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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: 1st Symposium on Intelligent Systems for Animal Welfare, AISB-50, April 1st-4th 2014, Goldsmiths, London. UK


The boundaries between the disciplines of artificial intelligence (AI) and animal studies have 
been extensively studied from different angles: developing biologically inspired AI, modeling 
animal behaviour, interaction and cognition, and building robotic animals are just some examples 
of the current thrust to explore the multifaceted connections between organic and artificial life. 
However, while there has been a strong focus on the emulation of biological models in computing, 
the connections between AI and animal welfare have received much less attention. The aim of this 
symposium is to explore these connections. We will take a bi-directional approach that brings 
together scholars from both AI and animal related disciplines who are interested in harnessing 
AI methodologies and tools for improving animal welfare. 

We welcome both empirical and conceptual works that: (1) take an AI perspective if the research 
is grounded in animal studies, or (2) take an animal welfare perspective if grounded in AI or 
related fields. Theoretical frameworks, experimental research and tool demonstrations are 

 We encourage contributions that come from a wide range of perspectives, including (but not 
limited to):

 The applications to animal studies of:

 - Machine learning
 - Data mining
 - Game theory
 - Knowledge representation and management
 - Knowledge discovery and acquisition
 - Modeling and simulation
 - Information visualization
 - Animal-computer interaction
 - Decision support systems

 The applications of AI in:

 - Veterinary medicine
 - Applied animal behavior
 - Farm and livestock management
 - Animal health surveillance
 - Ecology
 - Animal biology 

 Arturo Gonzales-Ferrer, Granada University, Spain
 Gerd Kortuem, The Open University, UK
 Shaun Lawson, University of Lincoln, UK
 Janet van der Linden, The Open University, UK
 Clara Mancini, The Open University, UK
 Daniel Mills, University of Lincoln, UK
 Suzanne Santamaria, Virginia Tech, US
 Stuart Turner, Leafpath Informatics, US
 Anna Zamansky, Haifa University, Israel
 Helen Zulch, University of Lincoln, UK

 Clara Mancini , The Open University, UK 
 Suzanne Santamaria, Virginia Tech, US 
 Anna Zamansky, University of Haifa, Israel  (Chair)

 Extended abstracts should be submitted via EasyChair: 
 Templates can be found at http://www.aisb.org.uk/convention/aisb08/download.html . 
 Submissions should be limited to four pages. Each submission will receive at least two reviews. 
Selected abstracts will be published in the general proceedings of the AISB Convention, with the 
proviso that at least one author attends the symposium in order to present the paper.

 Extended abstract submission deadline: 4 January 2014
 Notification of acceptance/rejection decisions: 3 February 2014
 Final versions of accepted abstracts (Camera ready copy): 24 February 2014
 Convention: 1-4 April 2014

 Please note that there will be separate proceedings for each symposium, produced before the 
convention. Each delegate will receive a memory stick containing the proceedings of all the 
symposia. In previous years there have been awards for the best student paper, and limited 
student bursaries. These details will be circulated as and when they become available. Authors 
of a selection of the best papers will be invited to submit an extended version of the work to 
a journal special issue.