OzCHI 2018 Workshop

4 December 2018, Melbourne


Animal Computer Interaction

Designing for Animal Interaction

This workshop is an invitation to bring together researchers and practitioners from Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Animal Computer Interaction (ACI) and related fields who work in some capacity with animals and through the recognition of animal intelligence want to better understand how to work with and learn from animals.

This is a continuation of the work begun at OzCHI 2017 in forming an Australian chapter of ACI: OzACI.

We are looking specifically at in-place and emerging considerations while working with and designing for enriching experiences for animals, humans, communication, environments and technology within an Australian context.

Call for Papers

OzCHI, Melbourne Australia, Tuesday 4 December 2018

RMIT Building 80, Swanston St, Melbourne. Meet 8:45am for 9:00am start.

Afternoon will be at Melbourne zoo, for more research talks & discussions in the afternoon.

Conference details and registration: http://www.ozchi.org

Prospective participants are invited to submit 1-page abstract outlining their interest and the challenges that they experience in working with animals, humans, digital, physical and interactive environments. The invited speakers are asked to submit a title and 150 word abstract.

Papers will be reviewed by the organisers based on relevance and likelihood to spark discussion at the workshop. Interests include but are not limited to:


  • Methodologies underpinned by belief in the sentience of life, including animals and nature
  • Addressing the human relationship with nature, and the need for humans as stewards to relate to the natural world
  • Establishing methods for collaboration & cooperation with nature that ensures safety and enjoyment for all
  • Popular and scholarly discourse on the sentience of animals


  • Research approaches that make manifest & evident the sentience of nature and animals
  • Technologies that allow collaboration with animal intelligence, rather than “ruling” nature
  • Effective practical means to assist with, assess, and expand on our understanding & appreciation of animal intelligence
  • Designing for greater awareness of the natural world in people's daily lives
  • Technologies that use awareness, not intervention, to reduce anxiety caused by distance between animals and owners
  • Computer interactions with working animals, captive animals, and wilder creatures
  • Interventions to enable participation in biodiversity monitoring
  • Designing ethically in collaboration with experts to prevent inadvertent impact on wildlife


To participate, please submit a 1-page abstract by 19 October. Please outlining your interest and the challenges that you experience in working with animals, humans, digital, physical and interactive environments. We encourage papers likely to spark discussion on any of the topics above, or related issues.

Papers should be sent to dllanimals@gmail.com

  • 19 October: Abstracts due
  • 26 October: Notification of acceptance