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Recalling shared memories in an embodied conversational agent : personalized robot support for children with diabetes in the PAL project

Schreuder Goedheijt, Bart (2017) Recalling shared memories in an embodied conversational agent : personalized robot support for children with diabetes in the PAL project.

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Abstract:The PAL project aims to help children with type 1 diabetes to improve their self-management skills using a social robot and its virtual avatar. It has been challenging to gain a long-term relationship with a robot or virtual character. After the novelty effect wears off, the interest of the user decreases over time. The aim of this project was to explore and develop personalized interactions with the children, using episodic memory to improve the engagement and diabetes self-management. A module was built that could capture and refer to shared experiences between the PAL actor and the child. During an experiment with children, the usage decreased over time after the novelty effect wore off. No increases in affection, motivation and diabetes self-management were found after the implementation of the episodic memory module. The full potential of episodic memory was however untested, as the novelty effect already wore off before the implementation. Further research is recommended in order to assess the benefits of an improved version of the episodic memory update during an A/B test.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science
Programme:Interaction Technology MSc (60030)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/80062
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