Wild Dolphin Project
Dolphins and computers: Rethinking Species-specific Interfaces for Animal Communication Studies
Live: Sept 12 Monday 8:00AM in Atlanta, USA and 1:00PM in Cambridge, UK
Dolphins are known to be social creatures, both within their own societies and with other species including humans. Since the 1960’s various keyboards and interfaces have been used to study dolphin communication, both in the wild and in captivity. These interfaces have evolved over the decades, both technologically and methodologically. Many of the interfaces have been designed using frameworks from primate communication research. We will review the history of keyboards and interfaces for these aquatic mammals with a discussion of their challenges, successes, failures, and contributions to the science.
Dr. Denise Herzing, Research Director of the Wild Dolphin Project, has completed 38 years of her long-term study of the Atlantic spotted dolphins in the Bahamas. She is a Ph.D., an Affiliate Assistant Professor in Biology at Florida Atlantic University, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a fellow with the Explorers Club. She is co-editor of Dolphin Communication and Cognition, author of “Dolphin Diaries: My 25 years with Spotted Dolphins in the Bahamas” and “The Wild Dolphin Project”. Her work has appeared in National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, and on Nature, Discovery, PBS, ABC, BBC, NHK, PBS, and TED2013.