9th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brisbane, Australia
September 22-26, 2008

Physically Embodied Conversational Agents as Health and Fitness Companions

Markku Turunen (1), Jaakko Hakulinen (1), Cameron Smith (2), Daniel Charlton (2), Li Zhang (2), Marc Cavazza (2)

(1) University of Tampere, Finland; (2) University of Teesside, UK

We present a physical multimodal conversational Companion in the area of health and fitness. Conversational spoken dialogues using physical agents provide a potential interface for applications which are aimed at motivating and supporting users. Open source software called jNabServer, which enables spoken and multimodal interaction with Nabaztag/tag wireless rabbits, is presented together with other software architecture solutions applied in the development of the Companion. We also present how the Companion manages interaction with the combination of a dialogue manager and a cognitive model.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Turunen, Markku / Hakulinen, Jaakko / Smith, Cameron / Charlton, Daniel / Zhang, Li / Cavazza, Marc (2008): "Physically embodied conversational agents as health and fitness companions", In INTERSPEECH-2008, 2466-2469.