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HI members present 4 papers at top multi-agent conference

The AAMAS conference is widely recognised as the top conference on multi-agent systems in AI. Increasingly, AAMAS papers concern multi-agent systems where some of the agents are humans. The HI consortium had 4 papers at this top-conference:

AAMAS workshop

  • CORE: Towards Scalable and Efficient Causal Discovery with Reinforcement Learning by Andreas Sauter, Nicolò Botteghi, Erman Acar and Aske Plaat
  • Emergent Cooperation under Uncertain Incentive Alignment by Nicole Orzan, Erman Acar, Davide Grossi and Roxana Rădulescu              
  • Uncoupled Learning of Differential Stackelberg Equilibria with Commitments by Robert Loftin, Mustafa Mert Çelikok, Herke van Hoof, Samuel Kaski and Frans Oliehoek
  • Toward a Quality Model for Hybrid Intelligence Teams by Davide Dell’Anna, Pradeep K. Murukannaiah, Bernd Dudzik, Davide Grossi, Catholijn M. Jonker, Catharine Oertel and Pinar Yolum

Nicole Orzan runner up in Adaptive Learning Agents Workshop

Nicole Orzan, alongside supervisors Erman Acar, D. Grossi, and Roxana Radulescu, is celebrating a significant achievement as their article, “Learning in Public Goods Games with Non-Linear Utilities: a Multi-Objective Approach,” secured the runner-up spot for best paper at the Adaptive Learning Agents 2024 Workshop during AAMAS! Congratulations!

AAMAS Nicole Orzan

Michiel van der Meer talks LLMs and Hybrid Intelligence at VOGIN-IP 2024

At VOGIN-IP 2024, Michiel van der Meer captivated the audience with a keynote exploring the dynamic world of Large Language Models (LLMs) and the potential of Hybrid Intelligence. Highlighting both the impressive capabilities and current limitations of LLMs, van der Meer emphasized the importance of human oversight in navigating their complexities, particularly in addressing biases and errors.

VOGIN-IP 2024 Michiel van der Meer

Looking ahead, he underscored the undeniable shift towards a hybrid future, envisioning a harmonious blend of artificial intelligence and human insights.

Workshop Success: Exploring Large Language Models’ Impact on Media and Democracy

The recent workshop on “Large Language Models for Media and Democracy: Wrecking or Saving Society?” held on April 23-24, organized by the Hybrid Intelligence Centre in collaboration with CWI, was a hit! Participants dived deep into how AI, especially Large Language Models (LLMs), is reshaping media, democracy, and culture.

Pradeep shared insights from the lively panel discussions: The first panel at the workshop discussed how the new wave of AI, especially, LLMs, are fundamentally changing media, democracy, and even broadly, culture.

In addition to the potential harms such as increasing bias and creating echo chambers, the panel also touched upon positive applications such as detecting sponsored content and separating news from opinions. The panel also discussed what trustworthiness means for this new wave of AI and some potential ways to enhance trustworthiness.

The workshop was a fantastic chance for experts to come together, share ideas, and chart the future of AI in media and democracy. Keep an eye out for more events like this.

Enrico Liscio is awarded his PhD degree

On Monday 22 April, Enrico Liscio was the first PhD student from the Hybrid Intelligence Center to defend his thesis, entitled “Context-specific value inference via Hybrid Intelligence”. The premise of Enrico’s thesis is that in Hybrid Intelligence systems, agents will need to be aware of the norms and values of the humans they collaborate with. Enrico devised a method that allows the artificial agents to identify, classify and estimate those values from observations of the behaviour of the human agents in the system, as summarised in the diagram below. 

To validate his results, Enrico performed experiments in the domain of policy making (understanding the concerns of citizens), and in the domain of behaviour change (learning to live with diabetes).

The committee awarded Enrico’s PhD with a “cum laude”, a predicate that is reserved for the top 5% of PhD theses in the field.

