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Ubicomp for animal welfare: envisioning smart environments for kenneled dogs

Mancini, Clara; van der Linden, Janet; Kortuem, Gerd; Dewsbury, Guy; Mills, Daniel and Boyd, Paula (2014). Ubicomp for animal welfare: envisioning smart environments for kenneled dogs. In: Proceedings of the 2014 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2014), ACM Press pp. 117–128.

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Whilst the ubicomp community has successfully embraced a number of societal challenges for human benefit, including healthcare and sustainability, the well-being of other animals is hitherto underrepresented. We argue that ubicomp technologies, including sensing and monitoring devices as well as tangible and embodied interfaces, could make a valuable contribution to animal welfare. This paper particularly focuses on dogs in kenneled accommodation, as we investigate the opportunities and challenges for a smart kennel aiming to foster canine welfare. We conducted an in-depth ethnographic study of a dog rehoming center over four months; based on our findings, we propose a welfare centered framework for designing smart environments, integrating monitoring and interaction with information management. We discuss the methodological issues we encountered during the research and propose a smart ethnographic approach for similar projects.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 ACM
ISBN: 1-4503-2968-3, 978-1-4503-2968-2
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Smart KennelsNot SetDogs Trust
Keywords: animal welfare; smart kennel; ambient interactivity; pervasive monitoring; information management
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Item ID: 41242
Depositing User: Janet van der Linden
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2014 13:28
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 23:00
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