Spent an excellent 3 days in Milton Keynes at this year's ACI conference.
We organized a workshop - FARMJAM 2017: http://www.zoojam.org/farmjam - on Tuesday, looking at developing enrichment for pigs, poultry and goats. Sophie Collins, Sconaid Wastie and Sian Phillips from RSPCA Farm Animal Welfare, Eleonora Nannoni from Univ of Bologna and Billy Wallace from Makeway provided us with briefs. We hope some of the creative outputs will become future prototypes... Watch this space. DOI: 10.1145/3152130.3152154
Then, on Wednesday I presented my paper: "Exploring Research through Design in Animal-Computer Interaction".
I decided to focus on the process of developing elephant-devices, rather than any outputs generated, so I had a different perspective to show people. So often, animal behaviour research seems to take the end product for granted and studies animal interactions with it, whereas I wanted to try and explain how the details of production informed the design and vice-versa.
On Thursday, I was part of the doctoral consortium committee, offering feedback to other students. There were plenty of opportunities to socialise, eat cakes and talk about elephants to anyone who was interested. Looking forward to catching up with colleagues to take some of our ideas forward.