Artificial Intelligence and Health Communication

Venue: Stanford University

Location: United States

Event Date/Time: Mar 21, 2011 End Date/Time: Mar 23, 2011
Paper Submission Date: Oct 08, 2010
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AI and Health Communication
March 21–23, 2011 at Stanford University, California
AAAI 2011 Spring Symposium Series


There is a large and growing interest in the development of automated systems to provide health services to patients and consumers. In the last two decades, applications informed by research in health communication have been developed, e.g., for promoting healthy behavior and for managing chronic diseases. While the value that these types of applications can offer to the community in terms of cost, access, and convenience is clear, there are still major challenges facing design of effective health communication systems in terms of accessibility, trust, expert-to-lay knowledge translation, and persuasiveness. It is proposed that some of these challenges can be addressed by use of AI techniques in combination with empirically-based theoretical frameworks from the field of health communication and related areas. This symposium will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to identify possible solutions.

AI researchers are invited to submit papers on their work related to health communication. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
• Communication interventions
• Games, conversational agents, or dialogue systems for healthy behavior promotion
• Intelligent interactive monitoring of patient’s environment and needs
• Intelligent interfaces supporting access to healthcare
• Patient-tailored decision support, explanation for informed consent, and retrieval and summarization of on-line healthcare information
• Risk communication and visualization
• Tailored access to electronic medical records
• Tailoring health information for low-literacy, low-numeracy, or under-served audiences
• Virtual healthcare counselors
• Virtual patients for training healthcare professionals

Scholars from health communication disciplines are invited to submit papers on the following issues as they pertain to the symposium goals:
• Health literacy
• Healthcare provider-consumer communication
• Risk communication, including written and visual formats
• Use of behavioral, persuasion, and argumentation theories for healthy behavior promotion.

Papers will be published through the AAAI Spring Symposium Report Series. Participants presenting papers will be invited to submit expanded versions to a journal special issue on this topic.

Submission Information

Full papers (8 pages maximum) and short papers (4 pages maximum) on original work are invited. Submit papers in AAAI-style formatted PDF via EasyChair.


October 8 - Submissions due
November 5 - Acceptance/rejection notices sent with instructions for final copies of accepted papers
January 21 - Final papers due
February 4 - Invited participants registration deadline
February 25 - Final (open) registration deadline
Organizing Committee

Co-chairs: Nancy Green (U. North Carolina Greensboro), Sara Rubinelli (U. Lucerne and Swiss Paraplegic Research), Donia Scott (U. Sussex)

Artificial Intelligence: Tim Bickmore (Northeastern U.), Richard Cox (U. Edinburgh), Chrysanne Dimarco (U. Waterloo), George Ferguson (U. Rochester), Floriana Grasso (U. Liverpool), Eva Hudlicka (Psychometrix Associates), Patrick Kenny (Institute for Creative Technologies), Brian Magerko (Georgia Tech), Irene Mazzotta (Università degli Studi di Bari), Sergei Nirenburg (U. Maryland Baltimore), Paul Piwek (Open U.), Ehud Reiter (U. Aberdeen), Marjorie Skubic (U. Missouri)

Health Communication: David Brinberg (Virginia Tech), Frans van Eemeren (U. Amsterdam), Gunther Eysenbach (University Health Network), David Hitchcock (McMaster U.), Gary Kreps (George Mason U.), Rita Kukafka (Columbia U.), Kent Nakamoto (Virginia Tech), Linda Newhauser (U. California Berkeley), Daniel O’Keefe (Northwestern U.), Paolo Paolini (Politecnico di Milano), Peter Schulz (U. Lugano)