Putting Concepts in Practice for Animals-in-Computing Scientists: From Data Collection, over to Programming and Communication Protocols

Animal-Computer Interaction and Animal-Cyber Systems (a term we coined in our past Project Entitled ‘Animal-Cyber Systems (ACS) – Gaining Access to Farm Animal Welfare’) require a practical and reproducible approach to teaching students. This teaching is about animal behaviour and acquiring hands-on experience in software and hardware development of IoT devices, machine learning and artificial … Continue reading Putting Concepts in Practice for Animals-in-Computing Scientists: From Data Collection, over to Programming and Communication Protocols

DogPhone Could Empower ‘Pandemic Pups’ to Stay In Touch With Their Owners

On the internet, the old saying goes, nobody knows you’re a dog – but that could be set to change with the invention of a device which helps pets place video calls to their owners. The system, dubbed DogPhone, is the first of its kind to empower animals to use the internet to contact their owners.  In … Continue reading DogPhone Could Empower ‘Pandemic Pups’ to Stay In Touch With Their Owners

Machine Learning to Recognise Pain in Animals: What is the Future?

To honour September 2021 as the ‘Animal Pain Awareness Month’, we revisit the role of computing and machine learning in recognising animal pain in this blog. The usefulness of machine learning (ML) is well versed in animal medicine and animal behavioural science across many settings. Indeed ML as a method is extensively applied in pets, … Continue reading Machine Learning to Recognise Pain in Animals: What is the Future?

Interspecies Information Systems: An Interview with Dirk van der Linden

After spending a lot of time studying how people design, use and think about technologies for animals, Dirk van der Linden from Northumbria University started to ponder how to improve data-driven technologies that inform us about animals. While Dirk kept hearing the phrase “data, data, data”, he began to wonder what people need the data … Continue reading Interspecies Information Systems: An Interview with Dirk van der Linden

How to Train Birds to Use Tablets: An Interview with Jennifer Cunha

After teaching inner-city children to read, Jennifer Cunha took this experience and began teaching her cockatoo phonics and reading skills using Tablets. During this experience, she has been interested in their behaviour, asking questions like how parrots can use communication boards and what they would use tablets for? Digging into this further, we interviewed her … Continue reading How to Train Birds to Use Tablets: An Interview with Jennifer Cunha

Tracking technologies for Reindeer Husbandry – A Chat with Luke Researchers

We asked Dr. Jouko Kumpula of the National Resources Institute in Finland (Luke) about the role of tracking technology in reindeer research and husbandry. Dr. Kumpula has previously used tracking devices to collect data in several reindeer research projects studying their habitat usage and monitoring the effect of climate change on reindeer behaviour and reproduction. … Continue reading Tracking technologies for Reindeer Husbandry – A Chat with Luke Researchers

Researchers Find Dogs Prefer Robots to Look like Dog-Like But Dog Owners Do Not

Robots are increasingly being used in our homes, from robot vacuums to help with cleaning to using voice-agents to play music. Especially for social robots such as Siri and Alexia which communicate with us, these robots take many different forms, from having human-like faces and features to static boxes that talk in human voices. Recently … Continue reading Researchers Find Dogs Prefer Robots to Look like Dog-Like But Dog Owners Do Not

Scientists develop a sound device to allow monkeys living in a Finnish zoo to play sounds and music

Sound is a promising way to stimulate zoo animals and increase their welfare, as shown by a  study from Aalto University collaborating with Helsinki’s Korkeasaari Zoo. Researchers built a device that plays different sounds for a group of white-faced saki monkeys to listen to in their enclosure. They were interested in the saki monkey’s behaviour: … Continue reading Scientists develop a sound device to allow monkeys living in a Finnish zoo to play sounds and music

Tech for Farm Animals – 101

Who has not already heard about milking robots and the so-called Precision Agriculture? Yes, the tech for farm animals is gaining momentum and is taking advantage of recent trends in computing, such in cloud computing, edge computing and Internet of Things (IoT) computing, networking and sensing. Yet, technologies for farm animals is not just about … Continue reading Tech for Farm Animals – 101

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