Animal informatics, including the subfield of animal-computer-interaction, is an applied research program of interest to the pet care industry, captive animal management (e.g. zoos, aquariums, livestock), animal welfare organizations, assistive and therapeutic support animal programs, veterinary medicine, wildlife conservation, and the cognitive, biological, and evolutionary sciences.See faculty in animal informatics
Designing technology with, for, and about animals
Maker applications for animals
From pets to zoo animals we can now provide unique enrichment opportunities for animals, (such as the dog or rhino "Foobler"), and more appropriate interfaces for service animals, such as nose-friendly light switches, as well as assistive technology for animals themselves, including 3-D replacement limbs.
Automated quality of life
Innovative, often sensor-based data capture and analysis can be used to monitor captive animal health and wellness. Whether for livestock, zoos, or more temporary home.
Wildlife (and poacher) tracking and monitoring
Whether it's tracking & monitoring the movements of deer in Bloomington; diseased or endangered species in Indiana; or the migration patterns of animals throughout the world living on land, in the ocean, or in the air, these technologies include light-as-a-feather sensor design and data capture, the deployment and analysis of video data from drones, and still-image capture and analysis from social media.
By studying how animals learn and thing, we can discover which cognitive abilities are shared across the animal kingdom and which abilities are uniquely human. Moreover, by leveraging insights from animal cognition, we aim to build artificial brains with the same power and flexibility as biological brains.
Interspecies relationships and education
Whether it's through stunning exhibit design; novel approaches to data collection, analysis, and visualization; simulations and immersive experiences; or even the translation of other species' multisensory forms of communication. Technological innovation can help us understand animals and improve our interactions with them in remarkable ways.