Hi! I’m a Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Animal-Computer Interaction (ACI) at The University of Glasgow. My research explores ACI, which is how animals interact with computer systems and designing and building methods to capture this interaction. I am 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 our environment. Some of my work has included systems for dogs to communicate over the internet and novel systems for monkeys to play videos and audio. 

Previously, I got my Masters and a PhD degree in Computer Science from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) (UK) and undertook a postdoc at Aalto University (FI).

I publish primarily in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and animal science in top conferences/journals such as CHI, IJHCS, CSCW, ISS, Animals, etc. My research is also regularly featured in international news such as The GuardianNew ScientistWired Magazine and Huffington Post. I have also worked and published with industry, such as SnapChat and Microsoft Research

Feel free to send me a message for a chat, check out my blog where I talk to researchers, blog about conferences I’ve been too and projects I take in my spare time. You can also read my publications or look at my projects for more information on what I’ve worked on so far.

I always have several exciting PhD thesis topics open. Check out my open positions for more details.

Are you interested in working together on animal technologies? Please get in touch – I am always open for collaborations. If you are a zoo, animal organisation, educator, or start-up, many of the systems I make for animals are open access, including software, schematics, and how-to build guides. Get in touch if you want advice on using my systems or expert advice on developing animal technology. I specialise in developing low-cost computers which animals can control that run autonomously.

Contact Information

Email: ilyena.hirskyj-douglas [at] glasgow.ac.uk



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