This blog is managed collectively by six researchers from five different universities. Next to writing content ourselves, we are very interested in inviting other researchers to become part of this initiative by writing guest posts, sharing their thoughts, including their publications, and letting us know how to improve this website. Please get in touch with us, we don’t bite! Either contact one of us directly via the icons below or send an email here.
Inspired by my canine companion (Gino), my work focusses on the possible effects of (digital) interactive gameplay on the psychological state of dogs that are home alone. Within this research I aim at exploring various methods to verify an animal’s affective state by using both traditional methodologies and biometrics. I believe the use of technology has the potential to enable animals to become more (emotionally) independent of human actions.
Ilyena Hirskyj-DouglasPhD Student at the University of Central Lancashire (U.K.)
I am currently undertaking a PhD in ACI, running the research group Animal Computer Interaction Design (ACID) at UCLan. ACID research has so far researched methods to allow dogs to take a primary role in the technology design to create meaningful playful interactions and created a head tracker to allow dogs opinions to be shown through biometrics. This work is centered on creating media that a dog can interact with, in a similar fashion to humans do with keyboards and remotes, to see what a dog likes to watch, if they can choose to watch and interact with a technology media system. To find out more about my work please view my personal website.
Patricia PonsPhD Student at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain)
My PhD is focused on the development of intelligent playful environments which adapt the game to the interactions, body postures and preferences of the animal who is playing. In this way, animals in shelters or zoos, or even pets left alone at home could play by themselves when no humans are around. We are currently studying cats’ behaviors and postures during play, and also the technological artifacts and stimuli they find more interesting. We aim to extend this knowledge to other animal species, such as orangutans and dogs. You can check my personal website here.
Michelle WesterlakenPhD Student at Malmö University (Sweden)
In my PhD in the field of Interaction/Game Design, I am researching how we can use our human capability to design playful artefacts to enrich or improve the life of different animal species. In this, I focus on finding ways to include animals in the design process as co-designers. If you want to know more, visit my personal website.
Anna ZamanskyResearcher at the University of Haifa (Israel)
I am a researcher in Information Systems, interested in all aspects of ACI. I feel technology has a lot to offer to improve animal welfare and establish deeper connections between humans and animals. In our work with Sofya Baskin we use ethological tools for a systematic interpretation of user behavior in interactions of dogs with tablets. For more details on our work, please visit our website.