Maarten de Rijke Awarded Keith van Rijsbergen Award at ECIR 2024

Many congratulations to Maarten de Rijke for receiving the Keith van Rijsbergen Award during the European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR) 2024 in Glasgow last Monday. The award recognizes De Rijke’s extensive contributions to information retrieval.

The panel was particularly impressed by Maarten’s sustained efforts over the years in ensuring strong theoretical foundations in his diverse and numerous contributions to information retrieval, as well as his sustained efforts in pushing the boundaries of the field.

For further details, visit ECIR 2024’s website.

HI Colleagues Win Best Paper at ECIR

Big congratulations to our own HI colleagues, Suzan Verberne and Maarten de Rijke. Together with their co-authors they won the Best Paper Prize in the IR4good (Information Retrieval for Good) track at the ECIR conference, for their work on “Measuring Gender Bias in a Ranked List Using Term-Based Representations.” 

HI team wins silver at Humane-AI-net LWM Hackathon

A team consisting of Niklas Höpner, Leon Eshuijs, Giacomo Zamprogno and Dimitris Alivanistos won 2nd place in a Hackathon in Kaiserslautern, organised by the European Network of Excellence HumaneAINet.

In this two-day hackathon, talents were invited to imagine the future of scientific processes in the age of foundational models. Participants had to propose the next “startup” that supports human-AI collaboration on scientific tasks, and experimented with the powers and limitations of ChatGPT to develop a minimum viable product . 

The HI team was ranked 2nd with their solution that focused on generating novel research hypotheses, by trying to identify pairs of papers that have the potential to be combined to form a new one. Apart from ending up as one of the top teams, is noteworthy that this team was composed of researchers from 4 different research groups at UvA and VU, and two of them just recently started there PhD with us.

Birna van Riemsdijk expert for SZW and BZK on Generative AI policy

Birna van Riemsdijk contributed as expert to a panel and consecutive interview of the ministries of Sociale Zaken en Werkgelegenheid (SZW) en Binnenlandse Zaken (BZK) to inform their Generative AI policy (2023). 

Session report panel on work and generative AI: “We need human-driven technology” Bijeenkomst over werken en generatieve AI: “We moeten naar mens-gedreven techniek”  

Interview “In conversation with machines: dr. Birna van Riemsdijk on machine learning and generative AI” In gesprek met machines: dr. Birna van Riemsdijk over machine learning en generatieve AI.

Autonomous Agents Research Award

Professor Catholijn Jonker Receives 2024 Autonomous Agents Research Award

Professor Catholijn Jonker of the Delft University of Technology has been awarded the 2024 ACM/SIGAI Autonomous Agents Research Award. Her groundbreaking work in human-machine interaction, particularly regarding modeling the cognitive processes and concepts involved in negotiation and teamwork, has earned her this prestigious recognition. Her leadership in initiating the Automated Negotiating Agents Competition at AAMAS and IJCAI, along with her contributions to integrating interactive intelligence for hybrid systems, showcases her remarkable impact on the field. Beyond her research, Professor Jonker’s commitment to promoting diversity in academia and advancing responsible AI underscores her dedication to shaping the future of technology. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor!

Workshop “Large Language Models for media and democracy: wrecking or saving society?”
April 23-24, 2024

Join us on April 23-24, 2024, at CWI for a workshop on “Large Language Models for media and democracy: wrecking or saving society?”. Over recent years, foundational models, such as large language models (LLMs) and multi-modal systems, have revolutionized our capabilities in understanding, analyzing, and generating human language. Leveraging artificial neural network computations trained on extensive document datasets, these models enable advanced tasks related to language, audio, video, and image processing.

This workshop explores technical and societal issues of foundational models, emphasizing the Dutch ecosystem. We’ll map challenges in developing and impacting society, especially in media and democracy. Addressing crucial issues and discussing recent developments are imperative due to the newness of these models, ensuring responsible navigation of their influence.

Join us for a day of insightful discussions and collaborative exploration. Sign up now!

