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.
Animal informatics is about using technology to improve our understanding of how nonhuman animals think and live, to promote their health and well-being, and to advance the mutually beneficial ways in which we interact with them. The animal informatics track in the informatics Ph.D. will prepare graduates for a career in academia; local, state, federal, and global wildlife conservation and management; research laboratories; animal-centered nonprofits such as shelters and sanctuaries; assistive and therapeutic programs; zoos and aquariums; livestock care and management; and the commercial pet industry.
We focus on five main areas of interest:
- Maker applications for animals
- Automated quality of life data capture and analysis
- Wildlife (and poacher) tracking and monitoring
- Animal cognition
- Interspecies relationships and education