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MyCompanion: A digital social companion for assisted living

Loizides, Fernando, Jones, Kathryn E., Abbasi, Daniel, Cardwell, Christopher, Jones, Ieuan, Turner, Liam D., Hassoulas, Athanasios, Bale, Ashley and Morgan, Scott 2019. MyCompanion: A digital social companion for assisted living. Presented at: INTERACT 2019, Paphos, Cyprus, 2–6 Sep 2019. Published in: Lamas, David, Loizides, Fernando, Nacke, Lennart, Petrie, Helen, Winckler, Marco and Zaphiris, Panayiotis eds. Human-Computer Interaction: INTERACT 2019, Part IV. Lecture Notes in Computer Science Cham, Switzerland: Springer Verlag, pp. 649-653. 10.1007/978-3-030-29390-1_55

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Abstract

In this work, we present the initial progressive build of a prototype system, dubbed MyCompanion. MyCompanion to improve assisted living, ultimately targeting alleviating social exclusion and loneliness. The system, based on a Raspberry Pi, connects to a user’s television set and tracks data from sensors placed around the house. An inbuilt artificial intelligence chat-bot then listens to, as well as instantiates, conversation with the user based on self-imposed triggers. Data from the sensors inform MyCompanion in real time user behaviour and records these readings. We also port MyCompanion software to an anthropomorphic version inside a humanoid robot for us to be able to give a physical dimension to the digital character.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Computer Science & Informatics
Publisher: Springer Verlag
ISBN: 978-3-030-29389-5
ISSN: 0302-9743
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2020 14:44
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/125231

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