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Re-centering multispecies practices: a canine interface for cancer detection dogs

Mancini, Clara; Harris, Rob; Aengenheister, Brendan and Guest, Claire (2015). Re-centering multispecies practices: a canine interface for cancer detection dogs. In: CHI '15: Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM Press, pp. 2673–2682.

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Abstract

We report on participatory design research where interaction designers, and canine behavioral specialists, together with their cancer detection dogs, teamed up to better support the dogs’ life-saving work. We discuss interspecies communication challenges in cancer detection training, requiring the dogs to use human signaling conventions that perturb their detection work. We describe our effort to develop a technology that could resolve those challenges, and how in the process our design focus gradually shifted from a human-centered to a canine-centered interaction model. The resulting interface, based on honest signaling, re-centers cancer detection practices on the dogs themselves, enabling them to better express their potential as cancer detection workers; it also provides a model for re-thinking human-computer interactions.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 ACM
ISBN: 1-4503-3145-9, 978-1-4503-3145-6
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Cancer Detection InterfacesNot SetThe Open University (OU)
Keywords: cancer detection; interspecies communication; honest signaling; canine-centered interfaces; ACI
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)
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Item ID: 42640
Depositing User: Clara Mancini
Date Deposited: 05 May 2015 08:51
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 14:07
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/42640
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