An Empathetic AI Coach for Self-Attachment Therapy

Lisa Alazraki, Ali Ghachem, Neophytos Polydorou, Foaad Khosmood
IEEE Third International Conference on Cognitive Machine Intelligence (CogMI)
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

In this work, we present a new dataset and a computational strategy for a digital coach that aims to guide users in practicing the protocols of self-attachment therapy. Our framework augments a rule-based conversational agent with a deep-learning classifier for identifying the underlying emotion in a user’s text response, as well as a deep-learning assisted retrieval method for producing novel, fluent and empathetic utterances. We also craft a set of human-like personas that users can choose to interact with.