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Sixth International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction
12-14 November 2019, Haifa, Israel

This edition of the conference was hosted by the University of Haifa, in co-operation with ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) and with the participation of Haifa Educational Zoo. The event was sponsored by The Herta & Paul Amir Faculty of Social Science and by Caesarea Rothschild Institute for Interdisciplinary Applications of Computer Science. The conference proceedings are published in the ACM Digital Library.

Organising Committee
General Chairs: 
  - Anna Zamansky (University of Haifa, Israel)
  - Dirk van der Linden (Lancaster University, UK)
Program Chairs:
  - Juan Haladjian (Technical University of Munich, Germany)
  - Patrick Shih (Indiana University, USA)
Videoposters & Demos Chair:
  - Javier Jaen (Polytechnic University Valencia, Spain)
Workshops Chair:
  - Joelle Alcaidinho (Intel Labs, USA)
Publicity Chair:
  - Clint Zeagler (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
Proceedings Chair:
  - Yoram Chisik (Independent Scholar, Haifa, Israel)

Program Committee

  • Joelle Alcaidinho (Intel Labs, USA)

  • Sofya Baskin (University of Haifa, Israel)

  • Yoram Chisik (Independent Scholar, Haifa, Israel)

  • Ashley Colley (University of Lapland, Finland)

  • Andrew French (University of Nottingham, UK)

  • Juan Haladjian (Technical University of Munich, Germany)

  • Javier Jaen (Polytechnic University Valencia, Spain)

  • Melody Moore Jackson (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)

  • Joel Lanir (University of Haifa, Israel)

  • Dirk van der Linden (Lancaster University, UK)

  • Clara Mancini (The Open University, UK)

  • Ann Morrison (University of Southern Queensland, Australia)

  • Eleonora Nannoni (University of Bologna, Italy)

  • Elena Nepristeva (Moscow Zoo, Russia)

  • Steve North (University of Exeter, UK)

  • David Roberts (North Carolina State University, USA)

  • Amanda Roshier (University of Nottingham, UK)

  • Patrick Shih (Indiana University, USA)

  • Thad Starner (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)

  • Katrina Tiira (University of Helsinki and SmartDOG Ltd, Finland)

  • Heli Väätäjä (Tampere University of Technology)

  • Hanna Wirman (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China)

  • Anna Zamansky (University of Haifa, Israel)

  • Clint Zeagler (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)

Conference Theme
This year's conference theme was Common Denominator, which implicitly referred to multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary methods, theories, designs, ethics, or practices that could translate between or transfer across species to aid multispecies or interspecies communication, participation, interaction, and cooperation with or through computing systems, during the design process or following deployment. Although specifically focussed, the theme was very broad in the connections that could be made from multiple angles, in order to encourage engagement with and contributions to the conference from a wide range of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.


Photos of the event can be found here.



The conference program comprised keynote and invited presentations from international speakers, paper and videoposter presentations and an affiliated workshop.

Opening Keynote: Assaf Dagan, Petpace
Biometrics and the Digital Patient - How wearable technology is revolutionizing veterinary medicine
Closing Keynote: Claude Beata, European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine
Technology: Chances and Threats for Animal Health and Welfare


Invited Talks
Ilana Nisky and Yoav Golan, Ben Gurion University, Israel
Dogs can understand haptic communication
Stephane Bleuer, University of Haifa, Israel
The dog-human bond through the lens of technology
Ivana Schork, Salford University, Manchester, UK
Automatic Tools for evaluating sleep as a measure of animal welfare
Ilan Halachmi (Agricultural Research Organization, Volcani Center)
Current trends and perspective of precision livestock farming (PLF) with relation to IoT and data science tools 
Harel Levit, Agricultural Research Organization, Volcani Center|
Sensor base cooling reduced heat stress in dairy cows
Ziv Dubinsky, Metabolic Robots
Novel sustainable technologies for the poultry industry aimed at welfare and flock animal behavior issues
Sylvia Masson, Private Veterinary Practice, Voreppe, France
Technology needs of behavioral veterinarians


Animals and the (Playable) City: a Critical Perspective

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