Call: Workshop on Virtual Health Agents at Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA) 2015

Workshop on Virtual Health Agents
Intelligent Virtual Agents conference 2015 (IVA 2015)
25 August
Delft, The Netherlands

Position paper submission: June 28, 2015

This workshop is a part of the International Conference on Intelligent Virtual agents ( The workshop will take place on the day before the main conference (25th of August 2015).


One domain in which intelligent virtual agents are becoming more popular is the health domain. With the changing demography in the western world, the health-care costs are expecting to increase. Less health care professionals will be available for more “care needy persons”. Virtual health agents could play several roles to address part of the increasing care needs. For example, they could act as virtual patients to train doctors, provide patients with information and advice in or outside health centers, or act as coaches as part of self-health management at home. This workshop will bring together researchers to discuss recent and ongoing research in their area. They will discuss conceptual and technical aspects of virtual health agent development and behavior, the relationships and interactions with humans, but also design and evaluation methods.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Health education
  • Health coaching
  • Health games
  • Health training systems
  • Behavioral change support systems
  • Resilience support
  • Self-Therapy
  • Long-term relationships with health agents
  • Building rapport
  • Therapeutic alliance


This is full-day workshop. Researchers that are interested to attend the workshop are asked to submit a position paper of their work. Workshop members are invited to present their research and strongly encouraged to demonstrate their agents. Submissions can be e-mailed to See the workshop website for further submission details.


Paper submission: June 28, 2015
Acceptance notification: July 6, 2015
Workshop: August 25, 2015


Mark A. Neerincx – Delft University of Technology, TNO, The Netherlands
Myrthe L. Tielman – Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Corine Horsch – Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Willem-Paul Brinkman – Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Karel van den Bosch – TNO, The Netherlands
Robbert-Jan Beun – Utrecht University, The Netherlands

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