In collaboration with the Rotterdam public transport organisation (RET), Allerto and the Artificial Intelligence group (Tibor Bosse & Romy Blankendaal) at the VU, the Network Institute developed a virtual reality training application to help bus drivers cope with aggressive passengers.
The application uses true immersive virtual reality by using VR-goggles and VR-controllers to give the user control over a virtual bus driver. The bus driver will be confronted with passengers who could get aggressive if not treated properly. By making the correct choices, the bus driver can avoid aggression and solve the situation with the potential for violence.
The VR training will be used beside the more traditional classroom and role-playing sessions to make sure bus driver are well instructed in how to handle potentially aggressive passengers.
Over the past two weeks there’s been a lot of media attention about the Babbeltruc App. This tablet app was created by the Network Institute in collaboration with Artificial Intelligence (Tibor Bosse & Laura van der Lubbe) at the VU and the KBO-PCOB (a national elderly organisation) to help the elderly in coping with doorstep scams.
The app confronts the users with several scenarios where a virtual human tries to either gain access to their house or get sensitive information. The user has to choose from several possible answers at each step and is then asked to say aloud the chosen response. A newly developed algorithm (by Daniel Formolo, AI-CS-VU) will determine how assertive the response was spoken.
With all this information the app can advise the user in getting better at avoiding being scammed.
The Babbel Truc app in the news
Two VU projects are nominated for the Dutch National Data Price 2018. One of these is the Hebrew Bible Database of the Eep Talstra Centre, a member of the Network Institute. The two projects were selected from 47 submitted projects and will compete with one other project in the category Humanoria and Social Sciences.
The Network Institute hosts the 10th ACM Conference on Web Science, 27-30 May 2018. It is a wonderful opportunity and a great pleasure for the Network Institute to be able host the 10th ACM conference on Web Science, WebSci’18, at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam this year.
Web Science is a unique conference where a multitude of disciplines converge in a creative and critical dialogue with the aim of understanding the Web and its impacts. Web Science participants are from diverse fields including (but not limited to) art, anthropology, computer and information sciences, communication, economics, humanities, informatics, law, linguistics, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology. The conference particularly welcomes contributions that seek to cross traditional disciplinary boundaries, that describe original research, analysis, and practice in the field of Web Science, and that discusses novel and thought-provoking ideas.
WebSci’18 is chaired by former network Institute director Hans Akkermans. Keynote speakers will be, amongst others, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, and recipient of the 2016 Turing award, and José van Dijck, president of the KNAW.