Dr. Oren Forkosh studies computational positive psychology in animals. In his lab, he develops tools (both theoretical and experimental) to automatically analyze complex behaviours, personality, group structure, communication, and social learning, as well as happiness and welfare. In other words, he builds sensors that can be put on an animal and use machine learning in order to understand what is going on inside its head.
Oren did his undergraduate at the Hebrew University in Physics and Math as part of the Talpiot program, and later moved on to the Computer Science department of the Weizmann Institute for his masters (with Prof. Ronen Basri), working on machine learning and image processing. He continued at the Weizmann Institute for his PhD in neuroscience and focused on social behaviour (with Prof. Elad Schneidman). Later, he did his postdoc at the Max-Planck Institute for Ornithology (Prof. Iain Couzin) and the Max-Planck Institute for Psychiatry (Prof. Alon Chen).