We want to improve horse welfare

by using computers to recognise the natural range of equine behaviours.

A bit more about our project...

An exploratory university research project, considering the use of technology to automatically recognise horse behaviours. Partners include: The University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University.
It will be used as a means of assessing equine behaviour, from a welfare perspective: when horses interact with humans, are they still within their natural repertoire of horse-to-horse behaviours?

Research Fellow

Mixed Reality Laboratory
School of Computer Science
University of Nottingham, UK


School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences
Nottingham Trent University, UK

Assistant Professor in Anatomy and Behaviour

School of Veterinary Medicine and Science
University of Nottingham, UK

Associate Professor
Head of Animal-Computer Interaction Lab
Computing and Communications Department
The Open University, UK

Research outputs from this project

Steve North's 'Give me Poetical Science' @ RM4ACI (Research Methods in ACI) workshop, ACI2016

Steve North, 2016. Give me poetical science: an invited speaker abstract for RM4ACI (Research Methods in ACI) workshop. In Animal Computer Interaction (ACI2016), The Open Univeristy, Milton Keynes, UK. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/ 10.13140/RG.2.2.25970.71366

Intro to Special ACI Section: ACM 'Interactions'

Steve North and Clara Mancini, 2016. Introduction: frameworks for ACI: animals as stakeholders in the design process. Interactions. ACM (Association for Computing Machinery): New York, NY, USA. 23, 4, 34-36. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2946043. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2946043

Article by Hall and Roshier in Special ACI Section: ACM 'Interactions'

Carol Hall and Amanda Roshier, 2016. Getting the measure of behavior... is seeing believing? Interactions. ACM (Association for Computing Machinery): New York, NY, USA. 23, 4, 42-46. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2944164

Article in ACM 'Interactions'

Steve North. 2016. Do androids dream of electric steeds? The allure of horse-computer interaction. Interactions. ACM (Association for Computing Machinery): New York, NY, USA. 23, 2 (March-April), 50-53. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2882529

Video poster for ACI2015

Steve North, Carol Hall, Amanda Roshier and Clara Mancini. 2015. Habit (Horse Automated Behaviour Identification Tool) Video Poster. In The Second International Congress on Animal Computer Interaction (ACI2015). Proceedings of the 2015 International Workshops on Advances in Computer Entertainment Conference (ACE2015) (2015). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.1.4924.6480

Position paper for ACI@BHCI workshop

Steve North, Carol Hall, Amanda Roshier and Clara Mancini. 2015. Habit: Horse Automated Behaviour Identification Tool – a Position Paper. In proceedings of ACI@BHCI (Animal Computer Interaction Workshop), British HCI 2015. Lincoln. BCS: UK. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.1.3395.0881


University of Nottingham video from Media Relations: 11 July 2016

Holly Kernot, 2016. Behavioural assessment tool aims to give voice to animals. In Vet Times (1 August).

2016. Researchers develop new horse behaviour software. In MRCVS Online (12 July).

Ilyena Hirskyj-Douglas, 2016. Finding out about Horse-Computer Interaction. In Animal Computer Interaction Design UCLAN (a web log) - University of Central Lancashire, Lancashire, UK.

18 July 2016. Digital Horse Whisperer Gives Animals a Voice. In Française Express.

Caroline Bankes, 2016. Could computer programme interpret horses' thoughts? In Horse & Hound (20 July).

Anthony Cuthbertson, 2016. Digital horse whisperer gives animals a voice. In Newsweek (20 July).

HABIT 0.5: an exploratory project, funded by the EPSRC under Platform Grant 'Living with Digital Ubiquity' reference: EP/M000877/1.