MACH, My Automated Conversation
coacH, is a system for people to
practice social interactions in
face-to-face scenarios. MACH
consists of a 3D character that can
make its own decisions
in real time.
The system was validated in the
context of job interviews with 90
MIT undergraduate students. Students
who interacted with MACH
demonstrated significant performance
improvement compared to the students
in the control group. We are
currently expanding this technology
to open up new possibilities in
behavioral health (e.g., treating
people with Asperger syndrome,
social phobia, PTSD) as well as
designing new interaction paradigms
in human-computer interaction and
The video below describes the
motivation behind the project.
Here is the overall video.
Here is an example of one of the MIT
undergraduate students before and
after the intervention.
Here is a clip demonstrating MIT
students interacting with MACH.
The video below demonstrates a
scenario where MACH interrupts the
participants for speaking for long
time. Do you think the participant
gets upset for being interrupted
M. E. Hoque,M.
Mutlu, J-C. Martin, R. W. Picard,MACH:
My Automated Conversation coacH, To
appear in the 15th International
Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp),
September 2013. [pre-print]