Generation of multi-party dialogues among embodied conversational agents to promote active living and healthy diet for subjects suffering from type 2 diabetes

Kuthethur Sneha Jagannath Das, Tessa Beinema, Harm Op Den Akker, Hermie Hermens

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    Abstract

    Diabetes Mellitus is a chronic condition that is highly prevalent in the geriatric population. Self-management plays a key role in the management of this condition. Leading an active lifestyle and having a healthy meal are cornerstones in managing this condition. Now with the advancement in Information and Communication Technology (ICT), continuous and proactive care from the affected individual's side is possible. A change in the individual's behaviour would be beneficial in pursuing physical activity and adopting a healthy diet. This paper focuses on providing a dialogue based virtual health coaching through multiple Embodied Conversational Agents (ECAs), using strategies such as Motivational Interviewing (MI), Theories of Behaviour Change and Behaviour Change Techniques (BCTs). The dialogues are constructed to induce a behaviour change and promote motivation in the affected subjects to work on improving their physical activity and diet plan.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationICT4AWE 2019 - Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health
    EditorsMartina Ziefle, Leszek Maciaszek, Leszek Maciaszek
    PublisherSCITEPRESS
    Pages297-304
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Electronic)9789897583681
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
    Event5th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health, ICT4AWE 2019 - Heraklion, Greece
    Duration: 2 May 20194 May 2019
    Conference number: 5
    http://www.ict4ageingwell.org/EHA.aspx?y=2019

    Conference

    Conference5th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health, ICT4AWE 2019
    Abbreviated titleICT4AWE 2019
    CountryGreece
    CityHeraklion
    Period2/05/194/05/19
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    Keywords

    • Behaviour Change
    • Embodied Conversational Agents
    • Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
    • Virtual Coaching

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    Das, K. S. J., Beinema, T., Op Den Akker, H., & Hermens, H. (2019). Generation of multi-party dialogues among embodied conversational agents to promote active living and healthy diet for subjects suffering from type 2 diabetes. In M. Ziefle, L. Maciaszek, & L. Maciaszek (Eds.), ICT4AWE 2019 - Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health (pp. 297-304). SCITEPRESS. https://doi.org/10.5220/0007750602970304