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Dirk van der Linden <[log in to unmask]>
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*the 8th International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction (ACI2021)
9-11 November, hosted ONLINE by Indiana University Bloomington, USA*
#aci2021 <>

ACI is the main International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction. It
is a highly multidisciplinary event drawing researchers and practitioners
from the most diverse back grounds to share and discuss work and topics
related to the research and design of technology for and with animals.

We are keen to be as inclusive as possible and wish to welcome a wide range
of contributions and participants to the conference, to promote a
constructive dialogue around the animal-centred research and design of
computing-enabled systems, and to foster the development of ACI as a

This year's conference theme is *Finding Normalcy*. The theme acknowledges
the extraordinary times the world has been living since the beginning of
2020 and all the challenges of the difficult circumstances we have
experienced but also the things we have learnt. Submissions might address
topics such as: how to conduct ACI research during a pandemic; the role of
animals as companions and emotional support during social isolation; caring
for animals in animal facilities under restrictions; relocating and
rehabilitating animals during a crisis; or developing more respectful and
empathetic relations with animals for a healthier and more sustainable
multispecies cohabitation. Submissions that relate to this year's
conference theme are especially welcome, but high-quality submissions are
also welcome.


   - Full and short papers <>:
   May 27, 2021 (abstracts May 20)
   - Workshop proposals <>:
   May 27, 2021
   - Videoposters and demos
   <>: August 12,
   - Doctoral consortium
   <>: August 19,


   - *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 sensory 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 other
   - *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 research and
   practice in other disciplines
   - *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.

All submissions will undergo a double blind peer-review and will be
selected based on the quality of their contribution. Each submission will
be reviewed by a minimum of 3 reviewers from program committee members and
external domain experts.

Accepted papers will be published in the ACI2021 Conference Proceedings,
provided that at least one of the authors registers for and attends the
conference to present the paper.

The ACI2021 submission portal will open closer to the submission deadline
and instructions for making submissions will be provided.

*Dr Dirk van der Linden | Lecturer @ NorSC Lab*
Department of Computer and Information Sciences
Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
*web: * /
*twitter:* @dirkvdlinden <>

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