Virginia Dignum appointed at United Nations Advisory Body on AI

Virginia Dignum, associate professor on Social Artificial Intelligence at TUD and professor on AI and Society at Umeå University, Sweden, has been appointed as a member of the United Nation’s High-Level Advisory Body on Artificial Intelligence. The body provides advice and proposes solutions for the governance and management of AI at the global international level. Virginia is one of the in total 38 experts that were appointed, from different scientific fields and backgrounds.

Best paper award at CoNLL in Singapore for Max van Duijn

Max van Duijn and his co-authors received the best paper award at the yearly Conference on Computational Natrural Language Learning (CoNLL) in Singapore for the Children’s Story Corpus on which they had been working on since 2019 at LIACS. The resource paper releases ChiSCor, a new corpus containing 619 fantasy stories, told freely by 442 Dutch children aged 4-12. The paper details how ChiSCor was compiled and shows its potential for future work as well as a reflection on the value of narrative datasets in computational linguistics.

HI and TNO announce collaboration at World AI Summit

At the World AI Summit in Amsterdam in October 2023, Catholijn Jonker (HI) and Peter Werkhoven (TNO) announced that the Hybrid Intelligence Center and TNO will enter a collaboration focussed on augmenting humans with AI, starting with diabetes self management. A two-way transfer lab is opened to research the effective and responsible use of human-centric AI in real world situations.

Siddharth Mehrotra awarded as DAAD AInet fellow

Siddarth Mehrotra has been selected as a DAAD AInet fellow for the Postdoc-NeT-AI Networking Week on Human-centered AI. DAAD is the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst), the world’s largest funding organisation for the international exchange of students and researchers. The Postdoctoral Networking Tour in Artificial Intelligence (Postdoc NeT-AI) aims to offer scientific talents from all over the world a personalized gateway to the German AI research community. The fellowship includes a fully sponsored one week visit to any research institution or university in Germany, membership in DAAD Ainet Fellows Network and DAAD Alumni Association.

Jordi Top invited speaker at Logic and Interative Rationality Seminar

Jordi Top was invited speaker at the Logic and Interative Rationality Seminar, the weekly seminar of the Amsterdam Dynamics Group, focusing on the logical, philosophical and computational aspects of agency, rational interaction and social informational dynamics. The talk was on the article ‘Predictive Theory of Mind Models Based on Public Announcement Logic’ which proposes a method of adding Theory of Mind limitations to epistemic logic. A recording of the talk can be found
here.

Coverpiece on the HI programme in I/O Magazine 

I/O magazine publishes in their December 2023 issue a coverpiece on the Hybrid Intelligence Programme. Author Bennie Mols interviewed Hayley Hung and Bart Verheij on the programme, the implications of ChatGPT and how they hope the programme will affect the development of AI.  

Best paper award for Ilaria, Victor and Stefan

The paper “Knowledge Engineering for Hybrid Intelligence” by Ilaria Tiddi, Victor de Boer, Stefan Schlobach (all VU Amsterdam) and André Meyer-Vitali (DFKI) received the best research paper award at KCAP 2023, the conference on Knowledge Capture, one of the two leading venues worldwide on Knowledge Engineering. 

The paper investigates how classical Knowledge Engineering methods can be adapted for use in HI scenarios, and proposes a new ontology for HI knowledge roles, a set of HI tasks, and a repository for HI scenario’s, allowing reuse, validation and design of existing and new HI applications.

 

Catholijn Jonker elected as NAE fellow 

Catholijn Jonker was elected as one of founding Fellows of the newly formed Netherlands Academy of Engineering. The NAE unites the top experts active in technological sciences and applied research and development. Only 62 leading experts nationwide were elected as founding Fellows across all disciplines.  

NAE Appoints 62 Leading Experts – NAE 

Catholijn Jonker

Booklet on AI by Bennie Mols 

Science journalist Bennie Mols published a booklet for the general public on how AI can support humans instead of replacing them, with an entire chapter on Hybrid Intelligence.  

Tenure for Shihan Wang 

Shihan Wang got tenure at the department of Information and Computing Science, Faculty of Science, Utrecht University. She will continue her research on reinforcement learning, with a focus on learning through efficient and reliable communication. It covers the interactions between human and agent, as well as among multiple agents. 

