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ACI 2018: Connectedness & Well-being

In the fifth year of the annual Animal Computer Interaction Conference, this years program from the outset had a distinctive animal behaviour feel. The conference started with two workshops – one ran by myself, Charlotte Robinson & Patricia Pons on Participation in ACI and one by Fiona French and Valerie Hare et al. who held a … Continue reading ACI 2018: Connectedness & Well-being

To Game Or Not To Game? Gamification in Learning.

Written by Ilyena Hirskyj-Douglas edited from the original written with Fabricio Oliveira & Camilla Groth.   In January I started a teaching course at Aalto which included how to activate students learning within a classroom. This blog posts navigates an introduction into active learning and basic gaming methods, then giving examples of storylines used within … Continue reading To Game Or Not To Game? Gamification in Learning.

How to Build Dog Detection Systems with Arduino

If you love technology and dogs like me, then you’ve probably at some point wondered how to combine the two. With Arduino modules becoming ever more affordable and accessible, this blog post gives an account of using Passive Infrared (PIR), ultrasound and Infrared (IR) range sensors with these microcontrolers to enable technology to detect their … Continue reading How to Build Dog Detection Systems with Arduino

Designing Technology for Dogs

The field of animal-computer interaction (ACI) studies how to create interfaces and methods that allow animals to use technology. This one-day workshop held in ATLAS at The University of Boulder Colorado explored the field of ACI, focusing specifically on dog-computer interaction (DCI) and how to design dog-computer products that address the needs, wants and limitations … Continue reading Designing Technology for Dogs

International Conference on Animal Computer Interaction (ACI) 2016

After 3 years of ACI conferences, this was the first year ACI has branched out forming its own conference supported by ACM. With two workshops over the first day, full and short papers, extended abstracts and posters this year’s ACI2016 conference brought out the experts in the new and upcoming field of animal computing. This … Continue reading International Conference on Animal Computer Interaction (ACI) 2016

ACI at Measuring Behaviour 2016

On the 26th May, 2016, in Dublin, Measuring Behavior hosted a workshop on Animal Computer Interaction (ACI) (previously blogged). The workshop was organised by Myself, Anton Nijholt, Patricia Pons and Adrian D. Cheok. The aims of this Symposium were twofold. Firstly we wanted to introduce the topic animal-computer interaction in the Measuring Behavior community with the assumption … Continue reading ACI at Measuring Behaviour 2016

Finding out about Horse-Computer Interaction

In March earlier this year, Steve North published an article on horse-computer interaction ‘Do Androids dream of electric steeds?: the allure of horse-computer interaction’ as part of his work on HABIT: Horse Automated Behaviour Identification Tool. As someone new to the area of horse-computer interaction, I got in contact with Steve to find out more about … Continue reading Finding out about Horse-Computer Interaction