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Fifth International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction
4-6 December 2018, Atlanta, Georgia, USA 

This edition of the conference was hosted by the Georgia Institute of Technology, in co-operation with ACM (Association for Computing Machinery). The conference proceedings are published in the ACM Digital Library.

Organising Committee 
General Chair:

  - Melody Moore Jackson
Program Chair:

  - Clara Mancini
Videoposter and Demo Chair:

  - Juan Haladjian
Doctoral Consortium Chair:

  - Heli Väätäjä
Workshop Chair:

  - Anna Zamansky

Proceedings Chair:

  - Yoram Chisik
Publicity Chair:

  - Dirk van der Linden


Program Committee

  • Joelle Alcaidinho

  • Sofya Baskin

  • Stephane Bleuer-Elsner

  • Yoram Chisik

  • Ashley Colley

  • Juan Haladjian

  • Carol Hall

  • Javier Jaen

  • Oskar Juhlin

  • Martin Kaltenbrunner

  • Ben Kirman

  • Eleonora Nannoni

  • Elena Neprintseva

  • Steve North

  • Dirk van der Linden

  • Clara Mancini

  • Ann Morrison

  • Melody Moore Jackson

  • Naohisa Ohta

  • Katriina Tiira, Heli Väätäjä

  • Anna Zamansky

  • Clint Zeagler


Conference Theme
This year's theme was connectedness and wellbeing. Contributions that focussed on the improvement of human-animal relations or relations between other animals were particularly welcome, including, for example, 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, an international panel, and affiliated workshops.


Opening Keynote: Denise Herzing, The Wild Dolphin Project
*Dolphins and Computers: Rethinking Species-Specific Interfaces for Communication Studies
Closing Keynote: Con Slobodchikoff, Dog Star Technologies
*Decoding animal languages with computers and AI



Ethics and Welfare in Animal-Computer Interaction

Moderator: Clara Mancini


Denise Herzing, The Wild Dolphin Project

Con Slobodchikoff, The Animal Language Institute

Mark Spivak, Dog Star Technologies

Lynn Yakubinis, Zoo Atlanta



W1 - Designing for Animals: Defining “Participation” in Animal-Computer Interaction.

W2 - SoundJam: Acoustic Design For Auditory Enrichment


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

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