Ilyena Hirskyj-Douglas is Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Animal-Computer Interaction at The University of Glasgow in Scotland (UK). Her research explores how animals interact with computer systems and how to designing and build methods to capture this interaction. She is interested in exploring what it means for animals to interact with technologies and how we can create, design, and support meaningful exchanges between humans, animals, and technology. Examples of my work include a DogPhone systems for dogs to communicate over the internet and a Monkey Tunnel system for monkeys to play videos and audio whenever they choose. Ilyena got her Masters and a PhD degree in Computer Science from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) (UK) and undertook a three year postdoc at Aalto University (FI). She publishes primarily in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and animal science in top conferences/journals such as CHI, IJHCS, CSCW, ISS, Animals, etc. My research is regularly featured in international news, radio and TV broadcasts such as The BBC, The Guardian, New Scientist, Wired Magazine, The New York Times, Huffington Post among others. Source:

In this podcast, Chetana explores what an internet for animals would look like, how and why you might design technology for monkeys, and whether animals can use technology with awareness.

About the host, Chetana Pai:

Chetana (she/her) is a recent graduate of the University of Twente and has a Masters degree in Interaction Technology. She is especially interested and has worked on research to do with human interaction, human experience, movement, music, technology, and the combination of these fields. In addition to this, she is constantly experimenting with various creative mediums and facilitating workshops. These are mostly geared towards finding and exploring new ways to make people want to be creative and make tangibly (and often involve zines!) Learn more about Chetana’s work here.


00:00:00 Introduction / 00:00:01 Animal technology / 00:04:00 Zoos and stakeholders/ 00:09:00 How do animals interact with technology? / 00:15:00 The human context? / 00:17:00 The meaning of designing technology for animals / 00:20:00 The dark side and the future / 00:023:00 Animal internet / 00:25:00 Elephant shower and animal engagement / 00:30:00 Outro

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At the end of the podcast (00:27:00), Ilyena asks the question: What do you think the future of computer and animals are heading? Think with us on our Mural board, Click here.

Further reading:

Ilyena Hirskyj-Douglas

Hello, yes…This is dog.

Clara Mancini: Animal-Computer Interaction (ACI): a Manifesto

Fiona French, More than Human Aesthetics (Elephants)