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Refine & Scale “Sunny”, a Chatbot for Psychological Wellbeing


Term:

Spring

Department:

MAS: Media Arts and Sciences

Faculty Supervisor:

Pattie Maes

Faculty email:

pattie@media.mit.edu

Apply by:

2/21/20

Contact:

Jaya Narain (jnarain@mit.edu), Monique Davey (mondavey@mit.edu), and Tina Quach (quachtina96@gmail.com)

Project Description

Beginning Spring 2019, we built Sunny, a Facebook Messenger chatbot to promote meaningful, positive connections within small groups of friends or family by facilitating positive messages. We tested Sunny with 3 groups of 4 people and received a lot of positive feedback. The interviews and data from our preliminary study suggest that Sunny could have a positive effect on people’s relationships and self-esteem. The UROP: We are looking for a UROP student to continue development Sunny and get the chatbot ready to deploy in a larger study and to the population at large. There is plenty of space for creativity in UX design, back-end development, and study design and evaluation techniques. Contact: Please email Jaya Narain (jnarain@mit.edu), Monique Davey (mondavey@mit.edu), and Tina Quach (quachtina96@gmail.com) if you are interested in this position.

Pre-requisites

The ideal candidate has some experience in JavaScript web development and web databases (e.g. SQL). Bring your research interests, creativity, and questions that you want to explore - we’re excited to support your learning and development. Tina led development of the initial prototype of Sunny and will also provide technical guidance!