Welcome to the Council of Coaches…

Council of Coaches is an Innovation Action funded under the EU Horizon 2020 Framework. Negotiations for the project’s start are currently ongoing. This website provides a sneak preview to the project’s upcoming work and will be updated as the project officially kicks off.

Now Hiring!

We are currently hiring! The first batch of 3 PhD Positions on Multi-Party Virtual Coaching are now open for applicants. Apply now, or come back later to find additional job openings.

The Project at a Glance

In Council of Coaches, multiple virtual coaches form a personal council that supports the user in their health and well-being. Individual coaches have their own area of expertise, personality and style of coaching. Join a council meeting! Give the council your thoughts, or listen and observe how the individual coaches exchange their views on your health behavior. Take what you’ve learned into your daily life, and if the need arises, contact any of the coaches anytime, anywhere.

Virtual Coaching System
The main objective of the project is to develop a virtual coaching system that can assist older adult users in the areas of physical, cognitive, mental and social well-being. Diabetes and Chronic Pain are two use cases that will gain our specific attention.
Sensing and Profiling
Our system must learn to understand the user, his behavior and his context in order to provide personalized coaching. Through sensing and profiling the system builds up a knowledge base that the virtual coaches use to drive their coaching actions.
Dialogue Management
Dynamic, automated conversations between a virtual coach and a human user. As if that isn’t complicated enough, Council of Coaches takes dialogue management to the next level by introducing a multi-party automatic dialogue system in which multiple virtual characters can interact with a human user.
Human-Computer Interaction
Experience a radically new concept of human-computer interaction. Step into the virtual council meeting room, and join a special session with a team of expert coaches. On today’s agenda: you. The project will focus on bringing alive a memorable cast of characters and pushing the boundaries of intuitive user interaction and user experience.