ACI 2021

Eighth International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction 9-11 November 2021, hosted ONLINE by Indiana University Bloomington, USA, in-cooperation with ACM SIGCHI.


ACI is the International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction. It is a highly multidisciplinary event drawing researchers and practitioners from the most diverse backgrounds to share and discuss work and topics related to the research and design of computing-enabled and interactive technology for and with animals. We are keen to be as inclusive as possible and wish to welcome a wide range of contributions and participants to the conference, to promote a constructive dialogue around the animal-centered research and design of computing-enabled systems, and to foster the development of ACI as a discipline

This year's conference theme is Finding Normalcy. The theme acknowledges the extraordinary times the world has been living since the beginning of 2020 and all the challenges of the difficult circumstances we have experienced but also the things we have learned. Submissions might address topics such as: how to conduct ACI research during a pandemic; the role of animals as companions and emotional support during social isolation; caring for animals in animal facilities under restrictions; relocating and rehabilitating animals during a crisis, or developing more respectful and empathetic relations with animals for a healthier and more sustainable multispecies cohabitation. Submissions that relate to this year's conference theme are especially welcome, but high-quality submissions are also welcome.

Submissions will be peer-reviewed and accepted submissions will be included in the ACI2021 Conference Proceedings published in the ACM Digital Library, including accepted full and short papers, poster and demo extended abstracts, workshop extended abstracts, and doctoral consortium submissions.

Submission Tracks and deadlines:

  • Research papers (abstracts 3 June 2021, complete submissions 10 June 2021)

  • Workshop proposals (10 June 2021)

  • Late-breaking work, posters, and demos (12 August 2021)

  • Doctoral consortium tracks (19 August 2021)