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
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! https://dl-acm-org.vu-nl.idm.oclc.org/doi/abs/10.5555/3523760.3523775
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.