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"Clara.Mancini" <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 7 Apr 2017 15:11:30 +0000
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ACI2017: Fourth International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction
21-23 November 2017, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom<>

ACI is the main international conference on Animal-Computer Interaction (ACI), a rapidly growing field that focuses on the interaction between animals and computing-enabled technology.

Animals have been exposed to, and have interacted with, technology for the best part of a century; for example, in conservation studies, behavioural experiments, comparative cognition studies, precision farming and various support roles. But how does technology affect animals in their individual and social lives? How does it enable or disable their natural or learned behaviours? How does it influence their experience? And how does is impact upon their welfare? At the crossroad between interaction design, on the one hand, and animal behavioural and welfare science, on the other, the emerging discipline of ACI focuses on:

  *   Studying and theorizing the interaction between animals and technology in naturalistic settings, with regards to specific animal activities or interspecies relations
  *   Developing user-centered technology that can: improve animalsí welfare; support animals in their activities; foster interspecies relationships
  *   Informing interdisciplinary user-centered approaches that can enable animals to participate in the design process as legitimate stakeholders and contributors.

This year, the conference theme is improving relations<>. 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 humansí 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. We specifically invite the submission of:

  *   long and short papers<>
  *   workshop proposals<>
  *   doctoral consortium ap<>plications<>
  *   video posters and demos<>

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