Honorable Mention at ACII 2023 for paper by HI members 

The paper “Fine-grained Affective Processing Capabilities Emerging from Large Language Models” by Joost Broekens, Bernhard Hilpert, Suzan Verberne, Kim Baraka, Patrick Gebhard and Aske Plaat has won the Honorable Mention at the International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interactions (ACII 2023). Their paper is available here.

Ammodo interviews Frank van Harmelen

Frank van Harmelen was interviewed by Ammodo, an organisation that stimulates the development of arts, architecture and sciences. The interview (in dutch) discusses how human and machine can collaborate successfully.

Bernd Dudzik, Mike Ligthart, Erman Acar, and Karine Miras promoted to Assistant professors

Four of our HI Post-docs were promoted to assistant professors. Luckily, they will stay affiliated with the Hyrbid Intelligence Centre having projects to supervise in the 1st or 2nd recruitment round. We are looking forward to their much-valued contributions to the programme.

VIDI-grant for Andrew Yates

Andrew Yates won an NWO VIDI grant for his research proposal entitled ‘IDEAS: Incremental Dense Representations’. The research concerns improvements to content-based search and recommendation systems. These usually take a piece of text as an input, such as a web page or a job posting, and create a representation of this entire text that is used to return results for the user’s query or recommendation need. This approach works well, but it lacks control over how parts of the input text influence the resulting representation. Andrew proposes a paradigm where information is incrementally added into a representation piece-by-piece. This control can improve result quality and enable analysis of the content inside a representation, allowing us to look for harmful content like biases.

FoMo lecture by Selene Báez Santamaría

Selene Báez Santamaría gave a lecture in the FoMo series, which is a series of seminars highlighting the work being done in Amsterdam around foundation models: large, highly re-usable machine learning models trained on great amounts of data.

Selenes FoMo lecture is entitled ‘A Practical Approach to GPTx Models: Evaluating Task-Specific Performance and Insights’, concerning task-specific performance of large language models. Within research, the API accessibility of such models has made it possible to effortlessly explore these model’s performance on a wide range of scientific tasks. In this talk Selene presented her findings from three specific tasks: knowledge base completion, argument mining, and task-oriented dialogue incorporating subjective knowledge.

Mike Ligthart presents at TEDxVUAmsterdam

Mike Ligthart was one of the speakers of the third event of TEDxVUAmsterdam, which focussed on the theme ‘Shaping Tomorrow’. His TEDtalk, entitled ‘A Robot With a Story’, introduced the audience to Hero and Memo, two social robots. Hero wants to become champion of the robo-olympics. Memo, on the other hand, has no nose and just wants to know how the forest smells like. Through their stories, Hero is able to distract children with cancer from stressful moments in the hospital and Memo is able to elicit stories, thought forgotten, from people with dementia. These stories were created by a close collaboration between creative writers, the people interacting with the robots, and me, an artificial intelligence (AI) researcher. In this TEDtalk, Mike reflected on this collaboration, and professed his love for the profession of writers and all that it brings. By understanding, no feeling, the human experience writers are pivotal for designing meaningful interactions between people and social robots. Something AI cannot solve on its own.

The TED talk can be viewed here.

Robosurgery case study for HI team

A team of the HI consortium will have an exciting robosurgery case study meeting on June 19 at the Erasmus MC. The program includes demos, short presentations, and hands-on activities, and the team gets the chance to wear a full medical suit and try to sew a dummy blood vessel. This helps the team concretize research themes, research questions, methods, and evaluation metrics for the coming years, as well as identifying synergies with current and upcoming projects.

HI Consortium meeting 8-10 May 2023

This May, next to several different weather types, the Vlieland meeting has offered us a programme centered around co-activities. Matt Johnson presented his keynote lecture on “Co-activity analysis” and guided the subsequent exercise to try and make a co-activity analysis for our two Case Studies on Diabetes and Robotic Surgery. We enjoyed each others company while having dinner, going for beautiful walks, including the HI outdoor assignment organised by Davide Dell’Anna, bowling, swimming and watching the movies selected by Max van Duijn. We thank all Matrix Leads for organising their meetings and giving an introduction to the new structure in HI.

