Fifth International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction

December 4-6, 2018

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Call for contributions

ACI is a highly multidisciplinary field and we are keen to be as inclusive as possible with regards to the focus, scope and type of contributions, in order to promote a constructive dialogue around animal-centred research and design in computing-enabled systems, and to foster the development of ACI as a discipline.

To this effect, we welcome a wide range of submissions. For example, submissions might include experimental papers presenting quantitative or qualitative findings, or essays examining relevant issues; they might report on large-scale or small-scale studies, or they might review and reframe relevant work and discourses; they might propose or critique pertinent designs, methodologies or theories.

This year, the conference theme is connectedness and well-being. While we invite any ACI-related contributions from any relevant disciplines, we particularly welcome contributions that focus on the improvement of human-animal relations or relations between other animals. 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 foster the development of ecologically and ethically more sustainable forms of interspecies interaction and cohabitation.

We specifically invite the submission of:

Overall, contributions may relate to any of the following areas:

    • Design for example, interaction modalities that may need to be developed in order to make technology accessible to other animals; novel designs for users with different sensorial apparatuses, cognitive capabilities, and ergonomic characteristics; multisensory interfaces and alternative interactional paradigms appropriate for ACI; design solutions developed within ACI applications that could inform design within interaction design or animal studies
    • Methodology: for example, methodological frameworks enabling animals to actively participate in the design process as legitimate stakeholders, contributors and users; multidisciplinary methodologies that can be called upon when designing with animals or investigating how technology affects them and their interactions with humans; methodologies that can be derived from other disciplines; more-than-human approaches developed within ACI that could contribute to other disciplines
    • Theory: for example, main challenges that ACI researchers may encounter in conceptualizing the interaction between humans, animals and technology; ways of interpreting the outcomes of applied studies, concrete designs and research practices to articulate such interactions; existing theoretical frameworks from other disciplines, that ACI theories can draw from or contribute to
    • Ethics: for example, legitimate technological applications for ACI; implications of ACI’s animal-centered perspective for conducting research that involves animal participants; ethical frameworks that may or may not be suitable to support the development of ACI; relation between ethics and methodology in ACI; potential influence of ACI ethics on ethical aspects of HCI research
    • Applications: for example, ACI applications relating to animal studies or husbandry, or practices involving animals in a range of contexts; applications that mediate the interaction between humans and other animals, or interactions among other animals; animal technologies that do or do not constitute good examples of or models for ACI.

Each submission will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Contribution to the field. The submission should make a novel and significant contribution to the field of ACI, proportionate to the category of submission (e.g. full papers should make a more substantial contribution compared to extended abstracts associated with video-posters).
  • Quality of the submission. The submission should be of high quality, both with regards to its content (e.g., the work presented should be well motivated in relation to existing issues and related work; approaches and methodologies should be appropriately chosen and rigorously implemented; the significance of research findings should be properly discussed; arguments should be carefully constructed and claims adequately supported) and with regards to its presentation (e.g., the submission’s structure should be appropriate to the type of contribution; the work should be described clearly; the use of language should be correct; terminology should be accessible to non-specialists or any specialist terminology should be explained).
  • Transparency of the approach. The submission should clearly express how the process of thinking about and conducting the presented work relates to ACI’s animal-centred perspective. This includes design, methodological and ethical considerations. In particular, each submission should include an explanation of how animals have been involved or represented, or their role and perspective have been accounted for, in the work and, if applicable, what ethical perspective or frameworks have been applied.