Responsible Intelligent agents & Intelligent human/agent-agent interaction
Our mission is to understand and engineer collaboration between humans & agents. We develop theories, models and methods of interactive intelligence by combining methods from AI and the social sciences.
About the group
The Interactive Intelligence (II) section focusses on socially interactive, intelligent agents. We research the intelligence that underlies and co-evolves during the repeated interactions of human and technology “agents” who cooperate to achieve a joint goal. Our research program aims for synergy and social interaction between humans and technology, to empower humans in their social context. The new technological challenges we face arise from the need to integrate Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Engineering, and behavioural sciences. In particular, the technological challenge is to develop socially aware agents that in interaction with humans co-adapt and co-learn over time. Social awareness implies context-awareness with the knowledge to interpret the physical situation in social terms and the knowledge to behave in a distinctive individual way that is personalized towards those the agent interacts with. In this manner, we endeavour to develop the interactive agent technology that empowers humans and groups of humans to deal with the societal and individual challenges such as the increasing need for sustained self-management for healthy ageing, safety and life-long education.
Behaviour modelling, Mental models/ToM, Responsible AI/EXAI, Intelligent agents, Multi-modal perception systems, Knowledge representation x ML, Socio-cognitive engineering, Humane/Hybrid AI, Long-term interaction, Situated awareness.
We are part of the Department of Intelligent Systems.
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14 december 2022
This is how AI explains it well
We are proud to see Dr. Jasper van der Waa publish this article for IT professionals. If you are interested in following up on this research, please reach out to either Jasper himself, Catholijn Jonker (TUD), Jurriaan van Diggelen (TNO), or Mark Neerincx (TUD / TNO).
12 december 2022
How do smokers want to quit with a virtual coach?
To better understand smokers' needs for quitting with a virtual coach (i.e., a chatbot), Nele Albers, Dr. ir. Willem-Paul Brinkman and Prof. dr. Mark Neerincx conducted a study in which 671 smokers interacted with a text-based virtual coach in up to five conversational sessions spread over at least nine days. In each session, the virtual coach assigned people a new preparatory activity for quitting smoking or becoming more physically active, such as noting and ranking reasons for quitting smoking.