Workshop 2018

This one-day workshop brought together contributors from a wide variety of backgrounds. The day featured keynote speakers and invited experts in the field. The mood of the session was exchange of information and discussions between participants and speakers throughout the full day workshop

Before the Workshop

To participate, participants submitted a one page abstract, as described in the CFP

Accepted participants were encouraged to read the contributions of other participants, which will be made available via this website. On acceptance, participants registered for the workshop, at One-day workshop

Invited Speakers

Jon Coe

Why Can’t the Monkeys Run The Monkey House? Using Technology to Empower Zoo Animals. This presentation will establish a framework of needs and opportunities for developing technical mediations allowing zoo animals greater access to choice, control, complexity, challenge and competence, empowering animals to thrive with more self-directed lives.

Learn more: Jon Coe Design

Dr Marcus Carter

Understanding Digitally Mediated Encounters with Animals. The experience of encountering an animal at the zoo is widely understood to motivate pro environmental conservation attitudes. In this presentation I will discuss the ways in which we are exploring how digital technologies, introduced for animal welfare or for visitor experience, impact the experience of encountering animals at Zoos and the implications that this has for zoo enclosure design.

Learn more: Marcus Carter

Prof Marcus Foth

Ubiquitous computing, mobile devices, and big data come together to give rise to a new urban paradigm being celebrated by many technology corporations and municipalities alike: the smart city. Yet, the general tenor of the current hype around smart cities is mainly about efficiency and productivity gains through automation, algorithmic analysis of big data, and growth.

What evidence is there to suggest that the smart city can provide genuine answers to a number of wicked problems humanity faces?

The smart city agenda is only now starting to slowly move beyond the technology and data hype and come to terms with issues of housing affordability, digital inclusion, social justice. However, the list of challenges does not end here. Climate change already has a great impact on cities with a notable increase in adverse weather events, and some thought leaders actively seek to reconcile the smart city with the resilient city. A pertinent question to ask is whether the people-centric focus is in fact worth rethinking in order to imagine a new economy that embraces the post-anthropocentric city in ‘more-than-human worlds’. With society’s current limited perspective that centres around humans, we risk to forget how we are entangled with and connected to other living beings, the environment, and the wider ecosystem that keeps us alive. Can we reconceptualise the smart city as a place where people and place meet to make a net positive contribution to the world?

Professor Foth founded the Urban Informatics Research Lab at QUT in 2006. Ahead of their time and before the term “smart cities” became popular, the lab pioneered a new field of study and practice: Urban informatics, which examines how people create, apply and use information and communication technology and data in cities and urban environments. QUT Urban Informatics has been one of the leading research groups in the world conducting transdisciplinary research that addresses a number of critical challenges facing our cities.

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At the Workshop

Participants offered insights about the contribution of other participants. We designed a range of activities to facilitate networking and exchange of ideas, including visiting Melbourne Zoo to get an understanding of the research work that 4 of the participants are involved in.

Sally Sherwen

gives an introduction to the many research projects happening at Melbourne Zoo

Sarah Webber

presents ongoing research with Natural User Interfaces at the Orangatun enclosure

Selection of Presentations

In order of Appearance:

  • Intro to workshop slides
  • Professsor Marcus Foth
  • Antonia Goodfellow
  • Harry Down
  • Publication for ACM from workshop
  • Playtypus Video
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