Context-Awareness in a Persistent Hospital Companion Agent

  • Timothy Bickmore
  • Reza Asadi
  • Aida Ehyaei
  • Harriet Fell
  • Lori Henault
  • Stephen Intille
  • Lisa Quintiliani
  • Ameneh Shamekhi
  • Ha Trinh
  • Katherine Waite
  • Christopher Shanahan
  • Michael K. Paasche-Orlow
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9238)

Abstract

We describe the design and preliminary evaluation of a virtual agent that provides continual bedside companionship and a range of health, information, and entertainment functions to hospital patients during their stay. The agent system uses sensors to enable it to be aware of events in the hospital room and the status of the patient, in order to provide context-sensitive health counseling. Patients in the pilot study responded well to having the agent in their rooms for 1–3 days and engaged in 9.4 conversations per day with the agent on average, using all available functions.

Keywords

Relational agent Embodied conversational agent Medical informatics Health informatics Sleep promotion Sensors Accelerometer RFID 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Timothy Bickmore
    • 1
  • Reza Asadi
    • 1
  • Aida Ehyaei
    • 2
  • Harriet Fell
    • 1
  • Lori Henault
    • 3
  • Stephen Intille
    • 1
    • 3
  • Lisa Quintiliani
    • 4
  • Ameneh Shamekhi
    • 1
  • Ha Trinh
    • 1
  • Katherine Waite
    • 4
  • Christopher Shanahan
    • 4
  • Michael K. Paasche-Orlow
    • 4
  1. 1.College of Computer and Information ScienceNortheastern UniversityBostonUSA
  2. 2.College of EngineeringNortheastern UniversityBostonUSA
  3. 3.Bouvé College of Health SciencesNortheastern UniversityBostonUSA
  4. 4.Boston Medical CenterBostonUSA

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