Special Issue "Multimodal Technologies in Animal–Computer Interaction"

A special issue of Multimodal Technologies and Interaction (ISSN 2414-4088).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 April 2018)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Naohisa Ohta

1. Graduate School of Media Design, Keio University, Japan
2. Global Research Fellow, Imagineering Institute, Malaysia
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Interests: multimedia communications; multimodal interface; ultra high-quality motion pictures; animal–computer-interaction
Guest Editor
Dr. Clara Mancini

Animal-Computer Interaction Lab
School of Computing and Communications, The Open University, UK
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Interests: animal–computer interaction; multispecies interaction design; animal–centred computing; ubiquitous computing
Guest Editor
Dr. Jake Veasey

Care for the Rare, School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences, Nottingham Trent University, UK
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Interests: applied animal welfare science; behavioural ecology; conservation biology; zoo design

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Animals have been exposed to, and have interacted with, technology for the better part of a century; for example, in conservation activities, behavioural experiments, comparative cognition studies, precision farming, and in various support roles. At the crossroad between interaction design, on the one hand, and animal behavioural and welfare science, on the other, Animal-Computer Interaction (ACI) is a rapidly-growing field of research concerned with the interaction between animals and computing-enabled technology from an animal-centered perspective. Integrating a variety of multidisciplinary approaches, ACI aims to:

  • Investigate the interaction between animals and technology in naturalistic settings, with regards to specific animal activities or interspecies relations
  • Develop user-centered technology that can: Improve animals’ welfare by enabling the fulfillment of their needs; support animals in tasks humans might ask of them; foster interspecies relationships
  • Inform interdisciplinary user-centered approaches that can enable animals to participate in the design process as legitimate stakeholders and contributors.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to bring together state-of-the-art research articles on the use and potential of multimedia and multimodal interfaces for animal-centred applications and interactions. These might aim to improve animal welfare, foster interspecies relationships or support the development of animal-centred research methods, in relation to laboratory, farm, companion or wild animals. We invite original research articles, works in progress, surveys, and reviews. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Animal Behavior and Multimodal Technology in ACI
  • Interaction Multimodality Design for ACI
  • Multisensory Technology for ACI
  • Multimedia Technology for ACI
  • Multimodal Design Solutions for ACI Applications
  • Multimodal Technology as Methodological Tool in ACI

Dr. Naohisa Ohta
Dr. Clara Mancini
Dr. Jake Veasey
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Multimedia Technology for Animals
  • Multimodal Technology for Animals
  • Interaction between Animals and Technology
  • Multimodal Technology for Animal Welfare
  • Multimodal Technology for Interspecies Relationships
  • Animal-Centered Design of Multimodal Technologies

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Open AccessArticle Animal-to-Animal Data Sharing Mechanism for Wildlife Monitoring in Fukushima Exclusion Zone
Multimodal Technologies Interact. 2018, 2(3), 40; https://doi.org/10.3390/mti2030040
Received: 20 April 2018 / Revised: 21 June 2018 / Accepted: 22 June 2018 / Published: 3 July 2018
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We propose an animal-to-animal data sharing mechanism that employs wildlife-borne sensing devices to expand the size of monitoring areas in which electricity, information, and road infrastructures are either limited or nonexistent. With the proposed approach, monitoring information can be collected from remote areas
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We propose an animal-to-animal data sharing mechanism that employs wildlife-borne sensing devices to expand the size of monitoring areas in which electricity, information, and road infrastructures are either limited or nonexistent. With the proposed approach, monitoring information can be collected from remote areas in a safe and cost-effective manner. To substantially prolong the life of a sensor node, the proposed mechanism activates the communication capabilities only when there is a plurality of animals; otherwise, the sensor node remains in a sleep state. This study aimed to achieve three objectives. First, we intend to obtain knowledge based on the actual field operations within the Fukushima exclusion zone. Second, we attempt to realize an objective evaluation of the power supply and work base that is required to properly evaluate the proposed mechanism. Third, we intend to acquire data to support wildlife research, which is the objective of both our present (and future) research. Full article
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Open AccessArticle A Wearable Sensor System for Lameness Detection in Dairy Cattle
Multimodal Technologies Interact. 2018, 2(2), 27; https://doi.org/10.3390/mti2020027
Received: 17 April 2018 / Revised: 8 May 2018 / Accepted: 8 May 2018 / Published: 15 May 2018
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Cow lameness is a common manifestation in dairy cattle that causes severe health and life quality issues to cows, including pain and a reduction in their life expectancy. In our previous work, we introduced an algorithmic approach to automatically detect anomalies in the
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Cow lameness is a common manifestation in dairy cattle that causes severe health and life quality issues to cows, including pain and a reduction in their life expectancy. In our previous work, we introduced an algorithmic approach to automatically detect anomalies in the walking pattern of cows using a wearable motion sensor. In this article, we provide further insights into a system for automatic lameness detection, including the decisions we made when designing the system, the requirements that drove these decisions and provide further insight into the algorithmic approach. Results from a controlled experiment we conducted indicate that our approach can detect deviations in cows’ gait with an accuracy of 91.1%. The information provided by our system can be useful to spot lameness-related diseases automatically and alarm veterinarians. Full article
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Open AccessReview Animals Make Music: A Look at Non-Human Musical Expression
Multimodal Technologies Interact. 2018, 2(3), 51; https://doi.org/10.3390/mti2030051
Received: 20 April 2018 / Revised: 17 August 2018 / Accepted: 28 August 2018 / Published: 2 September 2018
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The use of musical instruments and interfaces that involve animals in the interaction process is an emerging, yet not widespread practice. The projects that have been implemented in this unusual field are raising questions concerning ethical principles, animal-centered design processes, and the possible
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The use of musical instruments and interfaces that involve animals in the interaction process is an emerging, yet not widespread practice. The projects that have been implemented in this unusual field are raising questions concerning ethical principles, animal-centered design processes, and the possible benefits and risks for the animals involved. Animal–Computer Interaction is a novel field of research that offers a framework (ACI manifesto) for implementing interactive technology for animals. Based on this framework, we have examined several projects focusing on the interplay between animals and music technology in order to arrive at a better understanding of animal-based musical projects. Building on this, we will discuss how the implementation of new musical instruments and interfaces could provide new opportunities for improving the quality of life for grey parrots living in captivity. Full article
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Open AccessReview Seven Years after the Manifesto: Literature Review and Research Directions for Technologies in Animal Computer Interaction
Multimodal Technologies Interact. 2018, 2(2), 30; https://doi.org/10.3390/mti2020030
Received: 18 April 2018 / Revised: 25 May 2018 / Accepted: 28 May 2018 / Published: 1 June 2018
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As technologies diversify and become embedded in everyday lives, the technologies we expose to animals, and the new technologies being developed for animals within the field of Animal Computer Interaction (ACI) are increasing. As we approach seven years since the ACI manifesto, which
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As technologies diversify and become embedded in everyday lives, the technologies we expose to animals, and the new technologies being developed for animals within the field of Animal Computer Interaction (ACI) are increasing. As we approach seven years since the ACI manifesto, which grounded the field within Human Computer Interaction and Computer Science, this thematic literature review looks at the technologies developed for (non-human) animals. Technologies that are analysed include tangible and physical, haptic and wearable, olfactory, screen technology and tracking systems. The conversation explores what exactly ACI is whilst questioning what it means to be animal by considering the impact and loop between machine and animal interactivity. The findings of this review are expected to form the first grounding foundation of ACI technologies informing future research in animal computing as well as suggesting future areas for exploration. Full article
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