication skills and how to communicate their work (dr Jan Buitelaar) and also in writing skills and how to effectively describe your work (dr Sven Bölte).


Finally, and at the end of the training week the Project coordinator, PIs and ESRs met the EU project office and the External expert to present the advances done in the project. Each ESR presented the content of their project in 10 minutes presentations. All the EU standards were successfully met.