Ontology Engineering for the Design and Implementation of Personal Pervasive Lifestyle Support

Michael A. van Bekkum, Hans-Ulrich Krieger, Mark A. Neerincx, Frank Kaptein, Bernd Kiefer, Rifca Peters, Stefania Racioppa

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The PAL project1 is developing an embodied conversational agent (robot and its avatar), and applications for child-agent activities that help children from 8 to 14 years old to acquire the required knowledge, skills, and attitude for adequate diabetes selfmanagement. Formal and informal caregivers can use the PAL system to enhance their supportive role for this self-management learning process. We are developing a common ontology (i) to support normative behavior in a flexible way, (ii) to establish mutual understanding in the human-agent system, (iii) to integrate and utilize knowledge from the application and scientific domains, and (iv) to produce sensible human-agent dialogues. The common ontology is constructed by relating and integrating partly existing separate ontologies that are specific to certain contexts or domains. This paper presents the general vision, approach, and state of the art.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSEMPDS-2016
Subtitle of host publicationJoint Proceedings of the Posters and Demos Track of the 12th International Conference on Semantic Systems - SEMANTiCS2016 and the 1st International Workshop on Semantic Change & Evolving Semantics (SuCCESS'16)
EditorsMichael Martin, Marti Cuquet, Erwin Folmer
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameCEUR Workshop Proceedings
ISSN (Electronic)1613-0073


  • Common ontology
  • DIT++ standard
  • Embodied conversational agent
  • HFC inference engine
  • Human-agent dialogue
  • Ontology engineering


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