ACI International Conference

Welcome to the home of the International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction

ACI2020, the Conference's seventh edition, takes place 10-12 November 2020, in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom. As with previous editions, ACI2020 is in co-operation with ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) and SIGCHI (Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction).
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The Conference's story
In 2012, a group of researchers gathered at the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems to talk, for the first time, about a field that was only just beginning to emerge: Animal-Computer Interaction. Being members of a community with decades of expertise in the design of interactive systems, and acknowledging animals’ century-long entanglements with interactive technology, they saw the importance of extending the boundaries of interaction design to include animal users and participants. Since that first meeting, a growing number of researchers have worked keenly to develop ACI as a field of research and practice, and as a discipline, through projects, workshops, symposia, publications and ongoing dialogue, eventually leading to the establishment of the International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction series, in co-operation with the ACM SIGCHI.

Started in 2014 as a one-day event affiliated to the ACE conference, since 2016 the ACI Conference has become a three-day independent yearly event, gathering a growing number of participants and contributors from diverse backgrounds. We warmly invite you to join us to help us break new ground and make a difference in this challenging, exciting and innovative field.

The Confernce's aim
Firmly set in the multidisciplinary milieu of the interaction design tradition, ACI’s roots are grounded in the theoretical, methodological and ethical foundations and values that have informed interaction design over the decades. ACI is growing out of this fertile ground to advance the art and science of designing animal-centered interactive systems fit for a participatory multispecies society. On the one hand, informed by interaction design approaches and frameworks, ACI research and practice aim to improve animal wellbeing, support animals’ activities and foster human-animal relations, thus contributing to the development of more inclusive societies and sustainable forms of technologically supported living. On the other hand, by accounting for multispecies actors as legitimate stakeholders and contributors in the design process, the perspective of this emerging discipline on the study and design of technological interactions has the potential to expand and strengthen interaction design theoretically, methodologically and practically.

Addressing the theoretical, methodological and ethical challenges encountered in the pursuit of animal-centered design requires the close collaboration between interaction designers and animal behavior, cognition and welfare researchers and practitioners, making ACI a fundamentally interdisciplinary field. Hence, the aim of the ACI Conference is to provide a venue and a regular opportunity for the multidisciplinary cross-fertilisation that is essential to addressing the challenges faced by ACI as a discipline.