Ilyena Hirskyj-Douglas & ACI

 Ilyena Hirskyj-Douglas and ZackMy interest in Animal Machinery started when I got a puppy (Zack) and noticed he would watch television with me in the mornings while getting ready. I was amazed at how technology that was made for me and integrated into my life slowly started to merge into my pets. He would regularly wag his tail in excitement if he heard me talking to someone on Skype he recognized or run to the screen to watch dogs barking. After talking to other pet owners I soon realized that this was not unheard of and my interest sparked to what caught my dog’s attention to cause this interaction. With a background in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Computing,  with a Bachelors of Science (Bsc), for my Masters research I wanted to focus upon something I was passionate about and this opened up the currently evolving rabbit warren of ACID.

AHCIAllFirst Interntational Conference of Animal Computer Interaction.


Workshop Co-organised: 

Program Committee:

Reviewed for:

  • CHI 2014/15Untitled1
  • SI:ACI International Journal of Human-Computer Studies (IJHSC): Expert Reviewer
  • ACI@BHCI: Meta Reviewer.
  • 2nd International Congress on Animal Computer Interaction: Expert Reviewer.
  • British HCI 2016 Conference.
  • Measuring Behaviour Conference 2016
  • IDC 2016 – Interaction Design and Children Conference
  • 3rd International Congress on Animal Computer Interaction: Expert Reviewer

Ilyena Measuring Behaviour



Expert Talks:

  • Spoke at UXPA (User Experience Professional Association) in London about how to design for non-verbal users in relation to gathering requirements for dog users on February 2016 UK UXPA event.

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