October 23: Money talks? The impact of corporate funding on academic research in information law and policy
The Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam, as part of the European Hub of the Global Network of Centers for Internet and Society (NoC), is organizing a conference to understand the scope, structure, amount, topics and beneficiaries of corporate funding in research, discuss internal safeguards of research independence and integrity, explore interfaces and firewalls between academia and industry and investigate the impact of corporate funding. The do’s and dont’s of private funding and research collaborations with private partners is a topic that is particular relevant in AI research, where private parties play a pivotal role as owners of technology, data and influence.
More information here.
October 25: Mini-conference ‘The limits of analytics’, UvA Economics & Business
UvA Economics & Business (founding member of the QTEM network) is hosting the QTEM Annual Event this year. Deans, staff, students and alumni of 25 partner universities and also corporate partners will participate in this event.
UvA staff and students are invited to attend the QTEM conference (topic: The limits of AI), the QTEM students Quantitative Data Challenge Finals and drinks afterwards (De Brug).
Speakers include Prof. Dr. Natali Helberger and Dr. Andrea Weihrauch. Date: Friday 25 October
Location: REC M1.01
Please register by sending a message to Evalien Rauws of the UvA EB exchange office.
November 19: Perceiving and Interacting with Algorithms and Bots
Most conversational agents are driven by algorithms and bots, striving to create a satisfying user experience. Yet, it is unclear how these agents should look and act. Should they appear human in order to provide users with a natural interaction? Or, will a humanlike appearance needlessly raise their expectations or make users uncomfortable because of their eeriness? Should they be cheery or serious when providing assistance to humans? Should they express empathy to users who express problems or complaints? Answers to such questions require systematic research on the psychological effects of affordances embedded in these agents. This talk by prof. S. Shyam Sundar (Penn State) will provide a framework for conducting research with AI-driven media by invoking the speaker’s Theory of Interactive Media Effects (TIME) and discuss how the cues transmitted by such media affect user experience differently than the user actions invited by them, and provide solutions for resolving the tension between machine agency and human agency. This keynote is also part of Conversations 2019, the 3rd International Workshop on Chatbot Research, hosted by the RPA Communication and its Digital Communication Methods Lab this year.
More information here.
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