The dreaded question: ‘So, what’s your Ph.D. research about?’ You take a deep breath and launch into the explanation. People’s eyes begin to glaze over… At times like these, don’t you wish you could just turn to the nearest computer and show people an online video of your Ph.D. thesis interpreted in dance form?
Gonzolabs’ annual Dance Your Ph.D. competition is now open, with categories for Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Social Sciences, and a Grand Prize for the Best Ph.D. Dance of 2015. The competition is open to entrants holding or currently completing a science-related Ph.D.
ENTER BY OCTOBER 28, 2015
Deadline submission of full papers and short papers: July 31, 2015
Notification: September 30, 2015
Conference date: November 16, 2015
While traditionally animal technology has been the concern of other disciplines, more recently the Human Computer Interaction (HCI) community has begun to take an interest in computer interactions involving animals,particularly in the context of human-animal interactions, concomitantly with a growing market of various types of digital technologies aimed at animals and humans. For example, the commercial relevance of the emerging area can be seen in the many technologies marketed to canine owners, which consist of devices for training animals, taking care of them, as well as surveillance of them.
An increasing body of work originating from within the HCI community is shaping an emerging discipline, which – by analogy with HCI – has been dubbed Animal-Computer Interaction (ACI) and comprises: studying the interaction between animals, technology and humans in naturalistic settings; developing user-centered technology that supports animals and interspecies relationships; informing user-centered approaches to the design of technology intended for animals.