ACI 2021 Workshop

Digital Technologies in Wild Nature

How can we best design and deploy digital technologies for deployment in wild nature: sites such as wilderness, national parks and protected areas?
What are the potential impacts for wildlife, their habitats and human-nature relations?

Sensors, drones, GPS-based mapping and mobile technologies, are being increasingly used in wild places for :

  • ecological science and conservation,

  • living and working in wild nature,

  • outdoor recreation and nature tourism

We propose that the challenges of designing technology for wild nature requires interdisciplinary collaboration to understand potential impacts and issues, and explore how interaction design methods (such as co-design, iterative prototyping and field trials) can be conducted effectively with wildlife and wild habitats.

We invite researchers and practitioners interested in design of digital technologies for wild places to join this workshop, in which we aim to:

  • build networks of researchers and practitioners investigating technologies for wild nature

  • establish a common foundation for thinking about design methods, opportunities and challenges

  • consider how to address issues of anthropocentrism and accelerating loss of biodiversity

  • explore how specific cultural values and orientations to nature are reproduced in digital technologies

  • consider how design choices shape public attitudes to wildlife and wild places.


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.

For queries, please contact Sarah Webber at the University of Melbourne,