Pinar Yolum appointed professor of Trustworthy AI (UU)

Pinar Yolum has been appointed professor of Trustworthy AI at Utrecht University, Faculty of Science, Department of Information and Computing Sciences.

Roel Dobbe presents at UC Berkely and UC San Diego

From end of March to early May, Roel Dobbe was on a mini-sabbatical in California, spending time with this former colleagues from his time as PhD at UC Berkely. In addition, he visited UC San Diego. At both UCs he presented on his research vision and main results, entitled: ‘Algorithms as Sociotechnical Systems: A systems and control paradigm for research, engineering and governance’.

Christof Monz appointed professor of Language Technology (UvA)

Christof Monz has been appointed professor of Language Technology at the Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam (UvA). His professorial inauguration is on June 1st 2023, entitled “From patterns to meaning and back”.

Roel Dobbe tenured at Department of Engineering Systems and Services (TUD)

Roel Dobbe got tenure at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management in the Department of Engineering Systems and Services. His lab, called “Socio-Technical-Ecological perspectives on Algorithmic and Data-driven (STEAD) Systems Lab”, aims to build bridges between the technical disciplines typically involved in the foundational advances in these systems as well as their applications, and the many non-technical disciplines and actors that are or should be engaged in better understanding their impacts and design for safer and more responsible configurations.

Rineke Verbrugge chairs TARK 2023

This year, Rineke Verbrugge is the programme chair of “The Nineteenth Conference on Theoretical Aspects of Rationality and Knowledge”, TARK 2023, which will be held in Oxford, UK, end of June 2023.

Rineke Verbrugge invited for prestigious Lindström Lectures in Sweden

Rineke Verbrugge was invited to give the prestigious 2023 Lindström Lectures. The lecture, entitled ‘Aspects of provability and interpretability’ is held at University of Gothenborg, Sweden in May 2023.

HI part of winning team in the AI for Global Climate Cooperation Competition

Erman Acar, Robert Loftin and Bram Renting were part of the winning team in the AI for Global Climate Cooperation Competition. This competition focused at designing climate agreements and negotiation protocols that lead to a sustainable future.

The winning team had the highest score in the area of climate and global economy, and excelled on the real-world applicability of their developed negotiation protocols, by making the relation with international agreements of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) if the European Union.

www.ai4climatecoop.org

Michiel van der Meer presents at NEN on language models

On March 22, 2023, Michiel van der Meer gave a presentation for the Management Team (MT) of the Dutch Normalisation Institute (Nederlands Normalisatie Instituut, NEN) on languagemodels such as LLMs and ChatGPT. In this MT meeting also a SWOT analysis was made, in which Hybrid Intelligence was identified as an opportunity.

Henry Prakken wins Stanford CodeX 2023 prize

At CodeX FutureLaw 2023 Conference, it was announced that Henry Prakken was awarded with the 2023 CodeX Prize, an annual award given to an individual or group for a noteworthy contribution to computational law. He is one of the three winning academic researchers from three different countries who have collaborated for decades on legal argumentation theory. Their areas of research broadly impact on how artificial intelligence can be leveraged in the formulation of sophisticated legal arguments.

More information

Siddharth Mehrotra wins book from Prof. Ben Shneiderman

With his report entitled ‘Designing for Appropriate Trust in Human-AI Interaction’, Siddharth Mehrotra was one of the winners of best report on Human-Centered AI on the topic of Designing for Appropriate Trust in Human-AI Interaction organized by Prof. Ben Shneiderman in cooperation with Oxford University Press 100th NOTE of Human-Centered AI Google Group. He will receive a copy of the book Human-Centered AI from Oxford University Press.

