Animal-Computer Interaction: Animal-Centred, Participatory, and Playful Design

Patricia Pons, Ilyena Hirskyj-Douglas, Antinus Nijholt, Adrian D. Cheok

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    In recent years there has been growing interest in developing technology to improve animal's wellbeing and to support the interaction of animals within the digital world. The field of Animal-Computer Interaction (ACI) considers animals as the end-users of the technology being developed, orienting this process by the needs and characteristics of its non-human stakeholders. Although animals have interacted with technology long before the emergence of the ACI field, usually their behaviors were typically anthropomorphized with their needs not being fully understood. Instead, ACI research adopts an animal-centred approach and aims to understand technologically mediated interaction of animals from their perspective. In this way, the technology and systems being developed could be adapted properly towards the non-human animal user. This is similar to what Human Computer Interaction (HCI) has done with human-being users.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationProceedings of Measuring Behavior 2016, 10th International Conference on Methods and Techniques in Behavioral Research
    EditorsAndrew Spink, Gernot Riedel, Liting Zhou, Lisanne Teekens, Rami Albatal, Cathal Gurrin
    Place of PublicationDublin
    PublisherDublin City University
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Print)978-1-873769-59-1
    Publication statusPublished - May 2016
    EventMeasuring Behaviour 2016: 10th International Conference on Methods and Techniques in Behavioral Research - Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland
    Duration: 25 May 201627 May 2016
    Conference number: 10

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    PublisherDublin City University


    ConferenceMeasuring Behaviour 2016
    Internet address


    • EWI-26898
    • Participatory Design
    • METIS-319434
    • Animal-Computer Interaction
    • IR-102588
    • Playful

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