Research

Designing Conversational Agents for Healthcare and Beyond

We work on simulating face-to-face counseling, primarily in health education and health behavior change interventions, with a particular focus on the relational aspects of these interactions and how they unfold over time.

projects

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We are investigating the use of these Relational Agents in task domains in which human-agent relationships actually improve task outcomes, such as in coaching, counseling, psychotherapy and healthcare.

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conference

Intelligent Virtual Agents 2020

RAG members presented three papers at the Intelligent Virtual Agents conference.

October, 2020.

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JAMA Article

Trial of bilingual virtual exercise coach appears in JAMA.

September, 2020.

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Lancet Article

Trial of preconception care agent appears in Lancet.

September, 2020.

award

HRI Best Paper Award

‘Cancer Genetic Counseling by Humanoid Robot’ won Best Paper Award at the Human-Robot Interaction Conference.

March, 2020.

award

CHI Honorable Mention

‘Investigating Opportunities for Crowdsourcing in Church-Based Health Interventions: A Participatory Design Study’ won Honorable Mention at the CHI Conference.

March, 2020.

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Grand Rounds

Prof. Bickmore gave a Grand Rounds talk on Relational Agents for Cancer Prevention and Care at the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit

November 7, 2019

Team

Meet the People behind our research

Our team advance the state of the art through research and software engineering.

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