Our Platforms: Supplying cutting edge technologies for interdisciplinary science

The research of iBehave relies on (i) dense behavioral phenotyping, (ii) large-scale neuronal recordings, and (iii) data management, analysis, and modeling. iBehave will accelerate innovative scientific research by making cutting edge theoretical and practical approaches directly accessible. To achieve this, we will establish platforms aimed at collaborative technology development and dissemination.

At the core of our platform concept lies the idea of Makerspaces’ – conceptual and physical places where people share a ‘tinkering’ approach to data and technology, meet and work on their projects, exchange ideas, and learn from each other. We will establish three such conceptual platforms for (i) Behavior, (ii) Recording, and (iii) Data that are linked by a common physical “Makerspace”. The aim of these platforms (is to translate between mathematicians, technology developers, programmers, and experimentalists.

The platforms will feed into the new physical iBehave makerspace “FabLab Bonn”. Here, we will provide state-of-the-art digital fabrication capabilities (professional 3D printing, laser sheet cutting etc., CAD stations for 3D design and optical engineering), and mechanical and optical design tools, supported by the platform engineers. Advanced electrical engineering tasks with expert support will be performed in the associated and established “FabLab Electronics Cologne”. To promote translation, we will actively support members of the network to take their technology to the public domain. We also actively encourage the use of open-source hard- and software solutions for behavior, recording, and analysis  whenever possible to increase experimental reproducibility and support FAIR sharing of research tools.

iBehave platform concept.

The iBehave “Makerspace Bonn” will provide 24/7 access to low-threshold do-it-yourself fabrication opportunities (3D printers, standard machining), basic mechanics, electronics, and optics workbenches and material and equipment stocks for optical engineering (e.g., optical table equipment, mirrors, lenses), behavioral recording (e.g., cameras, microcontrollers, motion sensors, construction material), and electrophysiology (e.g., high-density electrodes). The goal is to enable scientists to rapidly prototype ideas and develop applications and experimental approaches in a collaborative fashion.


How do we quantify behavior  DISCOVER

How do me measure neuronal activity in behaving organisms DISCOVER

How do we manage our data DISCOVER