Accepted Workshops


ReptileJam 2021: Designing Enrichment for Reptiles in Captivity

8th November, 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM GMT  

Fiona French, Leah Williams, Jon Charles Coe, Lewis Single, Eduardo Fernandez and Chris Martin


ReptileJam aims to draw together colleagues from different disciplines for a day of creative development, focusing on the design of novel and engaging environmental enrichment for reptiles. In regard to the provision of enrichment and consequent evaluation of its efficacy, some animals seem better served than others, and although research on reptile cognition and emotion is growing, it has historically been neglected. We invite participants from a wide range of communities, including but not limited to animal welfare, herpetology, game design, computer science, engineering, education, HCI and ACI, animal behaviour and environmental enrichment. This is an opportunity for those with an interest in designing experiences for captive reptiles to share ideas and explore the potential of using technology to enhance reptilian environmental enrichment. The workshop will involve virtual collaboration as we discuss enrichment briefs provided by domain experts from Indianapolis Zoo in US and Chester Zoo in UK, and explore ideas in small teams. Please visit the website - - for more information and to meet the organising team! 

Technologies for Working Animals

8th November, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM GMT

Charlotte Robinson, Jai Farrell and Mia Cobb


There are many emergent topics surrounding working animals. They are integral to millions of humans’ lives, working in human assistance, military operations, farming, or transportation. This workshop will examine the role of ACI when designing technology for working animals. It will engage with the important reflection of some of these deeper topical issues (e.g. the ethics of having animals ‘work for’ humans) and how they apply to our field, as well as examine topics that are specific to ACI (e.g. if/when/how a new technology should be integrated into an existing training framework). The workshop will particularly focus on the ethical considerations from the field of ACI when designing technology-based interactions and challenges if technology is applicable and whether it should even be considered. Following this, in situations where the ACI community engages with the development of technology for working animals, we will discuss related methods and challenges.


Digital Technologies in Nature

9th November, 2:00 AM – 5:00 AM GMT

9th November, 10:00 PM – 1:00 AM GMT + 1 day

Sarah Webber, Jessie L. Oliver, Wally Smith, Helena Bender, Kellie Vella, Margot Brereton, Alasdair Davies, Julia Hoy and Kate Judith


How can we best design and deploy digital technologies for “wild” places such as forests, national parks and protected areas? What are the potential impacts for wildlife, their habitats and human-nature relations? Such places are seeing growing use of technologies such as sensors, drones, GPS mapping and mobile devices, for purposes such as ecological science, conservation, forestry and other livelihoods, outdoor recreation and nature tourism. This workshop will provide a space for interdisciplinary conversations between researchers and practitioners to explore potential impacts and ethical issues, and explore how interaction design methods can be conducted effectively with wildlife and their habitats. We invite participation of researchers and practitioners in domains such as ecological and conservation sciences, environment and wildlife management, conservation technology, engineering, environmental social science and psychology, anthrozoology, and interaction design - including animal-computer interaction and human-computer interaction. 

Enquiries should be addressed to the Workshops Chairs: Ilyena Hirskyj-Douglas and Ann Morrison