This project introduces a radically new concept of virtual coaching, called the “Council of Coaches” (COUCH). The council consists of a number of virtual characters – each specialized in their own domain – that interact with each other and with the user to inform, motivate and discuss about health and well-being related issues (e.g. physical, cognitive, mental and social well-being). The individual coaches will listen to the user, ask questions, inform, discuss between themselves, jointly set personal goals and inspire the user to take control of his health. Any combination of specialized council members collaboratively cover a wide spectrum of lifestyle interventions, with a substantial likelihood of positive impact on outcomes related to chronic diseases.
The overall concept of the project is visually captured in the figure below. It shows on a very high level the three area of technological innovations: sensing and profiling, dialogue management, and user interaction.