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One of the core elements of the Council of Coaches project is the development of a proof of concept application in which older adult users can hold interactive dialogues with a group of virtual agents (or coaches). In Council of Coaches, users can select their personal group of coaches from a set of 7 available characters, including a physical activity coach, diet coach or social coach (see Figure below). The focus in this project is on having natural language dialogues with these coaches, about various topics related to healthy lifestyle and wellbeing. Council of Coaches combines such dialogues with various interactive "widgets" such as a recipe book provided by diet coach Fran├žois, or a physical activity logbook provided by activity coach Olivia.

Screenshot of the Council of Coaches functional demonstrator, powered by the WOOL Platform.

Not only is Council of Coaches powered by the WOOL Platform, the project is the birthground of this open source dialogue platform. As of April 2020 the Council of Coaches project is still ongoing, and a public demonstrator is expected to be released around the end of the project period, in August 2020.

Project Information: Council of Coaches is a research project, funded by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 Framework (Grant Agreement #769553). The project is running from September 2017 to August 2020 and is executed by a European consortium, consisting of: University of Twente (NL), Roessingh Research and Development (NL), Danish Board of Technology Foundation (DK), Sorbonne University (FR), University of Dundee (UK), Polytechnic University of Valencia (ES) and Innovation Sprint (BE).

Website: www.council-of-coaches.eu

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