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Animal-Computer Interaction (ACI): a manifesto

Mancini, Clara (2011). Animal-Computer Interaction (ACI): a manifesto. Interactions, 18(4) pp. 69–73.

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Although we have involved animals in machine and computer interactions for a long time, their perspective has seldom driven the design of interactive technology meant for them and animal-computer interaction is yet to enter mainstream user-computer interaction research. This lack of animal perspective can have negative effects on animal users and on the purposes for which animal technology is developed. Not only could an Animal-Computer Interaction (ACI) agenda mitigate those effects, it could also yield multiple benefits, by enhancing our inter-species relationships with the animals we live or work with, leading to further insights into animal cognition, rendering conservation efforts more effective, improving the economical and ethical sustainability of food production, expanding the horizon of user-computer interaction research altogether and benefiting different groups of human users too. Advances in both our understanding of animal cognition and computing technology make the development of ACI as a discipline both possible and timely, while pressing environmental, economic and cultural changes make it desirable. But what exactly is ACI about and how could we develop such a discipline? This Manifesto describes the scientific aims, methodological approach and ethical principles of ACI and proposes a research agenda for its systematic development.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2011 ACM
ISSN: 1558-3449
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
PRiMMA: Privacy Rights Management for Mobile ApplicationsEP/F024037/1EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)
Academic Unit/Department: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
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Item ID: 28857
Depositing User: Clara Mancini
Date Deposited: 31 May 2011 08:37
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 14:34
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