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
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781450369749
StatePublished - 3 Jul 2020
Event2020 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2020 - Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 6 Jul 202010 Jul 2020


Conference2020 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2020


  • Co-design
  • Design
  • Drone
  • Hci4d
  • Human-drone Interaction
  • Social robotics
  • Uav

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software


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