Timothy Bickmore, Ph.D.


Khoury College of Computer Sciences
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

Office: EXP 770B
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(617) 373-5477
email:t.bickmore at

Research Overview

I'm interested in the development and study of Relational Agents, which are computer agents designed to build and maintain long-term, social-emotional relationships with people. In order to use the same myriad cues that people use when relating to each other, I build agents that are capable of emulating face-to-face interaction with people, including the use of hand gestures, facial expressions, and body posture, in addition to speech.

These agents are particularly effective for tasks in which long-term interactions and personal relationships are known to be important, such as in education, sales and marketing, and the helping professions. Of these, I have focused my recent work within the healthcare domain on health education and health behavior change applications. In order to accomplish this, I conduct communication studies of health provider-patient interactions, develop new approaches to dialogue planning that can address both the behavioral intervention and social aspects of the interactions, and develop animated agents that can use appropriate nonverbal behavior in their simulated conversations with patients, as well as conduct clinical trials to evaluate the efficacy of the resulting systems.

Lab: Relational Agents Group

Current Research Projects

Recent Publications

photo Glenn Kulbako

Curriculum Vitae

Older Publications



IS2000 Principles of Information Science (F2018)

IS4800/CS6350 Empirical Research Methods (S2018)

IS4300 Human-Computer Interaction (F2016)

More recent courses in Canvas.

Other Stuff

AAAI Fall '04 Symposium on Dialogue Systems for Health Communication

AAAI Fall '05 Symposium on Caring Machine: AI in Eldercare

AAAI Spring '06 Symposium on Argumentation for Consumers of Healthcare

SBM'11 Course on Towards Standardization and Reuse in Behavioral Informatics

IVA'14 Fourteenth International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents