CATE: An Embodied Conversational Agent for the Elderly

Sean Bravo, Cedric Herrera, Edward Valdez, Klint Poliquit, Jennifer Ureta, Jocelynn Cu, Judith Azcarraga, Joanna Rivera

Abstract

Social isolation and loneliness affect one-third to one-half of the elderly population, and these have a very negative impact on the physical and mental health of the elderly. Cate is an Embodied Conversational Agent designed to alleviate social isolation and loneliness of the elderly. It takes in user inputs through buttons and responds through text-to-speech and emotion animations developed with the use of SmartBody. Interviews were conducted to identify what the elders like to talk about and how elders interact in general. An end-user evaluation form and an observation checklist were used to see what the elders thought of the application. Cate achieved an overall satisfaction score of 3.98 on a scale of 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest). Based on the results, elders generally like interacting with Cate and can see Cate as a possible companion.

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in Harvard Style

Bravo S., Herrera C., Valdez E., Poliquit K., Ureta J., Cu J., Azcarraga J. and Rivera J. (2020). CATE: An Embodied Conversational Agent for the Elderly.In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence - Volume 2: ICAART, ISBN 978-989-758-395-7, pages 941-948. DOI: 10.5220/0009174009410948


in Bibtex Style

@conference{icaart20,
author={Sean Bravo and Cedric Herrera and Edward Valdez and Klint Poliquit and Jennifer Ureta and Jocelynn Cu and Judith Azcarraga and Joanna Rivera},
title={CATE: An Embodied Conversational Agent for the Elderly},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence - Volume 2: ICAART,},
year={2020},
pages={941-948},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0009174009410948},
isbn={978-989-758-395-7},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence - Volume 2: ICAART,
TI - CATE: An Embodied Conversational Agent for the Elderly
SN - 978-989-758-395-7
AU - Bravo S.
AU - Herrera C.
AU - Valdez E.
AU - Poliquit K.
AU - Ureta J.
AU - Cu J.
AU - Azcarraga J.
AU - Rivera J.
PY - 2020
SP - 941
EP - 948
DO - 10.5220/0009174009410948