Meet Tanya — the relational agent Vardoulakis used for her study. Image courtesy of Thinkstock and Laura Pfeifer Vardoulakis. “It totally blew my mind.” That’s what graduate student Laura Pfeifer Vardoulakis said of her encounter with work taking place in Timothy Bickmore’s lab in the College of Computer and Information Science.
The nation’s healthcare system is facing a financial crisis. It’s not big news. We’ve all known it for years. The planet (and the economy) is struggling to accommodate the largest population it’s ever had in a time when people are living longer than ever. “Everyone agrees that something needs to change, but…