You are standing in an empty area in cyberspace. There is a desk with some documents and a mailbox here.


The desk is an utter mess with random documents and photos strewn about. Must be an academic. You see what looks like a rough attempt at an auto-biography and some research manuscripts.


You take the single sheet of paper and notice things have been struck out and rewritten dozens of time. You can mostly just make out whomever wrote this thinks of themselves as an academic, works in a university somewhere and... likes to complain about the role of technology in modern life?


As you move to pick up the thick stack of manuscripts they disintegrate in your hands and only a selected few remain behind. It seems like some heavy-handed message about the need to focus on quality over quantity. A small note remains behind with the three manuscripts, stating:

"Dirk studies the design, development, and use of technologies for animals. Call it what you want. Animal-computer interaction, anthrozoology but with tech, digital ecologies, I don't mind. Here are some of my* favorite things I work(ed) on. If you want the rest, just look at Google Scholar. Or at a (probably outdated) curated list of publications.

* I don't do everything just by myself, gosh no. I'm a part of the Tech4Animals Lab, a collection of experts on different facets of, well, technology for animals."

You turn to look at the remaining manuscripts and see...

The role of technology in human-dog relationships

Big, long, detailed study disentangling the where-what-why of technology within 'modern' human-dog relationships (and I use modern as a pejorative)... tl;dr: it could be great, but it's going the wrong way.

See the 'real' paper soon in IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society.

Interspecies information systems

I think it's pointless trying to talk just of 'technology' as some decontextualized artifact, so I wrote a bunch on how we should really consider the 'interspecies' information systems that naturally emerge when we use tech4animals.

You can get it free, open access and all in Requirements Engineering!

Buddy's wearable is not your buddy

Did you know there's really cool things out there called "pet wearables" to help us give better care to our non-human companions? And that they're an absolute privacy nightmare? Now you do! There, saved you the hassle of reading an entire paper.

If you must, it's in IEEE Security & Privacy!

Computational animal behavior analysis

Oh! You know what else I work on with our Tech4Animals Lab that's cool and actually useful to the real world too? Applications of Computational animal behavio(u)r analysis. Basically, helping veterinarians, behavioral analysts, dog shelters, and the like ease the burden of knowing what's going on with the dogs they take care of. Automatically.

Blyzer Behavior Analyzer


As your hands move to open the mailbox a small crumpled up note falls out with three lines on it, reading:


Twitter: @dirkvdlinden

LinkedIn: dirkvdl"

Who knows what you might do with this information?