Chasing Lions: Co-designing human-drone interaction in sub-saharan Africa

Anna Wojciechowska, Foad Hamidi, Andrés Lucero, Jessica R. Cauchard

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Drones are an exciting technology that is quickly being adopted in the global consumer market. Africa has become a center of deployment with the first drone airport established in Rwanda and drones currently being used for applications such as medical deliveries, agriculture, and wildlife monitoring. Despite this increasing presence of drones, there is a lack of research on stakeholders' perspectives from this region. We ran a human-drone interaction user study (N=15) with experts from several sub-Saharan countries using a co-design methodology. Participants described novel applications and identified important design aspects for the integration of drones in this context. Our results highlight the potential of drones to address real world problems, the need for them to be culturally situated, and the importance of considering the social aspects of their interaction with humans. This research highlights the need for diverse perspectives in the human-drone interaction design process.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS 2020 - Proceedings of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781450369749
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2020
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems: More than Human Centred Design - Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 6 Jul 202010 Jul 2020

Publication series

NameDIS 2020 - Proceedings of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference


ConferenceACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
Abbreviated titleDIS
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  • Co-design
  • Design
  • Drone
  • Hci4d
  • Human-drone Interaction
  • Social robotics
  • Uav

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