The workshop will provide a forum for the Animal Computer Interaction (ACI) community to review and evaluate the current ACI research landscape and to identify and address themes that continue to emerge as this research field grows. We will examine the research from a multidisciplinary view and consider  social, ethical challenges as well as various design applications.

The workshop aims to:

  • Connect current ACI practitioners, from the UK and beyond, as well as those perhaps new to, but interested in the area.
  • Provide a platform for ACI research to further develop as research community, foster potential collaborations and allow practitioners to be aware of current and potential future research topics.
  • Identify challenges and opportunities for on-going ACI research.
  • Create a dialogue of what constitutes "good" design for non-human users of digital technology

We welcome submissions from a variety of disciplines, including but not limited to, ethology, animal biology, veterinary research, farming technology, animal behavior, human computer interaction, social computing. We invite type types of submission: (i) 2-4 page position papers in CHI ACM Extended Abstract Format. Submission of both completed and in-progress work is encouraged (ii) additionally, we welcome 1 paragraph 'expression of interests' from researchers that have not yet conducted ACI work but are interested in integrating ACI applications, principles, or methodologies into their own research area.

Accepted papers will be presented during the workshop and published on the workshop website, and each paper author will present their work during the first portion of the workshop. The rest of the workshop will consist of design exercises and discussion, with a focus on post-workshop take-aways having identified specific emergent domains and forthcoming challenges,with a potential for publication in another venue.

Please email submissions, or questions, to both the primary organizers, Charlotte and Ilyena (charlotte.robinson@open.ac.uk and ihirskyj-douglas@uclan.ac.uk) by 31st May 2015. We expect to announce decision regarding submission on 15th June, 2015. At least one author of each accepted position paper must attend the workshop.