How can Multi-Sensory Technologies in Zoos Shape the Relationship Between Non-Human Primates and Humans

Wang, J., Brewster, S. and Hirskyj-Douglas, I. (2024) How can Multi-Sensory Technologies in Zoos Shape the Relationship Between Non-Human Primates and Humans. In: 10th International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction (ACI 2023), North Carolina, USA, 04-08 Dec 2023, ISBN 9798400716560 (doi: 10.1145/3637882.3637902)

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Modern zoological institutions play a pivotal role in preserving endangered species and educating the public [6, 17]. However, zoos face three challenges: firstly, the limited range of animal activities, which can diminish their enrichment experience [8], the inadequate educational engagement for visitors often stemming from passive learning, which fails to foster engaging experiences [9, 12] and how to balance direct interactions between humans and zoo animals. The interactions between zoo animals and people are complex as excessive interaction can distress the animals [20], while too limited interaction fails to provide visitors with engaging educational experiences[22]. This PhD project aims to address these three challenges by utilising technology within the zoo context to foster appropriate human-animal interaction. This PhD will be conducted in three phases looking at 1) augmenting the red-ruffed lemur enclosure by providing multi-modal stimuli-based technology to see what stimuli attract lemurs to engage with technology and how to develop lemur technologies; 2) how animal technology can provide engagement educational experiences for zoo visitors via a human-animal system and 3) building on these results, how humans and animals can use these systems together.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Keywords:Zoo, Animal-Computer Interaction, red-ruffed lemurs, zoo visitors, multi-sensory.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Brewster, Professor Stephen and Wang, Jiaqi and Hirskyj-Douglas, Dr Ilyena
Authors: Wang, J., Brewster, S., and Hirskyj-Douglas, I.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering
College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2023 held by the owner/author(s)
First Published:First published in ACI '23: Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction 2023
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