UKRI-JST Joint Call on Artificial Intelligence and Society
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Research Institute of Science and Technology for Society (RISTEX) of Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), are pleased to announce a joint call for proposals exploring the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies on society and the economy. The call is now open and the deadline for applications is 17 July 2019.
Scope of the call
This call aims to foster collaboration between UK and Japanese social science, arts and humanities researchers around the theme of Artificial Intelligence and its impact on society. The call aims to promote interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research and to position the social sciences, arts and humanities as an integral part of the process for developing and exploring AI systems, and ensuring that those systems provide the greatest benefit to people and societies. Ultimately, the call aims to contribute towards the development of a platform for effective and sustained dialogue and engagement between a range of researchers and other relevant stakeholders, eventually leading to practical implementation and policy recommendations.
Closing Date: 17 July 2019
Successful awards will be announced in November 2019 and will be expected to begin in January 2020.
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The University of Kent is currently recruiting a Research Associate to work for 18 months on a new interdisciplinary EPSRC-funded project entitled “PRoCEED: A Platform for Responsive Conversational Agents to Enhance Engagement and Disclosure”. PRoCEED aims to engage in a systematic research study to understand how the characteristics of conversational agents can influence how users engage and disclose sensitive/pertinent information. This project represents a collaboration between the University of Kent, University of East Anglia, Cranfield University and Oxford Brookes University.
Your role at Kent will contribute to the entire project but will be specifically focused on researching, and providing an in-depth understanding of, what constitutes sensitive information and also identifying the critical factors that can impact a user’s perceived trust in a conversational agent.
Your key activities will include: designing and conducting a series of user studies, involving both large-scale experiments/surveys and in-person interviews; analysing data collected from user studies and other experiments using quantitative and qualitative data analysis techniques; and presenting research outcomes from the project at academic and industry venues.
For further information and to apply, visit the University of Kent jobs website. For informal queries about the role, please contact Dr Jason R.C. Nurse (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Closing Date: 9th June 2019
Interviews are to be held: w/c Monday 17 June 2019
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Current Themes in the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence
6 September 2019 at Coventry University, CoventryThe Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University are hosting the 4th Annual Postgraduate Conference of the Society for Terrorism Research. The conference this year is focusing on the current themes in the study of terrorism and political violence and will take place on the 6th September 2019. Click here to see the Call for Papers
We are extending the deadline for abstracts until 14th June 2019.
The cost of the conference will be £45, which will cover all refreshments and give postgraduates one year’s membership in the Society for Terrorism Research for 2019. Accommodation and Travel, if required, will be at the attendee’s own expense.
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PhD – Assessment Of Motivational Processes
Security Lancaster, Lancaster UniversityApplications are invited for a 3.5-year EPSRC DTP PhD studentship in motivation and natural language analysis at Lancaster University. Beginning October 2019, the student will be based in Psychology and supervised by members of Security Lancaster, led by Dr. Ryan Boyd.
The PhD will primarily focus on how ubiquitous motivational processes can be accurately captured, better understood, and ultimately predicted via text and language analysis methods. By applying current and innovative computational techniques to natural language data at both the individual and group level, the PhD will seek to understand how our personal and social psychological processes both reflect and are influenced by the core factors that drive human behaviour. The kinds of questions the PhD might address include:
- Is it possible to determine a person’s core motivating factors from their language?
- In what ways are social psychological processes able to be accurately quantified at the group, cultural, or societal levels?
- Are there normative drivers of affective states and, if so, how can they be assessed?
- Can stable individual differences in the above factors be reliably discerned via language analysis?
To apply, please email a CV, transcript of marks, 1 academic reference, and a 500 word statement outlining why you are interested in this PhD, to email@example.com, using the Subject ‘PhD application.’
Deadline: 20th June 2019
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