Will It Blend? Mixing Training Paradigms &
Prompting for Argument Quality Prediction


"Recently, I participated with fellow PhD students from Piek's lab in a Shared Task of the Argument Mining workshop on NLP and argument prediction. Now we have been awarded first place, and have written a corresponding System Description."

- Michiel van der Meer 



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.

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

      Download them here


HI Meetings & Activities


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 discussed 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?  See here for detail.



“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.



PhD defense of Mike Ligthart

“A sense of connection is essential when deploying robots for children”. 
Mike Lighthart defended his PhD thesis on 30 September. See here for an explanation of his work (in Dutch).



HI Colloquium and Reading group goes live

The Friday meeting, October 28th was organized by Cor, Nicole and Ludi in Groningen. The online colloquia organized by Annet and Delaram had a ‘social hour’ with a wonderful game about a killer HI, for which they had even produced beautiful cards.


On Friday 25 November, our colloquium meeting, organized by Bram, took place in the historic ‘Oude Sterrewacht’ in Leiden, followed by an Q&A meeting with Catholijn on the new plans and structure of the HI project. On the live occasions, we ended the meetings in a café with conversation over food and drinks.

Many thanks to all hosts for their hospitality!



HI consortium meetings

6 February 2023
8 - 10 May 2023
12 - 13 September 2023

Calendar invites

- 1-day meeting (6 Feb)
- 1st day, 2nd day, 3rd day (8-10 May)
- 1st day, 2nd day (12-13 Sep)


Papers & Prizes


Winning team for ISWC 2022 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.


NIAS Fellowship 

Davide Grossi 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 CCGPK - COLING 2022

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."


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.


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!




External events


Selection Keynotes 2022

"Influence-based Abstraction for Faster (Multiagent) Planning and Learning"
Frans Oliehoek keynote speaker at Berkeley MARL seminar, Berkeley University, USA

"Knowledge Graphs for Impactful Data Science"
Victor de Boer keynote speaker at SEMPDW - CEUWS 2022 - Vienna, Austria 

"Three approaches to rational proof in criminal cases"
Henry Prakken was invited speaker at the European Anti-Fraud Office 2022 - Brussels, Belgium

“Communicative Robots for aligning humans and machines”
Piek Vossen keynote speaker at TNO App. AI Splash Event 2022, Utrecht, Netherlands

"Tools for Collecting, Synchronizing, and Annotating Ecologically Valid Social Behaviour In-the-Wild"
Hayley Hung keynote speaker at Meet4MM - Lisbon, Portugal 

Self-Reflective Hybrid Intelligence: Combining Human with Artificial Intelligence and Logic
Catholijn Jonker keynote speaker at IC3K-KEOD 2022 - Valletta, Malta



From the management


Re-organising HI

Since our start in 2020, the consortium has been growing with new people willing to invest their time in exploring Hybrid Intelligence. Why re-organise? With the launch of our 2nd cohort of PhD/PD positions we aim to create space for ideas, leadership and career development for researchers who weren't necessarily involved in the initial proposal.







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