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CALL FOR PARTICIPATION – Technology for Bonding in Human-Animal Interaction

Note: The official Call for Participation has ended and we have informed the participants. But if you would like to join our workshop, don’t hesitate to contact us: turre-tutkimus@uta.fi

Workshop at ACI 2017 conference at Open University, Milton Keynes, UK
Workshop date: 21.11.2017
Workshop website: www.turre.fi/tech4bonding 
Information on ACI 2017 conference: www.aci2017.org


Technology offers exciting new opportunities for supporting and expanding human-animal interaction and bonding. What is related to these opportunities and how to design for bonding?

We invite you to this 1-day workshop at ACI 2017 conference to explore and discuss on the following questions as well as ideate how to enhance and expand human-animal interaction and bonding with technology:

  • What characterizes the human-animal interaction and bonding? What are their elements?
  • How might ACI enhance bonding in human-animal interaction?
  • What are the potential benefits, pitfalls and impacts of technology in this area?
  • How do animals and humans perceive and experience the solutions?
  • What kind of social and affective aspects and impacts are related to technological solutions from animal’s and human’s viewpoints?

This workshop explores issues related to use and influence of technology in human-animal interaction and bonding, and how to facilitate this interaction and bonding at its best. We explore the elements and characteristics of human-animal interaction and bonding, and how technology is connected to emotions and bonding between the human and the animal. We are particularly interested in the animal’s experiences, emotions, and welfare.

We focus in this workshop on dogs as an example species, as there exists prior scientific knowledge on the interaction and bonding between humans and dogs. We aim to pave way for further investigations and research with other domestic animals, such as cats, horses, and rabbits.

We invite academics from related fields of science and and practitioners with background in animal behavior, emotions, technology development or other relevant fields to contribute to this interdisciplinary 1-day workshop with their expertise and vision. Within the workshop we aim to facilitate active and critical discussion on the topic and future vision, work collaboratively to create a framework for elements and characteristics of human-dog interaction and bonding, and create and evaluate ideas and low-fidelity concept prototypes with a lean design thinking approach. Invited talks will give background and viewpoints to support the workshop activities. The results of the workshop will be disseminated on the workshop site for a wider public and as an academic publication.


Contribution statements through an online questionnaire: September 11th, 2017

Describe your background, expertise, view on concepts and your contribution/viewpoint that you are bringing along to the workshop by answering to the questions at: https://goo.gl/forms/RLlMPyYMTAz1kDqQ2

Selection of participants: September 13th, 2017

Participants will be selected based on the answers to the questionnaire. Interdisciplinary breadth of backgrounds, potential contribution or special interest, and variety of viewpoints on the topic are used as selection criteria. A maximum of 15 participants is accepted.

Notification of acceptance: September 14th, 2017

Publicizing participants on workshop site: September 17th, 2017

Workshop date: November 21st, 2017

Heli Väätäjä
University of Tampere
Emotions, Sociality and Computing (ESC) Research Group

or firstname.lastname@staff.uta.fi