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CENTRAL ACADEMICS

Clara Mancini is a Senior Lecturer in Interaction Design at The Open University’s School of Computing and Communications. She is the founder and head of the Animal–Computer Interaction Lab. Clara is particularly interested in the methodological challenges and innovation opportunities presented by ACI, and in the potential that this emerging discipline has to contribute to human and animal wellbeing, social inclusion, interspecies cooperation and environmental restoration. Clara has been principal investigator on a number of ACI projects and has been supervising a range of ACI doctoral research, including ubiquitous and ambient interfaces for mobility assistance and medical detection dogs, interactive enrichment for captive elephants, and wearable animal biotelemetry.

Rachael Luck is a Senior Lecturer in Design at The Open University’s School of Engineering and Innovation. Rachael is interested in how design work actually takes place, with a deep analytic interest in interaction. Her research examines how people organise and coordinate their design work, design new realities and participate in collaborative design situations, looking closely at the ways that people inhabit and interact with designed things in built environments. Rachael is supervising PhD research on the canine-centred design of ambient interfaces to support the work of mobility assistance dogs.

Blaine Price is Professor of Computing at The Open University’s School of Computing and Communications. He is interested in mobile and ubiquitous computing, and in lifelogging technologies in particular, including both personal lifelogging and logging energy and resource usage, and how invisible and automatic lifelogging data can be used to gain insights about the wearer’s life. Blaine is supervising ACI doctoral research on how to improve the wearability of animal biotelemetry.

Helen Sharp is Professor of Computing at The Open University’s School of Computing and Communications. She is interested in agile software design particularly within the organisational context. Helen is supervising ACI doctoral research on the design of interactive enrichment for captive elephants.

Alistair Willis is Senior Lecturer in Computing at The Open University’s School of Computing and Communications. His research interests include natural language processing and machine learning. Alistair is supervising ACI doctoral research on the development of canine signalling interfaces to support the work of cancer detection dogs.

DOCTORAL STUDENTS

Luisa Ruge is a full-time PhD student with The Open University’s ACI Lab. Her doctoral research focuses on the canine-centred design of ubiquitous and ambient interfaces to facilitate and support the work of mobility assistance dogs. Luisa’s supervisors are Clara Mancini and Rachael Luck.

Patrizia Paci is a full-time PhD student with The Open University’s ACI Lab. Her doctoral research focuses on the development of a wearer-centred design framework to improve the wearability of biotelemetry devices for free living animals. Patrizia’s supervisors are Clara Mancini and Blaine Price.

Fiona French is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Games at the London Metropolitan University and a part-time PhD student with The Open University’s ACI Lab. Her doctoral research focuses on the design of interactive enrichment for captive elephants. Fiona’s supervisors are Clara Mancini and Helen Sharp.

VISITING FELLOWS

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