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Online discussion; augmenting argumentation with chatbots

  • Full or part time
    Dr T Stafford
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Argumentation - the systematic exchange of reasoning supporting or undermining an idea - enhances communication between individuals. Unreliable chains of thought are weeded out, reliable ones survive. Striking evidence for this is that reasonings tasks which provoke systematic errors when considered by individuals choice can be solved correctly by small groups, if they are given time for discussion. Chatbots with natural language processing create an opportunity to have artificial agents interact with group deliberation, and make it more effective. In this way, the strengths of human and artificial intelligence can augment each other

Funding Notes

Self funding or sponsored students only. No University funding.

NB The University has some tuition fee scholarship under competition - application deadline is 23 January 2019 at 5pm


Reading: Mercier, H., & Sperber, D. (2011). Why do humans reason? Arguments for an argumentative theory. Behavioral and brain sciences, 34(02), 57-74.

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