Artificial Companions and Chatbots



We believe that artificial personal assistants become our companions and help us to solve our daily tasks through their intelligent and ethical behaviour. Artificial companions will assist different user groups in tasks that require an intensive, long-term human-machine interaction such as:

  • practicing conversation in a foreign language,
  • adapt to user's needs based on individual user models and personalised behaviour,
  • providing social support for users with special demands.


We combine qualitative approaches to dialogue research such as Conversation Analysis with recent Machine Learning techniques such as Deep Neural Networks in order to create artificial companions of the next generation.