Consortium with ACHC receives funding on chatbots from NWO Open Competition

Published on January 15, 2020 – A consortium consisting of scientists from the humanities, social sciences, and artificial intelligence has been awarded an NWO grant of EUR 750,000 to study the development and effectiveness of chatbots to promote healthy behavior. ACHC member Gert-Jan de Bruijn is involved in the consortium.

In 2019, NWO started a research trajectory to finance research grants that focused on studying complex topics, resulting from the digitalization of society. In this consortium’s proposal, a collaboration is initiated between Tilburg University, Radboud University, and the University of Amsterdam to develop chatbots that are capable of engaging in long-term and motivating interactions with people. These chatbots will use recent insights from computational linguistics and behavioral change to encourage people to behave in a healthier manner. The field-testing of these chatbots will be done in collaboration with societal partners Trimbos and Aidsfonds, and the chatbots will be co-developed by Flow.ai.

The grant finances three PhD studies and will start in the spring of 2020.

More information about the research can be found on the NWO website (in Dutch): https://www.nwo.nl/actueel/nieuws/2019/12/in-negen-samenwerkingsprojecten-onderzoeken-sociale-en-geesteswetenschappers-gezamenlijk-de-digitale-samenleving.html