M.E. Basar MSc (Erkan)
PhD candidate - Communication Science
PhD candidate - Behavioural Science Institute
Thomas van Aquinostraat 4
6525 GD NIJMEGEN
6500 HE NIJMEGEN
Erkan is a PhD candidate working as part of the Communication & Media research group with a focus on artificial intelligence, computational modelling, and machine learning applications. His main interests are conversational agents, computational theory of mind, information extraction, text mining, and natural language processing.
He obtained his master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence at Radboud University in 2017. He has worked as an AI engineer and computational linguist at a company, namely FloodTags (2016-2020). During his work at the company, he has developed information systems that process textual data to collect critical information about natural disaster events in real-time from online (social and mainstream) media.
- 2020 - 2025 "Look Who’s Talking: Towards Engaging Long-Term Interactions with Conversational Agents" is an interdisciplinary collaboration between three universities from the Netherlands, funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO), working together to develop and test a new generation of conversational agents. The main aim of this project is to create and field-test chatbots designed to develop and foster long-term engaging and human-like conversations with humans for two technologically and linguistically diverse domains (smoking cessation and promotion of safe sex) based on recent insights from artificial intelligence, computational linguistics, humanities, and social sciences with expertise from our societal partners. Website: https://look.uvt.nl More information