HomeNL: Homecare Assistance in Natural Language. An Intelligent Conversational Agent for Hypertensive Patients Management

  • Lina Maria Rojas-Barahona
  • Silvana Quaglini
  • Mario Stefanelli
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5651)

Abstract

The prospective home-care management will probably offer intelligent conversational assistants for supporting patients at home through natural language interfaces. Homecare assistance in natural language, HomeNL, is a proof-of-concept dialogue system for the management of patients with hypertension. It follows up a conversation with a patient in which the patient is able to take the initiative. HomeNL processes natural language, makes an internal representation of the patients’ contributions, interprets sentences by reasoning about their meaning on the basis of a medical-knowledge representation and responds appropriately. HomeNL’s aim is to provide a laboratory for studying natural language processing (NLP) and intelligent dialogues in clinical domains.

Keywords

NLP Dialogue Systems Telemedicine Hypertension 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lina Maria Rojas-Barahona
    • 1
  • Silvana Quaglini
    • 1
  • Mario Stefanelli
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and SystemsUniversity of PaviaPaviaItalia

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