Technology for Bonding in Human-Animal Interaction

Väätäjä, Heli; Majaranta, Päivi; Törnqvist, Heini; Ainasoja, Mari; Surakka, Veikko; Juhlin, Oskar and Mancini, Clara (2017). Technology for Bonding in Human-Animal Interaction. In: Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction - ACI2017, ACM Press.



This workshop focuses on the use and influence of technology on human-animal bonding, and how to facilitate them with technology. We explore the elements and characteristics of human-animal bonding, and how technology is connected to emotions and bonding between the human and the animal. We are particularly interested in animal's experiences, emotions, and welfare in bonding. The workshop facilitates discussion, creates a framework to support design activities, identifies future research themes, and creates ideas on facilitating the mutual bonding in human-animal interaction. The main focus is on dogs, but workshop aims is to pave way for further investigations and research with other domestic animals, such as cats, horses, and rabbits.

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