Emoti-OS – The artificial, emotionally intelligent chatbot for our school.

Emoti-OS is an ‘emotive’ chatbot. It uses conversations with its users to understand the collective mood of pupils here at Plymouth School of Creative Arts. It is created for and with our pupils to give students a voice and a way to express how they collectively feel about important matters at the school.

Emoti OS

The project is a collaboration with the i-DAT Collective, pupils and staff at Plymouth School of Creative Arts, Intercity and Controlled Frenzy. Emoti-OS speculates whether a chatbot (a computer program that mimics conversation with people using artificial intelligence), with a visual and emotionally driven character, could engage and reflect the collective mood of a school in real time. Whilst doing so, can it also act as a channel for pupils and staff to express how they feel and see how others feel, in real-time, about their learning environment?


A user can interact with Emoti-OS through two interfaces. The first is a physical installation in the school atrium where pupils can select an emoji button which represents one of the seven system emojis (joy, sadness, excitement, fear, confusion, anger and disgust) to which they most relate. Secondly, users can chat with  the online chatbot at Emoti-OS.me, where once they have selected a representative emoji of how they feel, they can engage Emoti-OS in a deeper conversation about why they feel this way and other aspects of school life. Pupils in the school can also pose questions to their peers through Emoti-OS.


With over 14,000 emotive emojis selected since the project launched 10 days ago and over 800 conversations between pupils and the Emoti-OS chatbot, it is evident that this prototype is having an impact. To what level the project can generate increased levels of awareness and empathy through playful, responsive and emotive conversations, is in the future (data); could it work for galleries, museums, other buildings or even a whole City?

We could always ask Emoti-OS….

chat to Emoti-OS at emoti-os.me


Emoti-OS is a collaborative project realised by:


i-DAT with Plymouth University: B Aga, Mike Phillips & Dawn Melville

Plymouth School of Creative Arts: Angus Reith & Charlie, Isaac, Finley, Zaskia

Intercity: Nathan Gale, Trystan Thompson & William Hibberd

Controlled Frenzy: Chris Hunt

The project is funded through Plymouth City Council’s DATA Play initiative and i-DAT with Plymouth University.http://i-dat.org/