CfP: HCI Goes to the Zoo (CHI2016 Workshop)

Marcus Carter writes:

I’m co-organizing a workshop at CHI 2016, May 7-12, on ‘Human-Computer Interaction in the Zoo’, and we’re very open to Game Studies research related to zoos. If anyone is working in that area it would be great to hear about your work.

HCI Goes to the Zoo: CHI 2016 Workshop

San Jose, CA, USA.


Optional Zoo Tour: 6 May 2016

Workshop: 7 May 2016


Website: http://www.zootech.info <http://www.zootech.info/>

Contact: Sarah Webber, University of Melbourne








Position Paper Deadline: 11 January 2016

(If you require notification before end of 2015, see note below)*


Final Submissions: 12 February 2016





Zoos and other conservation organizations are increasingly exploring the application of interactive technologies to transform attitudes, behaviors and public policy related to conservation and sustainability; to support animal welfare and enrichment; and to provide novel experiences for visitors.


Despite this, HCI research in this context has been limited. Early work has highlighted the challenge of designing systems that do not detract from the existing aims of the zoo experience. While zoos are similar to other informal learning institutions such as museums, the setting of the zoo as an outdoor, naturalistic space, the presence of animals and their relationship with human visitors, the forms of social interaction and patterns of technology use amongst groups of zoo visitors differentiate this context substantially necessitating this workshop to draw together inter-disciplinary experts to advance this field of work.


Consequently we invite HCI researchers, animal welfare and behavioral scientists and Zoo industry professionals to attend a 1 day workshop at CHI 2016 on the topic of Technology in the Zoo. Through this workshop, we aim to bring together those investigating the design of technology for zoos and wildlife-based experiences. Through discussing and interrogating real case-studies of technology in zoo, this workshop will clearly identify and disseminate the key challenges and questions that a program of HCI research can answer.


Participants will be invited join in an optional group tour of San Francisco Zoo on Friday 6 May, the day before the workshop. The trip will provide opportunities to discus and explore how technology is being integrated into the Zoo’s programs and activities.





Participants interested in presenting should submit a short position paper (1-4 pages) describing:

• real case studies of technology in the zoo

• or existing problems that have the potential to be solved by technology interventions.


Papers will be selected for presentation at the workshop on the basis of interdisciplinary breadth, project maturity and to reflect the variety of opportunities for technology at the zoo.


Papers should be submitted

via EasyChair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=zootech2016

in the SIGCHI Extended Abstracts format:http://chi2016.acm.org/wp/guide-to-submission-formats

Accepted papers will need to be finalised and submitted by 12 February 2015.


Those not affiliated with a paper presentation but interested in attending should submit a short bio (200 words) identifying their interest and background relevant to the workshop topic. We aim to ensure interdisciplinarity in the workshop discussions.

Bios should be submitted by 15 January 2015:

via EasyChair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=zootech2016

using the ‘Abstract’ submission field (no file needs to be submitted).

A prospective workshop schedule will be made available before this date.


At least one author of each accepted paper must attend the workshop, and all participants must register for both the workshop and for at least one day of the conference.




Sarah Webber – Microsoft Research Centre for Social NUI, The University of Melbourne

Marcus Carter – Microsoft Research Centre for Social NUI, The University of Melbourne

Sally Sherwen – Zoos Victoria

Jason Watters – San Francisco Zoo

Bethany Krebs – San Francisco Zoo

Clara Mancini – Animal Computer Interaction Lab, The Open University

Fiona French – London Metropolitan University

Kenton O’Hara – Microsoft Research


===== DATES =====


Position Papers

Deadline: 11 January 2016

Notification: 15 January 2016*


Attendee Bios

Deadline: 15 January 2016


Final Submissions

Deadline: 12 February 2016

*If you require notification before end of 2015 please contact workshop organisers as soon as possible to discuss early submission.


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