Workshop: 3rd Graphical and Robotic Embodied Agents for Therapeutic Systems - GREATS19

At ACM International Conference of Virtual Agents, July 2nd 2019 Room 114, Paris-6 University, Paris, France



Social robots and intelligent graphical agents are being applied to a growing number of health applications. While looking at health applications in general, this workshop seeks to focus on those aimed at diagnosis and treatment of specific conditions, i.e therapeutic applications, and training for doctors in these fields. Other topics include the application of specific psychotherapies, work on treating disorders such as autism or ADHD, and support for people with depression and other long-term conditions.

This workshop will consider both the range of applications, and specific issues and questions arising from them, for example:

- What features and processes make a therapeutic application successful?

- What specific issues relate to diagnosis, and what to treatment?

- How do we measure success?

- How do we deal with the ethical issues in this domain? Should we be doing this at all?

- Does embodiment and/or its specific form (robotic, graphical, features) impact success?

- How do we assess the state of the human participant?

- Do specific input modalities or multiple modalities help?

- Definitions of human-ness and AI artefacts

- What are the issues of privacy and security and how to we deal with them?

- Can therapeutic agents deal with long-term interaction? How?

- Can therapeutic agents help to empower their clients?


We are seeking submissions of papers on completed work, work-in-progress, position papers, posters, demos. Papers dealing with therapeutic agents, diagnostic agents and agents for medical education/training therapists will be favoured but papers on other health applications are also welcome. Papers should be between 2 and 6 pages in length in the ACM Standard/Sig Conf format also being used by IVA2019 - see below.

Papers should be submitted via the EasyChair system at At least one author of each accepted paper will be required to attend the workshop to present their work.

Paper format details can be found at


Wednesday 10th April: Submission deadline Wednesday 24th April: Deadline for notifications sent to authors Wednesday 8th May: Camera ready copies due Tuesday 2nd July: Workshop


Ruth Aylett - Heriot-Watt University, UK Frank Broz - Heriot-Watt University Franziska Burger, Technical University of Delft, NL Dirk Heylen - Twente University, NL Hatice Kose - Istanbul Technical University, TR ?Hadi Moradih - University of Tehran, IR Stefan Olafsson - North Eastern, USA Deborah Richards, Macquarie University, AU Ben Robins - University of Hertfordshire, UK


Further information from Ruth Aylett


Tuesday, 2 July, 2019 (All day)
Room 114, Paris-6 University, Paris, France