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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Steven Feng, Aaron Li and Jesse Hoey develop virtual assistants with personality to help individuals with mental illness

Researchers at the Cheriton School of Computer Science have pioneered a new method that could be used to develop more natural automated virtual assistants to help people suffering from mental illness. 

Called SMERTI (pronounced smarty), the new method enables virtual assistants to use natural language and emotional cues that change depending on the relationship and situations in which they are used. The result allows for the development of virtual assistants that better connect with people they are used to help.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Moojan Ghafurian, Neil Budnarain and Jesse Hoey make AI more human

The key to people trusting and co-operating with artificially intelligent agents lies in their ability to display human-like emotions, according to a new study by Postdoctoral Fellow Moojan Ghafurian, Master’s candidate Neil Budnarain and Professor Jesse Hoey at the Cheriton School of Computer Science.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Jesse Hoey and Robert Freeland receive 2019 Outstanding Recent Contribution in Social Psychology Award

Cheriton School of Computer Science Professor Jesse Hoey has teamed up with Professor Robert Freeland, a sociologist at Wake Forest University, to conduct novel research at the intersection of computer science and social psychology.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Professor Shai Ben-David and colleagues win best paper award at NeurIPS 2018

Cheriton School of Computer Science Professor Shai Ben-David, his former PhD student Hassan Ashtiani, now an Assistant Professor at McMaster University, along with colleagues Christopher Liaw, Abbas Mehrabian and Yaniv Plan, have received a best paper award at NeurIPS 2018, the 32ndAnnual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems.