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HABIT: Horse Automated Behaviour Identification Tool: a position paper

North, Steve; Hall, Carol; Roshier, Amanda; Mancini, Clara

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Steve North

Carol Hall

Clara Mancini



Abstract

HABIT (Horse Automated Behaviour Identification Tool) is an Animal Computer Interaction (ACI) project, on the interdisciplinary boundary between equitation science and computer science. HABIT will automate the analysis and recognition of horse-to-horse and horse-to-human behaviours, as observed in unconstrained / ad-hoc video. A horse-to-horse dyad video dataset will be compiled, illustrating exemplar behaviours. Behavioural signatures will be manually identified from video. Next, a system will be developed and trained to recognise these signatures. The tool will then be evaluated, when applied to both horse-to-horse and horse-to-human video clips. In the study of animal behaviour, an ‘ethogram’ is a set of comprehensive descriptions of the characteristic behaviour patterns of a species. HABIT is potentially the first step towards the ‘automated ethogram’. This project provides a welfare-orientated approach to evaluating horse behaviours. When horses are handled, trained or ridden, HABIT will help ensure that these experiences occur within the natural repertoire of equine behaviours. There is also scope to engage and educate the public about horse behaviours; both for general interest and to raise welfare-awareness. Additionally, automation could play an important methodological role in animal-centred design by reducing human biases during the requirements and evaluation processes.

Publication Date Jul 13, 2015
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Book Title British HCI 2015: proceedings of the 2015 Britsh HCI conference
ISBN 9781450336437
APA6 Citation North, S., Hall, C., Roshier, A., & Mancini, C. (2015). HABIT: Horse Automated Behaviour Identification Tool: a position paper. In British HCI 2015: proceedings of the 2015 Britsh HCI conference
Keywords ACI
animal behavior
automated behaviour identification
automated ethogram
equine
equitation science
ethology
horse
H.5.m. Information interfaces and presentation (e.g., HCI): Miscellaneous
H.5.1 Multimedia Information Systems (video)
I.2.10 Visi
Publisher URL http://doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.1.3395.0881
Related Public URLs http://habithorse.co.uk
https://sites.google.com/site/acibhci2015/home
http://british-hci2015.org/program/workshops
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information Published in: British HCI 2015 : proceedings of the 2015 Britsh HCI conference. ACM, 2015, 9781450336437, pp. 334.

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