Gerwin H. Huizing

PhD Student

University of Twente

Resarch Interests: Dialogue and Interaction with Embodied Conversational Agents

Between 2011 and 2015 I worked on obtaining a bachelor's degree in Psychology. Towards the end of this period I found that my interest was to apply psychology in the field of technology. This was why I worked on obtaining my master's degree in Applied Cognitive Psychology between 2015 and 2017, and focused on trying to find ways to apply what I learned to technology. I found a chance to do so by working as a PhD student within the Council of Coaches project. We aim to develop a platform with several embodied conversational lifestyle and health behaviour coaches to support older adults to live in greater health and maintain or improve their well-being. My current research interest is the multiparty interaction between several Embodied Conversational Coaches and older adults in a lifestyle coaching setting. I wonder what the possible advantages and disadvantages of a multiple coaches approach as compared to a single coach approach are. This involves questions about many subjects such as, for example, realism of the interactions in the group, group pressure, group dynamics, trust, roles of the coaches, and presentation of differing perspectives and opinions.