Manno/Chiasso - The training platform SkillGym from LifeLike Interactions has been further developed with the help of artificial intelligence specialists at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI). SkillGym trains the interactive capabilities of management personnel.

SkillGym, the training platform for management personnel from LifeLike Interactions, a company based from Chiasso in the Swiss canton of Ticino, has been improved as part of a collaboration with SUPSI. LifeLike, the Institute of Information Systems and Networking (Istituto Sistemi Informativi e Networking, ISIN) at SUPSI, the Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence Research at SUPSI, and the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) have worked together to achieve this. The project was funded by the Swiss agency for innovation promotion, Innosuisse.

SkillGym, a roleplay platform for the development, measurement, and improvement of communicative capabilities, won the world’s most important accolade for educational technology last year: the Global Edtech Start-up Award. It is based on artificial intelligence and augmented reality. According to a press release, the partners have now further enhanced this training tool with the latest natural language understanding technology and created a prototype. The information provided states that it is already used in over 20 countries by more than 300,000 executives per week.

The Director of the Dalle Molle Institute, Andrea Emilio Rizzoli, comments: “This type of collaboration is paramount to us as it gives us direct feedback on the validity of our ideas and enables us to further develop and refine the experience gained with the use of algorithms.”

Over the coming months, psychological tests and functional magnetic resonance imaging will analyze how systematic use of SkillGym can improve individuals’ empathetic capability, for instance for treating autism spectrum disorders.

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