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Embodied Conversational Agents

Furhat as a platform for developing Embodied Conversational Agents (ECAs)

Researchers in artificial intelligence and conversational technologies are embodying conversational applications on social robots to understand the implications of conversational agents in our everyday lives.

Furhat comes with a fully-fledged conversational platform that allows researchers and developers to build full conversational agents with Furhat. But also, the platform comes with easily programmable interfaces that make it straightforward to plug-in any other dialogue system, that is developed in other platforms, directly to Furhat, making it possible to use all the out-of-the-box functionality that comes with the Furhat platform, together with other researcher platforms used to design conversational agents.

Key benefits

  • Full-functionality conversational platform
  • Easy to connect to other dialogue systems
  • Out-of-the-box Speech and Computer Vision systems
  • Support for tens of personalities and languages

Customer spotlight

Long-term interactions with conversational robots

At the Relational Agents Group at the Northeastern University in Boston USA, Professor Timothy Bickmore and his research group conduct basic and applied research on the development of Relational Agents, especially in the area of health counselling applications.

The researchers mainly use the Furhat robot for coaching, counselling and psychotherapy, studying how we can build robots that can interact with one or more people over prolonged periods and develop social-emotional relationships with these users.

Example projects include a couples counsellor robot that promotes positive communication behaviour in romantic couples, a robot that functions as a public speaking coach, and a robot facilitator for business meetings.

By controlling the attention, facial expressions and tone of voice of the robot, in addition to creating complex dialogue structures with state of the art Natural Langauge Understanding, the researchers can evaluate the efficacy of the robot in facilitating counselling interactions with one or more users.

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