Fields of use
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.
Understanding the importance of situated conversational agents
In the Relational Agents Group, professor Timothy Bickmore conducts basic 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, the researchers can evaluate the efficacy of the robot in facilitating counselling interactions with one or more users.
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