Felino: The Philosophical Practice of Making an Interspecies Videogame
| Contributor(s):: Michelle Westerlaken, Stefano Gualeni
This paper describes the design process of an interspecies video game that has its foundations in the field of Animal-Computer Interaction (ACI), but is inspired by philosophical notions and approaches including Jos De Mul’s work on biohermeneutics (De Mul 2013), Pierce’s theory of...
Shooting them isn't the answer : why pets matter in disasters
| Contributor(s):: Steve Glassey
With over 44% of those failing to evacuate during Hurricane Katrina doing so in part because they were unable to take their pets, the issue of pets in disasters has become a major issue and focus for emergency managers worldwide. The academic consensus is that pets are seen as part of the human...
Horsebreakers, Tamers, and Trainers: An Historical, Psychological, and Social Review
| Contributor(s):: Sharon E. Cregier
To my knowledge, there has been no organized synthesis describing the historical development of horse handling, management, lore, and training. This discussion offers, in capsule form, some of the historical, psychological, and social considerations which might be taken into account when...
Healing dolphins? Cognitive and perceptual criticisms in Dolphin-Assisted Therapy
| Contributor(s):: Cinzia Chiandetti
Since the '70s new therapeutic practices have been developed, involving the interaction between humans and dolphins - Tursiops truncatus in particular. Such practices are known as Dolphin-Assisted Therapies (DAT), a specific case of a more heterogeneous set of experiences with cetaceans...
Problematising upstream technology through speculative design: the case of quantified cats and dogs
| Contributor(s):: Shaun Lawson, Ben Kirman, Conor Linehan, Tom Feltwell, Lisa Hopkins
There is growing interest in technology that quantifies aspects of our lives. This paper draws on critical practice and speculative design to explore, question and problematise the ultimate consequences of such technology using the quantification of companion animals (pets) as a case study. We...
Siamo tutti animisti ? L'interazione con gli altri animali attraverso la cura del loro spirito
| Contributor(s):: Véronique Servais
L’hypothèse générale qui sous-tend cette conférence est que le mental animal est une perception émergente liée aux conditions de l’interaction entre une personne humaine et un animal. Si on compare la manière dont un chercheur ou un...
Consumer value journey with pet in multiple service touchpoints
| Contributor(s):: Jaakko Autio, Ari Kuismin, Minna Autio, Henna Syrjälä, Eliisa Kylkilahti
Our paper explores how consumer value is negotiated in pet-related services. We combine the discussion on value with the standpoint of service design; the approaches of consumer journey and service touchpoints. The contribution lies in discussing how consumer value is experienced in pet-related...
Circumpolarity : Human-Animal Relationships in the Circumpolar North
| Contributor(s):: David George Anderson
This five-year project investigates how people and animals today, and in the past, build sustainable communities around the circumpolar Arctic.
Understanding past human-animal relationships through the analysis of fractures: a case study from a Roman site in the Netherlands
| Contributor(s):: Maaike Groot
In studying fractures in archaeology, we should focus on what they can tell us about human-animal relationships. It is important to show other (zoo-) archaeologists that palaeopathology can be a valuable tool in answering (zoo-) archaeological questions. In this paper, a short summary of fracture...
Mixed Human-Animal Representations in Palaeolithic Art:An Anthropological Perspective
| Contributor(s):: Enrico Comba
Palaeolithic art, particularly cave art, is largely dominated by animal representations, described in a remarkable naturalistic and detailed style. This has led to an interpretation of this art as simply a description of the “natural” environment surrounding prehistoric...
Taming and Training in The Human Use of Elephants: The Case of Nepal, Past, Present and Future
| Contributor(s):: Piers Locke
It is a curious fact that by contrast with equine studies, a field that includes extensive historical and sociological work (e.g Budiansky 1998, Cassidy 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, Clutton-Brock 1992, Derry 2003, 2006, Hurn 2008a, 2008b), elephant husbandry has yet to be constituted as an integrated...
A field study with primary school children on perception of social presence and interactive behavior with a pet robot
| Contributor(s):: Marcel Heerink, Marta Díaz, Jordi Albo-Canals, Cecilio Angulo, Alex Barco, Judit Casacuberta, Carles Garriga
This paper presents a study on measuring (1) how children experience a pet robot, (2) how they play with it and (3) how children’s perceptions on and interaction with pet robots are interrelated. The study features different types of subjective and objective techniques to assess the degree...
Comportamento de actividade e de vocalização de borregos em pré-desmame das raças Ile de France e Churra da Terra Quente num teste individual de interacção homem-animal
| Contributor(s):: Severiano Silva, José Carlos Almeida, Paulo J. Fontes, C. Castro, R. Machado, Jorge Manuel Teixeira de Azevedo
Na realização deste trabalho foram utilizados 12 borregos da raça Ile de France (IDF) e 12 borregos da raça Churra da Terra Quente (CTQ) com 104 dias de idade. Os borregos foram sujeitos a um teste que seguiu procedimento proposto por Tallet et al. (2005) e adaptado...
An underwater wearable computer for two way human-dolphin communication experimentation
| Contributor(s):: Daniel Kohlsdorf, Scott Gilliland, Peter Presti, Thad Starner, Denise Herzing
Research in dolphin cognition and communication in the wild is still a challenging task for marine biologists. Most problems arise from the uncontrolled nature of field studies and the challenges of building suitable underwater research equipment. We present a novel underwater wearable computer...
How does the Tourism Industry of Sri Lanka Encourage the Elephant Commercialization?
| Contributor(s):: Indrachapa Gunasekara
Tourism is an industry where everything could be converted into a profit. There are numerous concepts and attractions which introduced ultimately, to meet various types of travel expectations. People travel for many intentions and stick to their interested areas. Culture, nature, humans,...
Human-coyote (Canis latrans) interaction in Canadian urban parks and green space: Preliminary findings from a media-content analysis
| Contributor(s):: Shelley M. Alexander, Michael S. Quinn
The coyote (Canis latrans) is a highly adaptable apex carnivore that provides a critical ecological function in urban ecosystems. Habituation of coyotes results in behavioural changes which can lead to human-wildlife conflict. Understanding human awareness, values and attitudes towards coyotes,...
WOOF: Rin Tin Tin and the Hero Dogs
| Contributor(s):: Amos St. Germain
Susan Orlean’s recent book on the phenomenon of Rin Tin Tin has rekindled this author’s interest in “Rinty” and our fascination with animal heroes, particularly dogs. How does Rinty work as a hero? What does Rinty tell us about ourselves?
Representations of laboratory animals in popular media forms
| Contributor(s):: Alison Moore
Attitudes to animals are in part formed through engagement with popular culture and therefore we should pay attention to the potential of this domain for shaping animal lives. But can popular culture really do anything for the ‘laboratory’ animal? This paper explores the persistent...
"I can haz emoshuns?": understanding anthropomorphosis of cats among internet users
| Contributor(s):: Derek Foster, Conor Linehan, Shaun Lawson, Daniel Mills, Sarah Ellis, Helen Zulch
The attribution of human-like traits to non-human animals, termed anthropomorphism, can lead to misunderstandings of animal behaviour, which can result in risks to both human and animal wellbeing and welfare. In this paper, we, during an inter-disciplinary collaboration between social computing...
Computer assisted extension program on ground squirrel control
| Contributor(s):: Terrell P. Salmon, Donald L. Lancaster, Leanne Lasarow
Computers have become common place in virtually all phases of agriculture. Most individuals have access to microcomputers and the once apparent intimidation about using them is rapidly disappearing. Because of increased availability and public acceptance, it's no surprise that many Extension...