Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Wise Macaw
We are five graduate and undergraduate students of cognitive science, computer science, and applied physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Our motivation stems from companionship being a fundamental human desire. Our goal is to build a virtual companion—an emotionally intelligent bot that can converse with a human. The bot will use its personality, humor, and information obtained from online knowledge resources to engage its human partner on both the emotional and practical levels. Our companion bot will bond with its users and make the user-experience as life-like as possible.