G.H. Huizing MSc (Gerwin)

About Me

My work is focused on group interaction with a virtual coaching team for older adults regarding their health and well-being. During this work I try to investigate how to make the group dynamic and conversational content such that interacting with the virtual coaching team is engaging, fun, and persuasive, and that the virtual coaching team comes off as a capable coaching team that people can trust.


Engineering & Materials Science
Intelligent Virtual Agents
Multi Agent Systems
Social Sciences


My current research interest is the multiparty interaction between several Embodied Conversational Coaches and older adults in a lifestyle coaching setting. I wonder what the possible advantages and disadvantages of a multiple coaches approach as compared to a single coach approach are. This involves questions about many subjects such as, for example, realism of the interactions in the group, group pressure, group dynamics, trust, roles of the coaches, and presentation of differing perspectives and opinions.


Beinema, T. , Davison, D. , Reidsma, D., Banos, O. , Bruijnes, M., Donval, B., Fides Valero, Á. , Heylen, D., Hofs, D. , Huizing, G., Kantharaju, R. B. , Klaassen, R. , Kolkmeier, J. , Konsolakis, K., Pease, A., Pelachaud, C. , Simonetti, D., Snaith, M., Traver, V. , ... op den Akker, H. (2021). Agents United: An Open Platform for Multi-Agent Conversational Systems. In IVA '21: Proceedings of the 21st ACM International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (pp. 17-24). Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). https://doi.org/10.1145/3472306.3478352
Snaith, M., Conway, N. , Beinema, T., De Franco, D., Pease, A., Kantharaju, R., Janier, M. , Huizing, G., Pelachaud, C. , & op den Akker, H. (2021). A multimodal corpus of simulated consultations between a patient and multiple healthcare professionals. Language resources and evaluation, 55(4), 1077-1092. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10579-020-09526-0
Huizing, G. H. , Klaassen, R. , & Heylen, D. K. J. (2020). Multi-Perspective Persuasion by a Council of Virtual Coaches. Paper presented at 8th International Workshop on Behavior Change Support Systems, BCSS 2020, Aalborg, Denmark. http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-2662/BCSS2020_paper2.pdf
Kantharaju, R. B., Pease, A. , Reidsma, D., Pelachaud, C., Snaith, M. , Bruijnes, M. , Klaassen, R. , Beinema, T. , Huizing, G. , Simonetti, D. , Heylen, D. , & op den Akker, H. (2019). Integrating argumentation with social conversation between multiple virtual coaches. In IVA 2019 - Proceedings of the 19th ACM International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (pp. 203-205). Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). https://doi.org/10.1145/3308532.3329450
Huizing, G. H. , Klaassen, R. , & Heylen, D. K. J. (2019). Designing and Developing Lifelike, Engaging Lifestyle Coaching Agents and Scenarios for Multiparty Coaching Interaction. Paper presented at 2018 AAMAS Workshop on Intelligent Conversation Agents in Home and Geriatric Care Applications, ICAHGCA 2018, Stockholm, Sweden. http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-2338/paper3.pdf
Snaith, M. , op den Akker, H. , Beinema, T. C. , Bruijnes, M., Fides-Valero, Á. , Huizing, G. H., Kantharaju, R. , Klaassen, R. , Konsolakis, K. , Reidsma, D. , & Weusthof, M. H. H. (2018). A Demonstration of Multi-Party Dialogue Using Virtual Coaches: The First Council of Coaches Demonstrator. In S. Modgil, K. Budzynska, J. Lawrence, & K. Budzynska (Eds.), Computational Models of Argument (pp. 473-474). (Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications; Vol. 305). IOS Press. https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-906-5-473


I have worked on helping to organise the course Conversational Agents, and will be guiding students that help us work on the Council of Coaches project.

Affiliated Study Programmes



I work within the Council of Coaches project. We aim to develop a platform with several embodied conversational lifestyle and health behaviour coaches to support older adults to live in greater health and maintain or improve their well-being.

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University of Twente
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands