A Robotic or Virtual Companion for Isolated Older Adults


We summarize the status of an ongoing project to develop and evaluate a companion, embodied as a robot or virtual agent, for isolated older adults. Three key issues in the project are: the embodiment of the agent, methods to reduce social isolation, and the nature of the social relationship between the user and the agent. Our agent/robot supports multiple activities, including discussing the weather, playing card socially, telling life stories, exercise coaching and video conferencing.

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Operating in a hierarchy of time scales for an always-on relational agent

  • C Rich, C Sidner, B Nooraei, W Coon
  • 2012