Development of a Mobile Nutritional Assistant for Supermarkets with the technology DialogFlow

Luis Caballero. (2019). Development of a Mobile Nutritional Assistant for Supermarkets with the technology DialogFlow. Final Career Project (TFG). Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, ETSI Telecomunicación.

The use of the internet as a means of information search has been spread until the point that people have replaced traditional encyclopedia by applications or Google. This is due to the ease and speed that the Internet offers. It is much easier to find what you are looking for by typing it on the Internet than looking for it inside a book. The internet gives the user the capacity to write the specific words to find the answer. This insight does not escape from the view of business. In a world hugely hit by the economic crisis, business universe looks for strategic ways to spend less money offering better services. The solution is in computerization and robotization. Robotization is the order of the day. At every moment it is imposing around the virtual world and its presence will destroy millions of jobs, but there is no reason to be alarmed because, in turn, it will generate many more. It has become usual to find chatbots in multiple web pages. They are a simple, fast and cheap way to attend the users, and they are orientated to any kind of subject, from public attention to shopping assistants. The main risk here is to not satisfy the user’s needs and to show an impersonal and far away image. And in this line this project addresses to eliminate or at least mitigate this risk. The objective of this project is to program a chatbot in an Android application who helps and advises the users of what food is better for them. To get there, this project has been divided in two parts. First one, analyze the different ways chatbots can be programmed. Second, integrate the adopted solution into a Android application with an attractive and visual interface.