Full paper accepted at AAMAS 2014

The paper “Autonomous e-coaching in the wild: Empirical validation of a model-based reasoning system” by Bart Kamphorst (UU), Michel Klein (VU) and Arlette van Wissen (VU) (equal contribution) has been accepted for publication in the proceedings of the 13h International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS’14), 2014. (To appear.)

The paper presents a monthlong empirical validation study of the eMate e-coaching system, in which eMate’s reasoning mechanism is evaluated for its accuracy and its ability to promote behavior change. Results show that eMate (i) identifies and accurately targets the problematic constructs for an individual and (ii) positively affects aspects of behavior change through tailored interventions.

Update: The paper is now available here.

Article on option generation and e-coaching published Open Access in AI & Society

The article “Why option generation matters for the design of autonomous e-coaching systems” by Bart Kamphorst and Annemarie Kalis has been published in Springer’s AI & Society. In the article it is argued that understanding how people generate options for action – i.e., the actions that people actually consider doing – is important for designing autonomous e-coaching systems that are both effective and respectful of people’s personal autonomy.

The article is published under a Creative Commons Open Access license thanks to financial support from the NWO Incentive Fund Open Access Publications and is available here.

Paper on ‘Ethics of E-Coaching’ accepted for SIPC’14

The paper “Ethics of E-Coaching: Implications of Employing Pervasive Computing to Promote Healthy and Sustainable Lifestyles” by Joel Anderson and Bart Kamphorst (equal contribution) has been accepted for publication in the proceedings of the third IEEE International Workshop on the Social Implications of Pervasive Computing for Sustainable Living (SIPC 2014), in conjunction with the Twelfth IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (PerCom 2014).

In the paper it is explained that e-coaching technologies have the potential to support individuals in attaining and maintaining healthy and sustainable lifestyles by supporting and strengthening people’s self-regulatory capacities. In addition, the paper presents and discusses six social and ethical concerns that e-coaching technology can raise as a first step towards an open debate about these concerns.

The pdf is available through IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

A-paper accepted for BNAIC 2013

The paper “A formal model of procrastination” by Ruurdje Procee, Bart Kamphorst, Arlette van Wissen and John-Jules Meyer has been accepted as an A-paper for publication in the proceedings of the 25th Benelux Conference on Artificial Intelligence (BNAIC 2013). The paper presents a conceptual model of procrastination that is based on findings from psychological literature. In addition, it presents a formalization of the model, that in future work will be implemented in order to simulate the procrastinatory behavior of an agent with specific personality traits and the effects that interventions may have. The full pdf can be found here.

Paper accepted for CONTEXT ’13

The paper ‘A Constraint-Based Approach to Context’ by Arlette van Wissen, Bart Kamphorst and Rob van Eijk, which presents a new conceptual model of context, has been accepted for CONTEXT ’13 (The Eighth International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Modeling and Using Context). The paper will be published in the Proceedings of CONTEXT-13, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) – Springer Volume 8175 (pp. 171-184).

Update: The full paper is now available online here.