Timothy Bickmore


Current Research Projects

  • Conversational agents that:
    • Assist cancer patients in finding, understanding, and participating in clinical trials (with Boston Medical Center).
    • Promote exercise in older Latino adults (with Stanford Medical School).
    • Provide social support and wellness counseling for isolated older adults (with Worcester Polytechnic Institute).
    • Promote breastfeeding (with Melrose-Wakefield Hospital).
    • Treat patients with CHF or COPD and co-morbid depression (with Boston University Medical School).
    • Screen and counsel veterans on alcohol abuse (with Boston VA).
    • Acquire family health history for genetics counseling (with BU School of Public Health)

Research Interests

Human-computer interaction, dialogue systems, intelligent virtual agents, avatars, personal health informatics.


  • BSE in Computer Systems Engineering | Arizona State University
  • MS in Computer Science | Arizona State University
  • PhD in Computer Science | Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Laboratory

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Timothy W. Bickmore is a Professor in the College of Computer and Information Science. Prior to joining Northeastern in 2005, he was an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine. He completed his Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Laboratory.

Dr. Bickmore’s interdisciplinary research is at the intersection of human-computer interaction, natural language processing (dialogue systems), animation, and health/medical/behavioral informatics. The focus of his research is on the development and evaluation of computer agents that emulate face-to-face interactions between health providers and patients for use in health education and long-term health behavior change interventions, with a particular focus on the emotional and relational aspects of these interactions. His research has received funding from NSF, NIH, AHRQ, HRSA, and PCORI.

Dr. Bickmore has chaired or co-chaired several meetings, including Intelligent Virtual Agents, and AAAI symposia and CHI workshops on health informatics and virtual agents. He is an associate editor of the Interacting with Computers journal.

Research interests: Human-computer interaction, dialogue systems, intelligent virtual agents, avatars, personal health informatics.

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