ACI2019 Conference Program

The technical program and event schedule for ACI2019 is shown below.

Invited Speakers: 

Dr. Asaf Dagan. The CMO and co-founder of PetPace, an Israeli start-up that developed a first-of-its-kind smart pet collar for remote health monitoring. 
Dr. Dagan is a veterinarian, specializing in Canine and Feline medicine. He graduated with honors from Tufts University and practiced small animal veterinary medicine in large hospitals in the US and Israel. He also holds a LL.B degree (magna cum laude) from Tel-Aviv University Law School.
Dr. Dagan lives in a Kibbutz (a type of collective community unique to Israel) with his wife and four boys, one old Golden Retriever and three free-spirited cats. 

Dr. Claude Beata. Veterinarian specialist in behavior medicine.(DVM, Dipl ECVBM-CA.); specialist in behavior of companion animals. Head of consulting company (CETACE llc.) for pharmaceutical firms involved in the behavior field as promoter and monitor of scientific trials. Between  February 2016 and September 2018 has served as Associate Research Director at Jagger & Lewis developing pet wearables.  Teaches in private and public continuing educational programs in pets behavior and participates at numerous national and international conferences. Vice-President of biggest national continuing education association (AFVAC),Past President of GECAF(AFVAC) and ZOOPSY. his main task about education is to be the Coordinator of the University Diploma in Veterinary Psychiatry organized by University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (Faculty of Medicine), VetAGro-Sup Veterinarian Campus (Vet School of Lyon) and Zoopsy (behaviourist veterinarian association).


Tuesday (Nov 12)

Wednesday (Nov 13)

Thursday (Nov 14)

08:00 - 08:30




08:30 - 09:00

Opening Remark Session

09:00 - 10:00

Workshop Program

Animals and the (Playable) City​



Biometrics and the Digital Patient - How wearable technology is revolutionizing veterinary medicine

Assaf Dagan (Petpace)



Technology : Chances and Threats for Animal health and Welfare

Claude Beata (European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine)

10:00 - 10:30

Coffee break - Tools, Demos & Posters

Coffee break - Tools, Demos & Posters

10:30 - 11:00

An IoT and Analytics Platform for Characterizing Adolescent Dogs’ Suitability for Guide Work
Zach Cleghern, Evan Williams, Sean Mealin, Timothy, Holder, Marc Foster, Alpher Bozkurt, David L. Roberts (North Carolina State University, Raleigh, United States)

Predicting Guide Dog Temperament Evaluation Outcomes Using Raw ECG Signals
Sean Mealin, Zach Cleghern, Marc Foster, Alper Bozkurt, David L. Roberts (North Carolina State University, Raleigh, United States)

POSTER PRESENTATION: Preliminary Evaluation of Dog-Drone Technological Interfaces: Challenges and Opportunities
Marc Foster, Tarik Agcayazi, Talha Agcayazi, Tianfu Wu, Margaret Gruen, David L. Roberts, Alper Bozkurt (North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA)

Exploration of Technology Requirements for the Assistance Canine Training Industry (Skype presentation)
Jai Farrell, Chris McCarthy, Caslon Chua (Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia)

INVITED TALK: Dogs can understand haptic communication

Ilana Nisky, Yoav Golan (Ben Gurion University, Israel)

Animal-Centred Sonic Interaction Design: Musical Instruments and Interfaces for Grey Parrots
Reinhard Gupfinger, Martin Kaltenbrunner (University of Art and Design, Linz, Austria)

Towards Rehabilitation Smart Habitats: Designing for North American Opossum Joeys
Cassie Kresnye, Patrick C. Shih (Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana, United States)

Barks & Rec: A Community-based Approach to Increasing Dog Physical Activity
Cassie Kresnye, Patrick C. Shih, (Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana, United States) , Lauren Trester (Xavier University, Ohio, United States), Alec A. Theisz (Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana, United States)

POSTER PRESENTATION: AffectiveNemo: Promoting Owner-Fish Interaction by Displaying Observed Fish Emotion with Speech Bubble
Naohiro Isokawa, Tadashi Okoshi, Jin Nakazawa (Keio University, Fujisawa, Japan)

11:00 - 12:30

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch / SC Meeting



14:00 - 16:00

Workshop Program

Animals and the (Playable) City​


"Some might freak out" - What if your dog's activity tracker were to have a data breach?

Dirk van der Linden, Emma Williams (University of Bristol, UK), Irit Hadar, Anna Zamansky (University of Haifa, Israel)

The not so secret life of pets: pet owners' privacy concerns for pet location data
Dirk van der Linden, Brittany I. Davidson (University of Bristol, UK), Anna Zamansky (University of Haifa, Israel)

Does my dog really need a gadget? - What can we learn from pet owners' amotivations for using pet wearables?
Kopo M. Ramokapane, Dirk van der Linden (University of Bristol, UK), Anna Zamansky (University of Haifa, Israel)

INVITED TALK: The dog-human bond through the lens of technology

Stephane Bleuer (University of Haifa, Israel)

Opportunities for ACI in PLF: Applying Animal- and User-Centred Design to Precision Livestock Farming
Ayoola Makinde, Muhammad M. Islam, Stacey D. Scott (University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada)

INVITED TALK: Current trends and perspective of precision livestock farming (PLF)  with relation to IoT and data science tools

Ilan Halachmi (Agricultural Research Ogranization, Volcani Center)

INVITED TALK: Sensor base cooling reduced heat stress in dairy cows

Harel Levit, (Agricultural Research Ogranization, Volcani Center)

INVITED TALK: Novel sustainable technologies for the poultry industry aimed at welfare and flock animal behavior issues
Ziv Dubinsky (Metabolic Robots)

16:00 - 16:30

Coffee break - Tools, Demos & Posters

Coffee break - Tools, Demos & Posters

16:30 - 18:30


INVITED TALK: Automatic Tools for evaluating sleep as a measure of animal welfare
Ivana Schork, Salford University, Manchester, UK

Automated Tail Position Tracking with Millimeter Accuracy using Depth Sensing and Mask R-CNN
David L. Roberts, Jeremy Park, Margeret Gruen, Megan Carson (North Carolina State University, Raleigh, United States)

Designing for wearability: an animal-centred framework
Patrizia Paci, Clara Mancini, Blaine A. Price (The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK)

Dog Driven Robot: Assessing Spatial Reasoning Ability in Dogs
Courtney Allen, Melissa Baltrusaitis, Vi Nguyen, Christopher Saad, Jacob Logas, Larry Freil, Ceara A. Byrne, Melody M. Jackson (Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, United States)


Method for Evaluating Animal Usability (MEAU)
Luisa F. Ruge, Clara Mancini (The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom)

INVITED TALK: Technology needs of behavioral veterinarians
Sylvia Masson (Private Veterinary Practice, Voreppe, France)

P for Politics D for Dialogue: Reflections on Participatory Design with Children and Animals
Yoram Chisik (Independent, Haifa, Israel), Clara Mancini (The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom)


Welcome reception

Conference dinner

Closing remarks