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Dr Steve North

EASE Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Anthrozoology)

Steve is a Research Fellow in Computational Anthrozoology with the Exeter Anthrozoology as Symbiotic Ethics (EASE) working group.

Described in the media as ‘The Digital Horse Whisperer’, Steve is a Computer Science researcher, mainly working in Computational Anthrozoology and Animal-Computer Interaction (ACI). Through the HABIT (Horse Automated Behaviour Identification) project, he studied Horse-Computer Interaction, focusing on automated behavior identification from video. This involved the development of software for AI, machine learning and computer vision. Steve is also a qualified ‘natural horsemanship’ instructor, with animal behaviour, ethology and horse training experience.

His recent projects include:

Digi Tails: Auto-Prediction of Street Dog Emotions

Umamimi Robotic Horse Ears

 

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Research interests

Steve's research crosses the methodological boundaries, using quantitative, qualitative and descriptive approaches, as appropriate. More recently, he has been exploring the more esoteric avenues of: nonhuman animal somatechnics, autoethnography, design / speculative fiction, ethnographic science fiction, literary animal studies and imaginary studies. He is also interested in ‘roboethics’ (robot ethics), particularly as it applies to our treatment of robotic non-humans (real and fictional). This applies both in terms of their ethical significance as potential ‘beings able to understand their own suffering’ and as a mirror to our treatment of carbon-based non-humans.

Research supervision

Steve supervises student dissertations on the MA Anthrozoology by distance learning for the Dissertation Module ANTM904.

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Grants

Name of the awarding body: The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) via a parent platform grant 'Living with Digital Ubiquity ' - EPSRC ref. EP/M000877/1), held by the University of Nottingham

Name(s) of grantholder(s): The applicant (for the exploratory project)

Title of project: HABIT (Horse Automated Behaviour Identification Tool)

Amount awarded: £30,000

Applicant’s role in the project: Project Lead

Start date of support: May 2014

End date of support: October 2014

 

Name of the awarding body: NASA (Agent-Based Spacecraft Autonomy Team, Advanced Architectures and Automation Branch)

Name(s) of grantholder(s): applicant

Title of project: PlAudit: visualizing decision-making behaviours in agent-based autonomous spacecraft

Amount awarded: £75,000

Applicant’s role in the project: awardee and Project Lead

Start date of support: January 2003

End date of support: December 2003

 

Name of the awarding body: The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Name(s) of grantholder(s): Ms. A. Fatah gen Schieck & Professor A. Penn

Title of project: ‘Screens in the Wild’ - exploring the potential of networked urban screens for communities and culture  (EPSRC ref. EP/I031839/1)

Amount awarded: £234,000

Applicant’s role in the project: Postdoc researcher and developer

Start date of support: Nov 2011

End date of support: July 2013

 

Name of the awarding body: The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Name(s) of grantholder(s): Professor G.M. Winch, Professor A. Penn and Professor A.J.D. Edkins

Title of project: THE VIRTUAL CONSTRUCTION SITE: A DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR CONSTRUCTION PLANNING (EPSRC grant reference: GR/N00876)

Amount awarded: £80,485.00

Applicant’s role in the project: Researcher and lead software system developer

Start date of support: Sept 2001

End date of support: Feb 3003

At completion the reviewers rated this project as:

Research Quality: Internationally Leading

Research Planning: Tending to Internationally Leading

Potential Impact: Tending to Internationally Leading

Research Staff: Tending to Outstanding

Communication: Tending to Outstanding

Potential Benefits: Good

Cost Effectiveness: Good

 

Name of the awarding body: Research Councils UK (RCUK)

Name(s) of grantholder(s): Dr Ian Anderson, School of Humanities, University of Glasgow

Title of project: ‘Multidimensional Visualisation of Archival Finding Aids’ (RCUK ref: 119340/1)

Amount awarded: £42,354

Applicant’s role in the project: Postdoc research fellow and lead software developer

Start date of support: May 2006

End date of support: June 2007

 

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