Siddarth Mehrotra gives keynote at ‘Authenticity in the Digital Age’ symposium in Tilburg

In April 2023, Siddarth Mehrotra gave a keynote entitled ‘Authenticity in the Digital Age: Designing for Appropriate Trust ‘at the ‘Authenticity in the Digital Age’ symposium in Tilburg. He explained how authentic data can contribute to our trust in computer systems.

Authenticity in the Digital Age | Tilburg University

Workshop on Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Technologies for Mingling

On 2 May, Hayley Hung aims to present an overarching view of the research results of the NWO funded Vidi project MINGLE (Modelling Social Group Dynamics and Interaction Quality in Complex Scenes using Multi-Sensor Analysis of Non-Verbal Behaviour). The research results of MINGLE will feed into a new ERC Consolidator grant funded project NEON (Nonverbal Intention Modelling) which will focus on the analysis of intention, particularly  in mingling settings.

To participate, register here

Location : Vakwerkhuis, Delft, 9h45-17h00

Hayley Hung wins ERC consolidator grant

Hayley Hung has been  awarded an ERC consolidator grant. The NEON project investigates how we can develop artificially intelligent systems to infer social intentions from non-verbal behaviour.


The project addresses intention detection in  open-ended contexts involving large unstructured social gatherings such as networking or mingling events. During these events, there are no prearranged conversations, multiple conversations can occur at the same time, and all conversation come about via coordination with multiple independent actors with their own possibly conflicting goals. How do we train machines to perceive plausible intentions in these complex, unstructured social environments? 

Frank van Harmelen gives keynote at SWAT4HCLS in Basel

Frank gave the closing keynote at the annual “Semantic Web Applications and Tools for Healthcare and Life Sciences” in Basel, on systems that combine learning and reasoning, including HI relevant architectures for using knowledge to constrain, accelerate and explain learning. 

Birna van Riemsdijk among the 5 nominees for Women in AI NL

We’re proud that Birna van Riemsdijk is one of the 5 nominees for the “Women researchers in AI NL” awards. The award is dedicated to women conducting research that has an impact on the future of AI, women willing to contribute with their expertise and personality to lead the future of AI. Many congratulations to Birna for this well deserved nomination!

2nd Workshop on Human-Interactive Robot Learning

Kim Baraka is co-organising the 2nd Workshop on Human-Interactive Robot Learning, at the Human-Robot Interaction conference in Stockholm in May 2023. 

Does AI need a body? Debate at the VU, 9 Dec

Most applications of AI do not have a face or a body and it is mostly a “hidden” system that is difficult to relate to for people. In this debate, we discuss whether AI needs a body. Are there any benefits, what are the differences with virtual AI, how difficult is it and how can we make progress in science and technology development? Several panellists will present their view and have a moderated debate with students and colleagues.

Friday 9 Dec, 15h-17h30, Aurora, HG-0C29, VU Amsterdam. See here for details

Henry Prakken invited speaker at European Anti-Fraud Office

Henri Prakken was invited speaker at the Conference on Judgment- and Decision Making in fraud and corruption investigations, organised by the European Anti-Fraud Office Brussels (Belgium), 7-8 December 2022 with a talk entitled ‘Three approaches to rational proof in criminal cases’.


HI Consortium meeting 6 February 2023

The programme of our consortium meeting in Amersfoort was centered around the Debate on the relevance of Large Language Models to HI. Each panel member, Piek Vossen, Maarten de Rijke, and Bart Verheij, presented two propositions to start a lively panel discussion with the audience.
Masha Tsfasman under the guidance of Enrico and Catholijn from the TU Delft team won the ChatGPT challenge, with “The promising use-case of ChatGPT: Analysing group deliberations and debates”. To make sure that the new projects and their initiators of our second recruitment round are well known to all consortium members we organised speed-dates to discuss the project goals and how they connect with the existing projects and initiatives.

Birna van Riemsdijk wraps up VIDI project with symposium on “Being human in the digital society: on technology, norms and us”.

Birna van Riemsdijk (Univ. of Twente) wrapped up her VIDI project with a symposium on “Being human in the digital society: on technology, norms and us”. Various HI members participated and contributed. There’s a brief report on the symposium, including a 10min video on the project.

