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Please Tell Me About It: Self-Reflection Conversational Robots to Help with Loneliness

We introduce a conversational social robot designed for long-term in-home use to help with loneliness. Our simple design leverages techniques from psychology to encourage self-reflection and promote wellness. To increase feasibility, we pay special attention to simple and robust robotic interaction, avoiding complex behaviors that may be prohibitively complex (i.e., possible in lab but not deployable) or unpredictable (e.g., generated speech saying something inappropriate). We present a novel robot behavior design to have simple self-reflection conversations with people to improve wellness, while still being feasible, deployable, and safe.

Adriana Lorena González. James E. Young. 2020. Please Tell Me About It: Self-Reflection Conversational Robots to Help with Loneliness. In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction (HAI '20), November 10–13, 2020, Virtual Event, NSW, Australia. ACM, 2 pages. https://doi.org/10.1145/3406499.3418764

Authors

James E.Young

James E.Young

Associate Professor