Emora, a chatbot who cares about you



Team member Sophy Huang is also a senior, grew up in Shanghai, and came to Emory with the intention of going to medical school in advance. However, she soon realized that she was not fully interested in biology and opted for two main subjects: Applied Mathematics, Statistics and Psychology. Working on the Emora project also builds on her passion for computer programming and developing applications that help people.

“Psychology plays an important role in natural language processing,” says Huang. “It’s about studying how people think, speak, interact and how these processes can be integrated into computers. “

Food was one of the topics Huang developed for Emora. “The strategy was to connect with users by first showing understanding,” she says.

For example, if someone says pizza is their favorite food, Emora will recognize their interest and ask them about the pizza they love so much.

“By constantly admitting and connecting with users, seeking their opinions and points of view and sharing their perspectives, Emora shows that she understands and cares,” says the fan. “It encourages them to engage more and get involved in the conversation. “

Members of the Emora team are working on finishing the chatbot.

“We created most systems with the ability to think logically, essentially Emora’s brain,” Choi explains. “Currently, the brain doesn’t know much about the world, so we need more information to make deeper inferences. You can think of him as a toddler. Now we are teaching the brain to Focus on bringing it to the adult level. “

The team is confident the system will work, has completed full development and integration, and will be in beta testing next spring.

Hee-seop Choi is very excited about the possibility of using Emora to support first year students, answer questions about their daily needs and guide them to the right human staff and teachers as needed. For larger issues, such as general conflicts that occur in group projects, Emora can also serve as a starting point by sharing how other students overcame similar issues.

Hee-seop Cho also has a long-term view that Emora’s underlying technology may one day help people cope with loneliness, anxiety, and depression. “I don’t think social robots can replace humans as social companions,” he says. “But I think social robots can empathize with people who are depressed and, with the help of others, encourage them to return to the joyful life they deserve.”

A story by Carol Clark.


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