Empathic Conversational AI Agent for pain understanding and management

Currently in Canada, 8 out of 10 Canadians have ongoing musculoskeletal pain preventing from doing regular day to day activity, and looking for solutions for their pain. The proposed research is aimed to create a conversational chatbot that can engage in empathetic conversation to examine the effect of empathic conversation in engagement and pain management in users, by evoking self reflection and self-awareness in the user. With the empathetic technology developed, not only will Canadians be able to be guided through their pain to find the best solutions for them, they will be guided by this warm artificial intelligence that can make sense of what they say and is truly attuned to their pain.

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Amineh Ahmadinejad
Faculty Supervisor: 
Steve DiPaola
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British Columbia
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