Restricted Research - Award List, Note/Discussion Page

Fiscal Year: 2013

676  University of North Texas  (20154)

Principal Investigator: Nielsen,Rodney D

Total Amount of Contract, Award, or Gift (Annual before 2011): $ 1,118,752

Exceeds $250,000 (Is it flagged?): Yes

Start and End Dates: 7/1/12 <> 8/31/15

Restricted Research: YES

Academic Discipline: Computer Science & Engineering

Department, Center, School, or Institute: College of Engineering

Title of Contract, Award, or Gift: SHW: Large: Collaborative Research: Companionbots For Proactive Therapeutic Dialog On Depression

Name of Granting or Contracting Agency/Entity: National Science Foundation

Program Title: Computer and Information Science and Engineering
CFDA Linked: Computer and Information Science and Engineering


This collaborative research investigates a new class of dialog-based, home robotic healthcare assistants to facilitate a new level of in-home, real-time care to elderly and depressed patients, providing lower total costs and higher quality of life. An emotive, physical avatar, called a companionbot, which possesses the ability to engage humans in a way that is unobtrusive and suspends disbelief will be built in this project. The companionbot will be an integration of human language technology, vision, other sensory processing and emotive robotic technology to proactively recognize and dialog with isolated and elderly patients suffering from depression.

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