RELATIONAL AGENTS GROUPRelational Agents are computer agents designed to form long-term, social-emotional relationships with their users. We are investigating the use of these agents in task domains in which human-agent relationships actually improve task outcomes, such as in coaching, counseling, psychotherapy and healthcare.
An agent that counsels patients on their options for surgical anesthesia.
A portable exercise counselor that can sense your walking behavior.
A hospital bedside patient education system for individuals with low health literacy, focused on pre-discharge medication adherence and self-care counseling.
A physical activity intervention for older adults with low health literacy, deployed in a geriatics clinic and designed to sustain long-term adherence.
A testbed for conducting longitudinal studies in human-computer relationships.
Formalization of concepts and techniques in health behavior counseling to enhance re-usability of health behavior change dialogue systems.
A home-based counseling agent to promote antipsychotic medication adherence, designed for patients with Schizophrenia.
A home-based Virtual Coach that promotes exercise and healthy eating, and automatically incorporates data wirelessly transmitted from pedometers.
A web-based health counselor agent designed for a year-long intervention, promoting physical activity and ultraviolet radiation avoidance to prevent cancer.
A community center-based exercise promotion agent, linguistically and culturally adapted for a population of Spanish-speaking Latino older adults.
Investigation of verbal and nonverbal teaching behaviors that can be used to explain complex health documents to individuals with low health literacy.
A relational agent designed for use in a public space (Boston Museum of Science), featuring biometric user identification.
Investigation of strategies a relational agent can use to calm and comfort users.