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Dr Dirk van der Linden

Assistant Professor

Department: Computer and Information Sciences

Dirk is a Senior Lecturer with the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at Northumbria University. His research intersects the human side of requirements engineering, cyberpsychology, and animal-computer interaction, focusing on understanding how people build and use technology in unexpected ways, and how this impacts the lives and livelihoods of its users (aka social implications of technology).

He is co-founder of the Tech4Animals Lab (www.tech4animals.org), an international multi-disciplinary research team developing and studying technology for animal science, welfare, well-being and the human-animal relationship. He is a steering member of the International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction, co-chaired the 2019 edition of the conference in Haifa, serves as general chair for the 2022 edition right here in Newcastle upon Tyne, and served on the organization committee of the International Summer School on Animal-Centered Computing.

Dirk has published over 70 peer-reviewed works including conference proceedings, journal articles, and book chapters, frequently collaborating with international and industrial partners. His work has been covered in press in multiple languages, informed policy briefings distributed among governmental and public bodies on e.g., pet data protection, and led to expert commentary in popular media.

But most importantly: he is always excited at the prospect of working with new students who share (some) research interests, and more than happy to introduce them to his network of collaborators. So if some of the above interests you, and you want to work on projects or your thesis, get in touch!

Dirk van der Linden

My main research interest is understanding how people build and use technology in unexpected ways, and how this impacts the lives and livelihoods of its users. I focus in particular on "interspecies information systems"—the emergent systems that arise when technology for animals informs humans of how to act towards animals, whether that be in the context of farming, working animals like guide dogs, companion animals like pets, or even wildlife.

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Digitally-Enhanced Dog Behavioral Testing, Farhat, N., Lazebnik, T., Monteny, J., Moons, C., Wydooghe, E., van der Linden, D., Zamansky, A. 1 Dec 2023, In: Scientific Reports
  • Multispecies Information Science, Solhjoo, N., Fuller, S., Hartel, J., Lueg, C., van der Linden, D. Oct 2023, In: Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology
  • Non-invasive canine electroencephalography (EEG): a systematic review, Kulgod, A., van der Linden, D., França, L., Jackson, M., Zamansky, A. 16 Aug 2023
  • On the role of technology in human-dog relationships: a future of nightmares or dreams?, van der Linden, D., Davidson, B., Hirsch-Matsioulas, O., Zamansky, A. 1 Dec 2023, In: IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society
  • Platform-controlled social media APIs threaten open science, Davidson, B., Wischerath, D., Racek, D., Parry, D., Godwin, E., Hinds, J., van der Linden, D., Roscoe, J., Ayravainen, L., Cork, A. 1 Dec 2023, In: Nature Human Behaviour
  • Animal-centered design needs dignity: a critical essay on ACI’s core concept, van der Linden, D. 5 Dec 2022, ACI '22: Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction, New York, ACM
  • Blind dogs need guides too: towards technological support for blind dog caregiving, Morgan, A., van der Linden, D. 5 Dec 2022, ACI '22: Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction, New York, ACM
  • Evaluation of Shelter Dog Activity Levels Before and During COVID-19 using Automated Analysis, Byosiere, S., Feighelstein, M., Wilson, K., Abrams, J., Elad, G., Farhat, N., van der Linden, D., Kaplun, D., Sinitca, A., Zamansky, A. 1 May 2022, In: Applied Animal Behaviour Science
  • How Can Technology Support Dog Shelters in Behavioral Assessment: an Exploratory Study, Hazan, Y., Hirsch-Matsioulas, O., van der Linden, D., Zamansky, A. 5 Dec 2022, ACI '22: Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction, New York, NY, USA, ACM
  • Influences of developers' perspectives on their engagement with security in code, Rauf, I., Lopez, T., Sharp, H., Petre, M., Tun, T., Levine, M., Towse, J., van der Linden, D., Rashid, A., Nuseibeh, B. 19 Jul 2022, CHASE '22: Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Cooperative and Human Aspects of Software Engineering, New York, NY, United States, ACM

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: 9th International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction 2022
  • Oral presentation: Interspecies information systems—what can you do? 2021
  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: The Second International Summer School on Animal-Centered Computing 2021
  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: The First International Summer School on Animal-Centered Computing 2020
  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: 6th International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction: Common Denominator, ACI 2019 2019
  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: 1st International Workshop on Facilitating Inclusive Requirements Engineering (FIRE 2018) 2018

Sam Gowland Cyberspace as a mediator of human-wildlife interactions Start Date: 01/10/2023

  • Information Systems PhD February 13 2015
  • Information Science MSc July 09 2010
  • Bioinformatics BSc July 06 2007
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy FHEA 2021


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