Selene Baez member of winning team for ISWC knowledge graph construction challenge

Selene Baez from the CTLT team at the VU was member of the all-VU team that won the challenge at the International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) on constructing symbolic knowledge graphs from neural large language models. Their paper “Prompting as probing” describing their results can be found here

HI team wins argument mining challenge at COLING 2022

A team consisting of HI members Michiel van der Meer, Urja Khurana, Lea Krause and Selene Baez, together with their VU colleague Myrthe Reuver won the COLING 2022 challenge on predicting the validity and novelty of arguments stated in natural language as part of the 9th Workshop on Argument Mining. Their work is reported here.

Best paper at COLING 2022 workshop

Selene Baez, Piek Vossen and their colleague Thomas Baier won the best paper award at the 1st Workshop on Customized Chat Grounding Persona and Knowledge for their paper Evaluating Agent Interactions Through Episodic Knowledge Graphs

 

Henry Prakken gives keynote at LNGAI 2022

Henri Prakken was keynote speaker, at the Second International Workshop on Logics for New-Generation Artificial Intelligence (LNGAI 2022), Zhuhai Campus of Sun Yat-sen University, China. (online because of covid-19), speaking on ‘Principle-based and principled formal studies of argumentation: the case of gradual semantics.’

HHAI 2022 proceedings available

The proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Hybrid Human-Artificial Intelligence (HHAI 2022) are now available under open access. Download them here

PhD defense of Mike Ligthart

“A sense of connection is essential when deploying robots for children”. 

Mike Lighthart defends his PhD thesis on 30 September. See here for an explanation of his work (in Dutch)

AI learns when to leave a decision to an expert

Part of being smart is knowing where your limitations lie. Learning AI systems have long been bad at this. But thanks to UvA researchers Rajeev Verma and Eric Nalisnick, AI systems are now starting to learn when it would be better to leave a decision to a human expert. See here for a brief explanation.

Catholijn Jonker keynote speaker at IC3K 2022

Catholijn Jonker is keynote speaker at the combined IC3K conferences in Malta, on the topic “Self-Reflective Hybrid Intelligence: Combining Human with Artificial Intelligence and Logic

HHAI 2022 Conference

Here is a video impression of our very successful First International Conference on Hybrid Human-Artificial Intelligence.

250 participants, 5 days, 7 workshops, 45 main conference papers

NIAS Fellowship for Davide Grossi

Davide has been selected for a 5 months fellowship at NIAS, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Science of the Royal Dutch Academy of Science, studying  how to develop digital democracy algorithms that we can trust to be truly democratic. 

Best Paper at AAMAS 2022

Davide Grossi won a best paper award at the AAMAS (International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems).

The paper called “Social Choice Around the Block: On the Computational Social Choice of Blockchain” charts a research agenda at the interface of multi-agent systems and blockchain research. Davide Grossi won the award in the “Blue Sky Ideas track”, which emphasises visionary ideas, long-term challenges and new research opportunities.

Best Paper at HRI 2022

Mike Ligthart, Koen Hindriks and Mark Neerincx received the Best paper award  at HRI 2022, the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction 2022 for their paper: Memory-Based Personalization for Fostering a Long-Term Child-Robot Relationship. Impressive!

NWO Grant for Eric Nalisnick

Eric Nalisnick has won a prestigious VENI grant from NWO on “Continual Learning under Human Guidance”.

Winning the NeurIPS IGLU Challenge

Our PhD students Putra  Manggala,  Kata Naszadi, Michiel van der Meer and Tawewoon Kim won the IGLU contest on ‘ Interactive Grounded Language Understanding in a Collaborative Environment’ at NeurIPS 2021.

Paper of the year award

Our paper “A Research Agenda for Hybrid Intelligence” in IEEE Computer received the paper of the year award!

HHAI 2022

We are organising the 1st International Conference on Hybrid Human-Artificial Intelligence, 13-17 June 2022 in Amsterdam. See https://www.hhai-conference.org/ for more information.