My doctoral research project examines the role of interactive and digital technologies at the zoo. Though other informal learning institutions, such as museums, are a popular site for HCI research, the unique context of the zoo has previously been little studied.
In conjunction with Zoos Victoria, we are investigating the potential effects of digital enrichment for animals, and digitally-mediated encounters between zoo animals and visitors, through the design and study of an interactive installation for orangutans at Melbourne Zoo. This work also reflects on the process of interaction design with and for zoo animals, and the tensions around creating enrichment appropriate for non-human species.
Read more: www.socialnui.unimelb.edu.au/research/zoos
Watch the technology in action: youtu.be/pWrUsgUWvew
As part of my PhD research I am exploring how digital technologies are being used in zoos, and how this relates to animal welfare and the visitor experience.
This workshop was conducted held as as part of CHI 2016 in May 2016, and was preceded by a visit to San Francisco Zoo, hosted by Jason Watters and Bethany Krebs. Participants included researchers in human-computer interaction, zoo professionals and respected specialists in animal welfare science. Papers covered a broad range of topics and resulted in a far-ranging and highly stimulating discussion.
This workshop offered an opportunity for zoo professionals and researchers to collaborate on the design of novel enrichment for zoo-housed animals and corresponding activities to enhance the visitor experience. Participants developed three sets of design briefs to enrich sea-lions, penguins and big cats. We are planning to take these forward as real prototypes to evaluate with their respective species. Please visit our fundraising site on experiment.com.
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