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Poster Presentation at CLIN33

In the 33rd meeting of Computational Linguistics in The Netherlands, we are going to present our gained insights and preliminary findings on the evaluation and usage of large language models within chatbots for health. The conference will be held on September 22, 2023 in the city campus of the University of Antwerp. More information on…

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Publication and Demo at CUI 2023

Our demo paper on our open-source hybrid conversational agent development framework software is accepted to be published in the proceedings of the 5th iteration of the ACM conference on Conversational User Interfaces (CUI). The publication also gained a spot in the conference for a demo presentation, which is going to take place between 19-21 July…

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Presentation at ICA 2023

This year, we’ll be presenting our preliminary work on the MISH (Motivational Interviewing for Sexual Health) chatbot at the 73rd International Communication Association (ICA) conference, which will be held on 25-29 May in Toronto, Canada. More information on the conference website: https://www.icahdq.org/mpage/ICA23 Reference Using counselling-inspired relational strategies to facilitate self-disclosure with a chatbot in a…

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Presentation at Etmaal 2023

At this year’s 25th Etmaal van de Communicatiewetenschap conference being held in Enschede (Netherlands), we’re going to present our preliminary work on the MISH (Motivational Interviewing Sexual Health) chatbot. Reference Using counselling-inspired relational strategies to facilitate self-disclosure with a chatbot in a sensitive domain: A qualitative study. Accepted for presentation at Etmaal van de Communicatiewetenschap…

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Publication at Nicotine & Tobacco Research Journal

Our systematic review and meta-analysis on the effectiveness and acceptability of chatbots for smoking cessation was published at Nicotine & Tobacco Research. Check the abstract below and the full text here: https://academic.oup.com/ntr/advance-article/doi/10.1093/ntr/ntac281/6888111 Introduction Conversational agents (computer programs that use artificial intelligence to simulate a conversation with users through natural language) have evolved considerably in recent…

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Presentation at Conversations 2022

In the 6th International Workshop on Chatbot Research, Applications and Design held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we presented a paper in collaboration with our former student Lotte Leeuwis on a chatbot for smoking cessation, which was nominated for the best paper award. More information on the conference website: https://2022.conversations.ws/ The paper: He, L., & Leeuwis,…

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Publication at Sexual Health Journal

Our systematic review paper on the effectiveness and acceptability of conversational agents for sexual health promotion is published at Sexual Health. Check the full text here: https://www.publish.csiro.au/sh/SH22016. The paper Balaji, D., He, L., Giani, S., Bosse, T., Wiers, R., & de Bruijn, G. J. (2022). Effectiveness and acceptability of conversational agents for sexual health promotion:…

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Poster Presentation at CLIN32

In this year’s meeting of Computational Linguistics in The Netherlands, we are going to introduce our project to the computational linguistics community as a poster presentation. The poster will primarily include our ideas on the controlled usage of large language generation models for chatbot development in highly sensitive domains. The conference will be held on…

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Presentation at ARPH2022

In the 11th iteration of the Association for Researchers in Psychology and Health meeting, we are going to present our review paper on the effectiveness and acceptability of conversational agents for smoking cessation. The conference will be held on June 16 and 17, 2022, in the seaside village Egmond aan Zee, the Netherlands. More information…

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Publication at BMC Public Health Journal

Our paper on the effectiveness of motivational interviewing-based chatbot is published at BMC Public Health. Long story short: we found that talking with a chatbot about smoking cessation during the initial contact increased people’s motivation to quit, even though no extra motivational effect was found for the motivational interviewing-styled counselling. This shows that chatbots do…