Accepted Workshops


Dates to be confirmed shortly.


ReptileJam 2021: Designing Enrichment for Reptiles in Captivity  

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! 


Animal-centred design doesn’t work(shop)

Dirk van der Linden and Chloe Kliman-Silver


Are you an ACI researcher? Or someone building animal tech? Or thinking about it? We bet you've thought about what it means to be "animal-centered" (or "centred" for you UK lot out there), right? This workshop is all about exploring a growing feeling that animal-centered design, as it appears to be done, doesn't really "work", but also more importantly, that the term is not workshopped sufficiently to get a clear and shared understanding among those using it. In other words, we don't have clear necessary and sufficient conditions for when (developing) a new piece of technology for animals is actually animal-centered. In particular, we will challenge ourselves to see if we really should try to design for what animals (and animals alone) want and need, and whether a technologist approach to doing so is what is really most appropriate. Over the course of the workshop we will collaborate to hopefully identify other core assumptions of being or doing animal-centered design, and challenge them based on our research, technology we see out there in the field, and use all of that to try and build towards a litmus test of how we can assure ourselves that we are being meaningfully 'animal-centered'.


Digital Technologies in Wild Nature

Sarah Webber, Wally Smith, Jessie Oliver, Julia Hoy, Kellie Bella and Margot Brereton


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. 


Technologies for Working Animals

Charlotte Robinson and Jai Farrell


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.


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