A team of Aberdeen researchers are set to investigate if an app that uses voice conversations can encourage physical activity in older adults.
The group from Robert Gordon University (RGU) has received funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
Professor Ehud Reiter, natural language generation expert from Aberdeen University will also work with the team from RGU’s school of computing science and digital media.
The study will explore how conversation dialogue can be used as a digital health intervention.
Professor Nirmalie Wiratunga, from intelligent systems research at RGU, said those involved would help to create the app.
She said: “Conversation appeals to all age groups, but might prove particularly appropriate for older adults who can have difficulties with new technologies and may be more likely to appreciate the natural interaction offered through conversational dialogue.
“Therefore delivering behaviour change interventions using digital conversation provides an opportunity for achieving higher levels of adoption and adherence compared to traditional approaches.”
The project runs from January to June 2019 and will involve monthly workshops with a group of 10 older adults, who will work with the research team to co-create the app.