Christena Nippert-Eng is a sociologist and Professor of Informatics at IUB. Her scholarly interests include cognition, culture, gender, privacy, time, space, everyday life, ethnography, user-centered design and, most recently, the social behavior of nonhuman animals, especially the rest of the great apes.
Technology impacts the lives of humans every day, and we can use that same technology to study and improve the lives of animals.
Animal Informatics is a growing field that focuses on designing technology specifically for animals that can help humans understand how animals interact with their environment with the goal of increasing their quality of life. It’s also about ways in which animal-human interaction can be beneficial to all involved.