The Second International Summer School on Animal-Centered Computing


20-27 July , 2020

The Second International Summer School on Animal-Centered Computing

ACC Summer School

19 - 20 July, 2021

DUE TO COVID-19, THE ACC is going virtual. For details please see program section.


Animal-Centered Computing (ACC) brings together researchers and practitioners across computing, engineering, veterinary, and behavioral disciplines to promote synergistic interactions that advance hardware, software, and methodologies for technological systems that promote use by, and with, animals.
A partial focus list of areas of ACC includes, but is not limited to:

Developing technological solutions for improving animal welfare and well-being
Developing technological solutions that enable more effective and efficient communication between human and non-human animal species
Using new and existing technologies to improve our understanding of animal behavior, communication, health and welfare

Advancing the fields of animal science, animal behavior and veterinary science

Supporting animals in tasks they perform in our society

The First International ACC Summer School was organized by the University of LETI and the University of Haifa and was held virtually in August 2020. It aimed to introduce and engage students from both technological and animal-related backgrounds in the exciting new discipline that focuses on animals at the center of computing system design and development. 

More than 40 participants from 13 countries participated in the guest talks, activities, and discussions.

This year we plan to have a second edition of the summer school, with a special theme: Animal Body Language and Emotional State Recognition.


The aims of the second summer school are twofold:

Like in the previous year, promote the education of students with technical and biological backgrounds for working on the challenges related to animal understanding, welfare, and well-being.

Serve also as a platform for creating a network of researchers from different backgrounds interested in the recognition of body language and emotions of animals.

In light of the above, we plan to have two types of activities:

Introductory: aimed for students, covering basic topics in ACC:

  • Introduction to animal welfare, behavior, cognition, emotional states, neurology.

  • Introduction to AI and how it can promote our understanding of animal behavior.

  • Introduction to animal-computer interaction and design with and for animals.

  • Introduction to the study of human-animal relationships.

The students will have interactive meetings with mentors and will participate in a hackathon for developing a technological solution for a problem from the animal world under the mentoring of experts.

Advanced: aimed for researchers aiming to get an in-depth understanding of specific topics

  • Workshop in FACS (by Catia and Annika?)

  • Workshop in automatic behavior analysis (by Tech4A lab?)

Anna Zamansky
Information Systems Department, University of Haifa, Israel
Sabrina Karl
Dmitrii Kaplun
Automation and Control Processes Department, St. Petersburg State Electrotechnical University LETI
Dirk van der Linden
Department of Computer Science, University of Bristol, UK
Catia Caeiro