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Fourth International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction
21-23 November 2017, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

This edition of the conference was hosted by The Open University, in co-operation with the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) and in partnership with Minding Animals International. The conference proceedings are published in the ACM Digital Library.

Organising Committee 
General Chair:

  - Clara Mancini
Program Chairs:

  - Anna Zamansky

  - Hanna Wirman
Workshop Chairs:

  - Melody Jackson

  - Mandy Roshier
Doctoral Consortium Chairs:

  - Javier Jaen

  - Oskar Juhlin
Video Posters and Demos Chairs:

  - Steve North

  - Shaun Lawson
Proceedings Chair:

  - Yoram Chisik
Student Volunteer Chair:

  - Joelle Alcaidinho

Program Committee

  • Sofya Baskin

  • Marcus Carter

  • Ashley Colley

  • Andrew French

  • Carol Hall

  • Sam Hurn

  • Ben Kirman

  • Cassim Ladha

  • Joel Lanir

  • Ann Morrison

  • Elena Neprintseva

  • David Roberts

  • Thad Starner

  • Heli Väätäjä

  • Dirk van der Linden

Conference Theme
This year's theme was improving relations. Contributions that focussed on the improvement of human-animal relations or relations between other animals were particularly welcome, including theories, methods, or applications that have the potential to better support interspecies communication; to improve humans’ understanding of other animals, their characteristics and needs; to enable humans to take better care of other animals; to reduce interspecies conflicts and the impact of human activity on animals; to better supports animals in activities they do for humans; to foster the development of ecologically and ethically more sustainable forms of interspecies interaction and cohabitation.

The conference program comprised keynote presentations from internationally renowned speakers, paper presentations, videoposter and demo presentations, doctoral consortium, and affiliated workshops.


Opening Keynote: Anne McBride, University of Southampton, UK
*Thinking Aloud: Animals as Technology, Technology ‘for’ Animals, Technology as Animals and Back Again
Closing Keynote: Ádám Miklósi, Eötvös University Budapest, Hungary
*Ethological approach to animal-machine interaction


W1 - Technology for Bonding in Human-Animal Interaction.
W2 - FarmJam2017: Designing Enrichment for Farm Animals.

The full conference program, including the list of technical presentations, is available here.

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