Project

Personalized Emotional Wellness Coach

The diagnosis and tracking of mood disorders still rely on clinical assessments, originating more than 50 years ago, of self-reported depressive symptoms via surveys and interviews. Such methods are known to provide limited accuracy and reliability in addition to being costly to track and scale. Once a problem is detected, providing personalized daily intervention and support is also too costly and does not scale. The goal of this pilot project is to develop a proof of concept of personalized emotional wellness coach focusing on key technology modules to create an emotionally intelligent social robot for this targeted domain. We shall also conduct a pilot evaluation with a five-week user study to evaluate the robot coach with respect to its ability to successfully sustain a user long-term adherence (i.e., daily self-report and efficacious advice)—with the expected result that it is more effective than state-of-the-art, gamified mobile apps currently used. 

The diagnosis and tracking of mood disorders still rely on clinical assessments, originating more than 50 years ago, of self-reported depressive symptoms via surveys and interviews. Such methods are known to provide limited accuracy and reliability in addition to being costly to track and scale. Once a problem is detected, providing personalized daily intervention and support is also too costly and does not scale. The goal of this pilot project is to develop a proof of concept of personalized emotional wellness coach focusing on key technology modules to create an emotionally intelligent social robot for this targeted domain. We shall also conduct a pilot evaluation with a five-week user study to evaluate the robot coach with respect to its ability to successfully sustain a user long-term adherence (i.e., daily self-report and efficacious advice)—with the expected result that it is more effective than state-of-the-art, gamified mobile apps currently used. 

Research Topics
#social robotics #wellbeing