AAAI Publications, Workshops at the Twenty-Ninth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence

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Companion-Based Ambient Robust Intelligence (CARING)
Bonnie Dorr, Lucian Galescu, Edward Golob, K. Brent Venable, Yorick Wilks

Last modified: 2015-04-01


We present a Companion-based Ambient Robust INtelliGence (CARING) system, for communication with, and support of, clients with Traumatic brain injury (TBI) or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). A central component of this system is an artificial companion, combined with a range of elements for ambient intelligence. The companion acts as a personalized intermediary for multi-party communication between the client, the environment (e.g. a Smart Home), caregivers and health professionals. CARING is based on tightly coupled systems drawing from natural language processing, speech recognition and adaptation, deep language understanding and constraint-based knowledge representation and reasoning. A major innovation of the system is its ability to adapt and accommodate different interfaces associated with different client capabilities and needs. The system will use, as a proxy, different interaction requirements of clients (e.g., Brain-Computer Interfaces) at different stages of ALS progression and with different types of TBI impairments. Ultimately, this technology is expected to improve the quality of life for clients through conversation with a computer.


assistive computing; companions; ALS; TBI

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