Population Health

October 8, 2019

Initiative-funded project seeks to apply AI to behavioral health

Image of CocoBot interfaceCaregivers for children with chronic health conditions may experience symptoms of depression and sleep problems due to stress.

To address this challenge, a tri-campus team of University of Washington researchers has developed CocoBot, a chatbot that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to detect how caregivers are feeling and suggest self-help options.

A grant from the Population Health Initiative allowed the team to begin work on CocoBot in spring 2019. The first version should be ready in the spring of 2020 as an app for Apple and Android devices and online computers. Subsequent versions will include improvements such as voice recognition.

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