Kika Annette Arias

Kika Annette Arias
MIT Quest-Bridge Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar
Advisor: Cynthia Breazeal
Department: EECS
Years: 2019-2020
Research Project Title:

Building Computational Model of Health Behavior Intention

abstract:Helping individuals adopt healthy behaviors is a challenge for physicians. When developing new habits, there are physical and mental hurdles that inhibit or prolong reaching success. The transtheoretical model of behavior change identifies the different stages of adopting a new health behavior. I plan to create an interactive system for detecting an individual's state in the transtheoretical model, using self report and behavior assessments. With a social robot, I will gather data on how elderly user's thoughts and behaviors change over several weeks, as they are guided in adopting wellness-based interventions. Detected states can be used to personalize interventions that will support and guide users in adopting and maintaining new habits to improve their physical and mental well being.

"My main goal in life is to make technologies that provide greater access to personalized healthcare. A majority of my work has been from the lens of UX design; I've experimented with using robots and chatbots to deliver interventions and support for individuals. I'm excited to now dive into the data-driven side of healthcare and make a model that can maybe one day be used to help people do anything from quitting smoking to picking up meditation!"