NWA-ORC grant for research on low resource conversational agents

Date of news: 9 May 2022

NWA-ORC grant for research on low resource conversational agents

Dr. Faegheh Hasibi and the consortium have been awarded  NWA-ORC grant of 4.6M Euros for the project “LESSEN: Low Resource Chat-based Conversational Intelligence”.  LESSEN aims to make the chat technology accessible for languages and domains with relatively little training data and compute power.  It focuses on developing data and compute efficient chat algorithms that can make optimal use of data and offer safe and transparent task-oriented conversational agents.

Dr. Hasibi receives 800K funding and works on augmenting conversational training data and developing algorithms that enrich data-hungry models with rich structured information stored in Knowledge Graphs.

The consortium is led by Prof. Maarten de Rijke (UvA) and consists of University of Amsterdam, Leiden University, University of Groningen, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Radboud University, Achmea, Albert Heijn, Bol.com, KPN, Rasa Technologies, Ahold Delhaize, and National police force.