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Towards the Implementation of an Intelligent Software Agent for the Elderly

  • Author / Creator
    Faghih Dinevari, Amir Hossein
  • With the growing population of the elderly and the decline of population growth rate, developed countries are facing problems in taking care of their elderly. One of the issues that is becoming more severe is the issue of companionship for the aged people, particularly those who chose to live independently. In order to assist the elderly, we suggest the idea of a software conversational intelligent agent as a companion and assistant. In this work, we look into the different components that are necessary for creating a personal conversational agent. We have a preliminary implementation of each component. Among them, we have a personalized knowledge base which is populated by the extracted information from the conversations between the user and the agent. We believe that having a personalized knowledge base helps the agent in having better, more fluent and contextual conversations. We created a prototype system and conducted a preliminary evaluation to assess by users conversations of an agent with and without a personalized knowledge base.

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  • Graduation date
    2017-06:Spring 2017
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3NV99P5W
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Computing Science
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Zaiane, Osmar R. (Computing Science)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Gouglas, Sean (History and Classics/Humanities Computing)
    • Greg Kondrak (Computing Science)