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Tim Bickmore

Associate Professor of Computer and Information Science



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Virtual healthcare agents, at your service

North­eastern con­vened an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary group of researchers for the 2014 Inter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Intel­li­gent Vir­tual Agents, where experts dis­cussed and show­cased avatars that could be used in a variety of health­care applications.

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These apps were made for walking

Older adults, and espe­cially those from minority com­mu­ni­ties, are often over­looked in the devel­op­ment of healthcare-​​promotion tech­nolo­gies. New work from asso­ciate pro­fessor Tim­othy Bick­more tar­gets these pop­u­la­tions specif­i­cally, and it looks like the strategy is working.

Personal Health Informatics

Popping in’ on the latest research

From brain com­puter inter­faces to gyro­scopes, the next gen­er­a­tion of health­care tech­nolo­gies have some­thing for everyone — and they’re being devel­oped in North­eastern labs.

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Technology to improve health care

Northeastern’s new doc­toral pro­gram in per­sonal health infor­matics — the first of its kind in the nation — will pre­pare stu­dents for researching and devel­oping new tech­nolo­gies that can have a global impact on healthcare.

Personal Health Informatics

Avatar teaches breastfeeding benefits and techniques

Two North­eastern pro­fes­sors have teamed up to design a computer-​​based avatar for edu­cating expecting mothers about breastfeeding.

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3Qs: Taking a patient-​​facing approach to health care

The United States spends $2 tril­lion in health care annu­ally. New tech­nolo­gies and approaches to health care have led to a growing field in health infor­matics, which has a focus on both the clin­ical and per­sonal aspects of the industry. We asked Tim­othy Bick­more, an asso­ciate pro­fessor in the Col­lege of Com­puter and Infor­ma­tion Sci­ence, to dis­cuss the impact this field can have on the health care industry as a whole, as well as Northeastern’s new PhD pro­gram in health informatics.

Creating a trusty virtual guide

Pro­fessor wins NCI grant to develop computer-​​animated con­ver­sa­tional agents to guide cancer patients through clin­ical trials

Photo by Lauren McFalls

Virtual help, but the benefits will be real

North­eastern pro­fessor awarded $1.8M NSF grant to con­tinue his devel­op­ment of computer-​​animated health aides and com­pan­ions for the elderly

Virtual nurse technology on path to commercial use

Com­puter sci­ence professor’s soft­ware solu­tion to hos­pital dis­charge issues would reduce read­mis­sion rate, aiding patient health while low­ering cost of care

Virtual nurse helps counsel patients before their hospital release

Com­puter sci­ence researcher develops ani­ma­tion to edu­cate those with low health literacy.

Northeastern University Robot Chats with Museum of Science Visitors

Vir­tual Museum Guide Pro­vides Infor­ma­tion and Makes Friends with Guests The Museum of Sci­ence unveils the world’s first vir­tual, inter­ac­tive and social vis­i­tors’ guide cre­ated by North­eastern Uni­ver­sity com­puter sci­ence professor […]

Selected Publications

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An Internet-Based Virtual Coach to Promote Physical Activity Adherence in Overweight Adults: Randomized Controlled Trial

(with A. Watson, A. Cange, A. Kulshreshtha, J. and Kvedar) Journal of Medical Internet Research, 14(1).


Feasibility of a Virtual Exercise Coach to Promote Walking in Community-Dwelling Persons with Parkinson's Disease

(with T. Ellis, N. Latham, T. DeAngelis, K. Hendron, C. Thomas, and M. Saint-Hilaire) International Congress on Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders (abstract)


A Reusable Framework for Health Counseling Dialogue Systems based on a Behavioral Medicine Ontology

(with D. Schulman, and C. Sidner) Journal of Biomedical Informatics, 44, 183-197.

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