NSF Grant Will Support Creation of Chatbots to Gauge Pandemic’s Impact in Small Towns

An interdisciplinary research team has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to design and test a new generation of AI-driven conversational agents, or chatbots, for public data collection, with the goal of understanding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic – and ultimately other large-scale crises – on small-town communities.

Lead investigator Narges Mahyar, assistant professor in the Manning College of Information and Computer Science, will collaborate with co-principal investigators Pari Riahi, assistant professor of architecture, and Ali Sarvghad, research assistant professor of information and computer science, using the $147,000 grant under the NSF’s Smart and Connected Communities program.

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