Paper: A Framework for Health Behavior Change using Companionable Robots

ACL ID W14-4415
Title A Framework for Health Behavior Change using Companionable Robots
Venue International Conference on Natural Language Generation
Session Main Conference
Year 2014
Authors

In this paper, we describe a dialogue system framework for a companionable robot, which aims to guide patients to- wards health behavior changes via natu- ral language analysis and generation. The framework involves three broad stages, rapport building and health topic identifi- cation, assess patient?s opinion of change, and designing plan and closing session. The framework uses concepts from psy- chology, computational linguistics, and machine learning and builds on them. One of the goals of the framework is to ensure that the Companionbot builds and main- tains rapport with patients.