Trends and Overview: The Potential of Conversational Agents in Digital Health

Half-day tutorial at ECIR Conference 2023.


In the past few years, dozens of surveys have revealed a scarcity of healthcare professionals, particularly psychiatrists, limiting access to healthcare for severely ill individuals. With the motivation of efficiently utilizing doctors' time and providing an accessible platform for early diagnosis, clinical assistance using artificial intelligence is gaining immense popularity and demand in both research and industry communities. As a result, telemedicine has grown substantially in recent years, particularly since the COVID outbreak. The tutorial aims to present a comprehensive overview of the use of conversational agents in healthcare, including recent advancements and future prospects. The tutorial will also provide a demonstration of our newly developed virtual disease diagnosis assistant. The tutorial has been crafted with fundamentals to advanced concepts in mind, which makes it beneficial for researchers who are beginners or experts.


By attending this tutorial, participants will learn about:


Tutorial Overview



Schedule and Venue Details

Date and Time: Apr 6, 2023, 1:30 - 5 PM

Venue: Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin, Ireland


Dr. Tulika Saha
Dr. Tulika Saha

Lecturer (Assistant Professor),
Department of Computer Science & Engineering
University of Liverpool (UOL), United Kingdom

Abhisek Tiwari
Abhisek Tiwari

Research Scholar (PMRF),
Department of Computer Science & Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology, Patna

Dr. Sriparna Saha
Dr. Sriparna Saha

Associate Professor,
Department of Computer Science & Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology, Patna

Relevant Publications

  • A large-scale dataset for motivational dialogue system: An application of natural language generation to mental health-Saha, T., Chopra, S., Saha, S., Bhattacharyya, P., & Kumar, P. International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN) 2021, Link
  • Towards A Motivational Virtual Assistant for Assuaging Mental Agony-Saha, T., Reddy, S., Das, A., Saha, S., & Bhattacharyya, P., North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (NAACL 2022), Link
  • Towards Motivational and Empathetic Response Generation in Online Mental Health-Saha, T., Gakhreja, V., Das, A. S., Chakraborty, S., & Saha, S, Proceedings of the 45th International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval. 2022. Link
  • Mental Health Disorder Identification From Motivational Conversations- Saha, T., Reddy, S. M., Saha, S., & Bhattacharyya, P, (2022) Link
  • Dr. Can See: Towards Multimodal Disease Diagnosis- Tiwari, A., Manthena, M., Saha, S., Bhattacharyya, P., Dhar, M., & Tiwari, S., 31st ACM international conference on information & knowledge management (CIKM 2022), Link
  • System and Method For Automated Disease Diagnosis- Tiwari, A., Saha, S., Bhattacharyya, P., & Dhar, M., Indian Patent, Under review
  • A knowledge infused context driven dialogue agent for disease diagnosis using hierarchical reinforcement learning- Tiwari, A., Saha, S., & Bhattacharyya, P. (2022), Knowledge-Based Systems 242 (2022): 108292, Link
  • Symptoms are known by their companies: towards association guided disease diagnosis assistant-Tiwari, A., Saha, T., Saha, S., Bhattacharyya, P., Begum, S., Dhar, M., & Tiwari, S, BMC Bioinformatics(2022) Link
  • Towards Symptom Assessment Guided Symptom Investigation and Disease Diagnosis-Tiwari, A., Raj, R., Saha, S., Bhattacharyya, P., Tiwari, S., & Dhar, M. IEEE Transactions on Artificial Intelligence (2023) Link

Registration Details

Normal Registration (until 30th March 2023)

  • Regular Registrant: €725
  • Regular Registrant Reduced Rate (BCS / ACM Members) €625
  • Regular Student: €425

Late/Onsite Registration (after 30th March 2023)

  • Late Registrant: €775
  • Late Registrant Reduced Rate (BCS / ACM Members) €675
  • Late Student: €475

Virtual Registration (non-authors)

  • Regular Registrant (online only): €100
  • Student (online only): €65

All registrations must be done via ECIR 2023 registration site: