NWO grants in Open Competition-Digitalisation

NWO awarded two of the highly competitive grants to FSS researchers.

12/17/2019 | 12:21 PM

Two out of eight grants in the Open Competition - Digitalisation are awarded to: Wouter van Atteveldt, Antske Fokkens and Natali Helberger (UvA): "Rethinking news recommender algorithms: from diverse supply to diverse consumption?" and to Elly Konijn, Johan Hoorn, and Piek Vossen: "Communicating with and Relating to Social Robots: Alice Meets Leolani." Each grant comes with two PhDs and a Postdoc.

Public summary "Communicating with and Relating to Social Robots: Alice Meets Leolani."
To optimize human-robot communication, the pragmatic-semantic aspects of understanding natural language are connected to the mechanisms of social-affective bonding with robots. Put simply, what is needed from a robot conversationally for people to become friends with an artificial other? This results in blueprints for effective and personalized robot communication scenarios.

"Rethinking news recommender algorithms: from diverse supply to diverse consumption?"
Using algorithms such as Facebook and Google can lead to people accidentally entering a "filter bubble". This project aims to build improved news algorithms. Through this research, social and humanities researchers want to encourage people to read about various topics and perspectives so that they know better what is going on in the country.