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Wed, 1 May 2019 11:58:30 -0400
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*Sixth International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction*12-14
November 2019, Haifa, Israel

For ACI2019 <> we invite a wide range of
contributions that have the potential to promote a constructive dialogue
around animal-centered research and design of interactive technology, and
to foster the development of ACI as discipline.

*Conference theme*
This year's conference theme is *Common Denominator*, which implicitly
refers to multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary methods, theories,
designs, ethics or practices that could translate between or transfer
across species to aid multispecies or interspecies communication,
participation, interaction and cooperation with or through computing
systems, during the design process or following deployment. Although
specifically focused, the theme is very broad in the connections that can
be made from multiple angles, in order to encourage engagement with and
contributions to the conference from a wide range of multidisciplinary and
interdisciplinary perspectives. Submissions that relate to this year's
conference theme are especially welcome, but high quality submissions are
welcome regardless.

*Submission tracks *
Contributions can be submitted to any of the following tracks:
Full and short papers <>
deadline 5 July 2019)
Workshop proposals <>
deadline 5 July 2019)
Videoposters and demos
<> (submission
deadline 2 August 2019)
Doctoral consortium tracks
<> (submission
deadline 2 August 2019)

Papers must be submitted as a single PDF file using the template for ACM
SIGCHI Papers and Notes. Papers will be peer reviewed for acceptance and
should be submitted anonymized and in English.

*Contribution areas*
Relevant contribution areas might include:

*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.


As a discipline, broadly speaking, ACI focuses on: 1) Studying and
theorizing the interaction between animals and technology in naturalistic
settings, with regards to specific animal activities or interspecies
relations; 2) Developing user-centered technology that can: improve
animals’ welfare by enabling the fulfillment of their needs; support
animals in tasks humans might ask of them; foster interspecies
relationships; 3) Informing interdisciplinary user-centered approaches that
can enable animals to participate in the design process as legitimate
stakeholders and contributors.

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