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Office Location

805 Columbus Avenue
524 Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC)
Boston, MA 02120

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Timothy Bickmore, 435 ISEC
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Research Interests

  • Human-computer interaction
  • Dialogue systems
  • Intelligent virtual agents
  • Avatars
  • Personal health informatics
  • Human-robot interaction


  • PhD in Media Arts & Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • MS in Computer Science, Arizona State University
  • BSE in Computer Systems Engineering, Arizona State University


Timothy W. Bickmore is a Professor in the Khoury College of Computer Sciences at Northeastern University. Prior to joining Northeastern in 2005, he was an assistant professor of medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine. He completed his PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Laboratory.

Professor Bickmore’s interdisciplinary research is at the intersection of human-computer interaction, natural language processing (dialogue systems), animation, and health/medical/behavioral informatics. The focus of his research is on the development and evaluation of computer agents that emulate face-to-face interactions between health providers and patients for use in health education and long-term health behavior change interventions, with a particular focus on the emotional and relational aspects of these interactions. His research has received funding from NSF, NIH, AHRQ, HRSA, and PCORI.

Professor Bickmore has chaired or co-chaired several meetings, including Intelligent Virtual Agents, and AAAI symposia and CHI workshops on health informatics and virtual agents. He is an associate editor of the Interacting with Computers journal.