We have just submitted our second peer-reviewed paper for publication. This paper will be a detailed summary of the first year of Gorilla Game Lab, in terms of evaluating the device as a form of cognitive enrichment for gorillas at Bristol Zoo. Stay tuned for publication updates.
Fay will be a plenary speaker at the International Conference on Environmental Enrichment in June 2019, hosted by the University of Kyoto Japan. She will be presenting a detailed account of Gorilla Game Lab so that other zoos and enrichment researchers can benefit from our findings. https://www.iceekyoto.org/
We currently have two Bachelors students from the University of the West of England, Nathan and Mark, undertaking research as part of the Gorilla Game Lab team. Nathan and Mark are working side by side, to evaluate different aspects of the device. Nathan is taking a really zoomed-in look at how gorillas use their hands when they use the device. Mark is doing the opposite, looking more holistically at the whole troop’s behaviour on days when the device is present, and absent. A big thanks to Lucy Mason at Bristol Zoo for her assistance with coding video footage, and volunteer Kevin Murphy for filming assistance.
We have been drumming up media attention for the Gorilla Game Lab project, working with the press team at Bristol Zoo, as well as Reuters. Our project was featured on the regional news, BBC World Service, and Stuart even made it onto Talk Radio!
Last night, we held our official project launch evening at Bristol Zoo Gardens. The event was well-attended; we invited around 100 guests to get the first look at the Gorilla Game Lab enrichment device, and hear about our research journey. This included our funders the Brigstow Institute, colleagues, students, the media, and interested members of the public. The audience got a change to ask the team questions, have a go at the real device (gorilla gloves were optional!) and design their own device module.
EVENT NOTICE: Gorilla Game Lab evening lecture, Bristol Zoo Gardens, Wednesday 14th November 18:00-19:30h.
Join us for a special evening lecture at the zoo, where the Gorilla Game Lab team will be discussing how the project has progressed so far, and our plans for the future. Register for free on Eventbrite, tickets are limited https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gorilla-game-lab-tickets-51582249898?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
Our paper entitled “Gorilla Game Lab: Exploring Modularity, Tangibility and Playful Engagement in Cognitive Enrichment Design” has been accepted for publication at the Animal Human Interaction Conference this year in Atlanta, Georgia. Stuart will be leading on this, and we can’t wait to share our project with our ACI peers at this exciting meeting.
Come and join us for a Brigstow Ideas lunch that brings together two of our current projects for brief work-in-progress presentations and an opportunity for questions and conversation from you. These interdisciplinary projects explore very different aspects of animal-human interactions, from the tacit knowledge of beekeeping to using creative technology to engage gorillas in play!
The projects are:
- Gorilla Game Lab led by Stuart Gray (Computer Science and Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship), with Peter Bennett (Computer Science), Fay Clark (Bristol Zoological Society), Katy Burgess (Experimental Psychology) and Kirsten Cater (Computer Science and Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship).
- Little Things Rule the World: The Enlivening Practices of Apiculture and Hand-made Filmmaking led by Merle Patchett (Geographical Sciences), with Rachel Murray (Department of English) and Vicky Smith (Bristol Experimental & Expanded Film (BEEF)).
Our understanding is that the venue is wheelchair accessible and a hearing loop will be available
Book with Eventbrite to join us.