Welcome to Companions

The COMPANIONS project has developed virtual Companions for conversation to change the way people think about the relationships of people to computers and the Internet. This work has resulted system that go beyong traditional task-based interaction into the realm of social interaction.

The project consists of a consortium of 14 partners from across Europe and the US. The European Commission is funding the project as part of its 6th Research Framework, specifically as part of its focus on Information Society Technologies.

Companions News

December 2010:An article about COMPANIONS HWYD? prototype by Marc Cavazza is to appeared in Cybertherapy and Rehabilitation Magazine, the quarterly trade magazine for the International Association of CyberPsychology, Training & Rehabilitation. Click here for the article.

A second article by Marc about the HWYD? prototype is to appear in The Parliament Magazine’s Research Review, which acts as a forum for communicating success stories coming out of the EU's research framework programmes. Click here for the article.

October 2010:The "How was your day?" scenario and Czech companion demonstration were succesfully demonstrated in ICT2010 conference. Click here to see the video Euronews made about the demonstration.

ICT 2010: Euronews was also interested in Companions demonstration.

May 2010:The English Companion received the Best Demo Award at AAMAS 2010 Conference. It is to top event for autonomous agents, including virtual agents and Embodied Conversational Agents with 700-800 participants on an average.

Companions Prize Demo: Marc Cavazza (Project Leader) with (left) Jaakko Hakulinen (Tampere) and (right) Markku Turunen (PI, Tampere) with the AAMAS 2010 Best Demo Award, received for the English Companion.

May 2010: Companions has been selected for the Information and Communication Technologies 2010 (ICT2010) exhibition in Brussels this September 27-29th. We will be demonstrating both the English Companion and the Czech Companion.


European Commission Sixth Framework Programme
Information Society Technologies Integrated Project IST-34434

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Professor Marc Cavazza (Project Leader)
University of Teesside
School of Computing
Middlesbrough TS1 3BA, UK
Phone: +44 (0) 1642 342657
Email: m.o.cavazza@tees.ac.uk

Dr Debora Field (Project Manager)
University of Sheffield
Department of Computer Science
211 Portobello St
Regent Court
Sheffield S1 4DP, UK
Phone: +44 (0) 114 222 8359
Email: d.field@shef.ac.uk

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