Events

4th International Conference on Animal Computer Interaction
  • Dates: 21-23 November 2016
  • Place: Milton Keynes (United Kingdom)
  • CFP: 30 June 2017
  • Websitehttp://www.aci2017.org/
  • Theme:
    This year, the conference theme is improving relations. Contributions that focus on the improvement of human-animal relations or relations between other animals are particularly welcome.

    This may concern, for example, theories, methods or applications that have the potential to better support interspecies communication; to improve humans’ understanding of other animals, their characteristics and needs; to enable humans to take better care of other animals; to reduce interspecies conflicts and the impact of human activity on animals; to better supports animals in activities they do for humans; to help humans take better care of animals; to foster the development of ecologically and ethically more sustainable forms of interspecies interaction and cohabitation.

3rd International Conference on Animal Computer Interaction
  • Dates: 16-17 November 2016
  • Place: Milton Keynes (United Kingdom)
  • CFP: 19 June 2016
  • Website: http://www.aci2016.org/
  • Theme:

    Building on a series of ACI events (Special Interest Group meeting at CHI2012, workshops at NordiCHI2014 and BHCI2015, congress at ACE2014 and ACE2015) to advance this area of research and practice, and to support the emergence of ACI as an academic discipline, ACI2016 will be held for the first time as an independent conference and will take place at The Open University (OU), which is home to the OU’s Animal-Computer Interaction Lab.

    Contributions are welcome originating from any discipline related to ACI, and describing work within diverse contexts. Submissions could be in the form of long and short papers, workshop proposals, doctoral consortium abstracs, video posters and demos. For a list of topics of interest see  http://www.aci2016.org/call_for_contributions.php

Where HCI meets ACI
  • Dates: 23-27 October 2016
  • Place: Gothenburg (Sweden)
  • Hosting conference: NordiCHI 2016
  • CFP: 25 August 2016
  • Websitehttps://hcimeetsaciblog.wordpress.com
  • Theme:

    This one day workshop aims to examine the interactions and the space between HCI (Human Computer Interaction) and ACI (Animal Computer Interaction) focusing on the transferability of methods and ideas between the fields. The workshop has two main aims:

    1) Strengthen connected thinking whilst highlighting the exchangeable connecting methods from both ACI and HCI and there subfields such as Child Computer Interaction (CCI) and Human Robot Interaction (HRI).

    2) Discussing what these fields learn from each other with their similarities and differences being mapped.

    This workshop will help connect researchers from different fields together. As a result this workshop will expand beyond ACI into analysis of methodology practice and application, into animal specific design and into the summary of joint knowledge. By creating bridges between these subject fields this can only reinforce and progress both HCI and ACI.

Of kittens and kiddies: Reflections on participatory design with small animals and small humans
  • Dates: 16 August 2016
  • Place: Aarhus (Denmark)
  • Hosting conference: Participatory Design Conference
  • CFP: 1 July 2016
  • Website: https://kittensandkids.wordpress.com/
  • Theme:
    The workshop has the following main goals: 1) To build a community of researchers engaged in ACI, Child Computer Interaction (CCI) or both, who are interested in comparing the two domains. 2) To share experiences of designing for and with animals and children, and identify similarities and differences in the process, with a focus on related challenges, so that individual insights can benefit the community’s reflection on participatory design as a whole. 3) To identify opportunities, and develop an agenda, for further research and interdisciplinary collaborations. 4) To share the reflections of the workshop participants with the wider community, via the publication of a journal article or a journal special issue.
ACI symposium @ Measuring Behavior conference
  • Dates: 25-27 May 2016
  • Place: Dublin (Ireland)
  • Hosting conference: Measuring Behavior
  • Website: http://www.measuringbehavior.org/mb2016/animal-computer-interaction-aci
  • Theme:

    In recent years we see growing interest of human-computer interaction (HCI) researchers in the use of digital technology to improve animal welfare and to support human-animal interaction (computer-mediated human-animal interaction). Papers on these topics appeared in the main Computer-Human Interaction (CHI) conferences and in the first and second Animal-Computer Interaction conferences (November 2014, Funchal, Madeira, and November 2015, Iskandar, Malaysia).

    The aims of this Symposium are twofold. Firstly we want to introduce the topic animal-computer interaction in the Measuring Behavior community with the assumption that there can be fruitful interaction between these two communities. Secondly, we aim at contributions that address methodological questions. How to conduct user-centred design in animal-computer interaction or in computer-mediated human-animal interaction? Which methodologies from HCI can be adapted to ACI? Clearly, in this emerging field of research case studies can help to give answers to these questions and they are welcomed as well.

