Decentralized Partnership Formation

This project applies automated Web-based retrieval of semantic associations between brand names and 400+ brand personality and competences indicators to develop a peer-to-peer matching system for organizations to build cooperative partnerships.

Designed to deceive: how manipulative design in privacy policies affects transparency and user rights

This project will investigate the use of deceptive and manipulative design (also calleddark patterns) in privacy policy notices of websites, and how they affect the concrete implementation of the transparency principle enshrined in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

We will look at how deceptive design interacts with the principle of transparency under the GDPR from a legal perspective, specifically with the concrete forms in which the right of information is implemented, and their compatibility with the GDPR in general. The project will also develop a technical tool to analyse privacy policies and “benchmark” deceptive design techniques across different data controller sectors (e.g., social networks, internet banking, newspapers).



Emergence of Aviation Safety Culture in Complex Operational Practices

This project studies the  question: how does safety culture emerge in hazardous operations of aviation organizations? using a real-world scenario from the aviation domain.


Exploiting textual and numerical data to improve predictive models for depression

In this project, we improve methods to interpret free text in a large dataset from the domain of mental depression using sentiment analysis techniques.

Identifying talent within scholarly networks

Selecting scientific talent for positions and grants is a complex phenomenon. This project aims to develop rich criteria that combine traditional citation metrics with other web based data (social media, information access tools (Mendeley), and conference program committees (EventSeer)).

Linking media and political data on pension reforms

This project aims to explain when policy proposals lead to debate in the media and how debates in the media lead to policy proposals.

Mapping Online Networks of Activism

The Mapping Online Networks of Activism (MONA) project aims at developing tools to extract information (actors, locations, events) from news articles and blog posts, and to identify links between these.

Modelling Common Operational Pictures in Crisis Situations

By creating a agent-based simulation model of shared situation awareness in crisis situations, and by applying the model to a real world case, we hope to better understand how different factors influence situation awareness of teams in such situations.

Optimizing information efficiency in grant markets

We develop a semi-automated information mediation system to improve the exchange of information for targetting scientific grant applications, using the metaphor of a grant “market”.


Philosophy at scale develops a new methodology of research in philosophy. It involves the application of information extraction tools/semantic analysis developed by computer scientists and applied to the full text data from philosophy books in close collaboration with philosophers.

Social Simulation in Groups

How do group identities develop, based on the dynamic interplay between network structure, inter-/intragroup interaction and group actions?

Spreading of Metaphors and Key phrases on the Web

In this project we develop methods for tracking the spreading of metaphors and key-phrases in different media, such as blogs, newspapers, policy-documents and scientific articles over time.

The Evolution of Collective Action in a Developing Neighborhood

Social capital theories argue that more embedded people feel more efficacious. But, are efficacious people more inclined to become members of organizations or do people become more efficacious in their networks?

Transcending or confining

We study the conditions under which knowledge is shared across the boundaries of different social media knowledge networks.

When story-telling makes a difference

We aim to learn more about the relationship between patients’ participation in online health forums and the patients’ wellbeing.