Dal grad students develop robot to assist with international student visa applications

August 10, 2017

Three computer science graduate students at Dalhousie University have founded RovBOT, a computer-powered chatbot that can answer international students’ questions about the visa application process using Facebook Messenger. Founders Ruhi Madiwale, Dhivya Jayaraman, and JeyaBalaji Samuthiravelu are themselves international students from India, and Madiwale notes that for students like them, time zone differences can make it difficult to connect with university or government personnel over the phone and meet application deadlines. Madiwale adds that the team’s target customer is universities’ international student support departments, whose advisors spend much of their time answering the same few questions. Metro