HCI goes to the Zoo
  • Dates: Saturday 7 May 2016
  • Place: San Jose (USA)
  • Hosting conference: CHI
  • Website: http://www.zootech.info/chi16-workshop
  • Theme:

    Zoos and other conservation organizations are increasingly exploring the application of interactive technologies to transform attitudes, behaviors and public policy related to conservation and sustainability; to support animal welfare and enrichment; and to provide novel experiences for visitors.Despite this, HCI research in this context has been limited. Early work has highlighted the challenge of designing systems that do not detract from the existing aims of the zoo experience. While zoos are similar to other informal learning institutions such as museums, the setting of the zoo as an outdoor, naturalistic space, the presence of animals and their relationship with human visitors, the forms of social interaction and patterns of technology use amongst groups of zoo visitors differentiate this context substantially necessitating this workshop to draw together inter-disciplinary experts to advance this field of work.

    Consequently we invite HCI researchers, animal welfare and behavioral scientists and Zoo industry professionals to attend a 1 day workshop at CHI 2016 on the topic of Technology in the Zoo. Through this workshop, we aim to bring together those investigating the design of technology for zoos and wildlife-based experiences. Through discussing and interrogating real case-studies of technology in zoo, this workshop will clearly identify and disseminate the key challenges and questions that a program of HCI research can answer.

    Participants will be invited join in an optional group tour of San Francisco Zoo on Friday 6 May, the day before the workshop. The trip will provide opportunities to discus and explore how technology is being integrated into the Zoo’s programs and activities.

2nd International Conference on Animal Computer Interaction
  • Dates: 16 November 2015
  • Place: Iskandar (Malaysia)
  • Hosting conference: ACE
  • Website: http://animalcomputerinteraction.org/
  • Proceedings: http://www.ace2015.info/papers
  • Theme:

    While traditionally animal technology has been the concern of other disciplines, more recently the Human Computer Interaction (HCI) community has begun to take an interest in computer interactions involving animals. We aim to improve the understanding of the interaction between animals and humans, and making space for other species than the latter. In all, the conference will provide a forum for research which invents and investigates how animals could be more extensively part of the 21st century age of internet, games and enabling technologies. We join emerging researchers in an area that promises to be fun, useful, vibrant and very surprising.

ACI@BHCI
  • Dates: 13 July 2015
  • Place: Lincoln (UK)
  • Hosting conference: BHCI
  • Website: https://sites.google.com/site/acibhci2015/home
  • Theme:

    Increasingly, we see technology being developed for use with animals. Such technology may be intended to monitor individual or groups of animals, facilitate communication and relationships between the animal and humans, or allow working animals to better accomplish tasks. This workshop seeks to explore our responsibilities as HCI designers to understand the unique requirements for this technology, and to provide a platform for the emerging animal-computer interaction (ACI) community, drawn from the UK and beyond, to investigate this digital design space.

    At the workshop, participants will conduct design challenges inspired by emergent HCI methods including design fiction, and speculative and adversarial design, during which we will seek to develop interfaces that can be provocative, thought-provoking, futuristic or even deliberately outlandish (such as the “bad designs” that emerge from hacks such as this). These designs will provide the platform to discuss different dimensions of how design can succeed or fail, and for whom (animal vs human). For example, might animal behaviourists, veterinarians, and other animal experts think a design is not successful for animal users, whilst user interaction principals would deem it a “success”?

1st International Conference on Animal Computer Interaction
  • Dates: 11 November 2014
  • Place: Madeira (Portugal)
  • Hosting conference: ACE
  • Website: http://animal.mixedrealitylab.org/
  • Theme:

    So far, mainly humans have benefited from internet communications. Our aim is to establish a new forum for research which invent and investigate how animals could be more extensively part of the 21st century age of internet, games and enabling technologies.In all, the animal human computer interaction conference intends to join emerging researchers in an area that promises to be fun, useful, vibrant and very surprising.

ACI workshop at NordiCHI
  • Dates: 27 October 2014
  • Place: Helsinki (Finland)
  • Hosting conference: NordiCHI
  • Website: http://www.open.ac.uk/blogs/ACI/?page_id=574
  • Theme:

    While traditionally animal technology has been the concern of other disciplines, more recently the HCI community has begun to take a keen interest in computer interactions involving animals, particularly in the context of human-animal interactions, concomitantly with a growing market of various types of digital technologies aimed at animals and their humans.

    An increasing body of work originating from within the HCI community is shaping the emerging discipline of Animal-Computer Interaction (ACI), aiming to: study the interaction between animals, technology and humans in naturalistic settings; develop user-centered technology that supports animals and interspecies relationships; inform user-centered approaches to the design of technology intended for animals.

    The ACI’14 workshop aims to bring together researchers who have worked or are interested in ACI, from within HCI or other relevant disciplines. Through a range of collaborative activities (including short presentations, group design exercises and plenary discussions) the workshop will explore issues relevant to ACI.

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