Hello Harlie: Enabling Speech Monitoring Through Chat-Bot Conversations

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2016;227:55-60.

Abstract

People with neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease and dementia are known to have difficulties in language and communication. This paper presents initial testing of an artificial conversational agent, called Harlie. Harlie runs on a smartphone and is able to converse with the user on a variety of topics. A description of the application and a sample dialog are provided to illustrate the various roles chat-bots can play in the management of neurological conditions. Harlie can be used for measuring voice and communication outcomes during the daily life of the user, and for gaining information about challenges encountered. Moreover, it is anticipated that she may also have an educational and support role.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Communication Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mobile Applications
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Nervous System Diseases / diagnosis
  • Smartphone*
  • Speech Disorders / diagnosis*