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Machine learning can help slow down future pandemics

13 April, 2021 - Göteborgs universitet

Artificial intelligence could be one of the keys for limiting the spread of infection in future pandemics. In a new study, researchers at the University of Gothenburg have investigated how machine learning can be used to find effective testing methods during epidemic outbreaks, thereby helping to better control the outbreaks. In the study, the researchers […]

Does the Russian stock market care about Navalny?

31 March, 2021 - Handelshögskolan i Stockholm

New research suggests that on the days with most significant news regarding Alexei Navalny, the most prominent opposition leader in Russia today, Russian stock market experienced large negative returns that translate into several billion dollars in lost market value. Torbjörn Becker, Director of the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics, investigates the response in the Russian stock market to news about Navalny, his poisoning, recent arrest, and other events.

Huge potential for electronic textiles made with new cellulose thread

10 March, 2021 - Chalmers tekniska högskola

Electronic textiles offer revolutionary new opportunities in various fields, in particular healthcare. But to be sustainable, they need to be made of renewable materials. A research team led by Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, now presents a thread made of conductive cellulose, which offers fascinating and practical possibilities for electronic textiles. “Miniature, wearable, electronic gadgets […]

Few indications that the new media landscape leads to increasing polarisation in society

25 January, 2021 - Göteborgs universitet

Increasing political polarisation is often attributed to the internet and the dramatic increase in access to sources of information – also known as the new media landscape. Media researcher Peter M. Dahlgren, however, has not seen any sign of this in Sweden. On the contrary, his new thesis shows that the problem is considerably smaller than […]

AI agents can learn to communicate effectively

16 July, 2020 - Göteborgs universitet

A multi-disciplinary team of researchers from Chalmers and University of Gothenburg has developed a framework to study how language evolves as an effective tool for describing mental concepts. In a new paper, they show that artificial agents can learn how to communicate in an artificial language similar to human language. The results have been published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE.

Influencers important in corona communication

9 April, 2020 - Handelshögskolan i Stockholm

How can you get people to follow to government recommendations and advice in times of COVID-19? Use the power of influencers, argues Assistant Professor Jonas Colliander. A big part in the fight against COVID-19 is getting information about government guidelines and regulations out to the population as quickly and efficiently as possible. As people’s news […]

Use of social media is taking place both online and offline

15 October, 2019 - Göteborgs universitet

Social media has changed how people interact. However, social media use is neither static or specifically linked to certain platforms. Emerging technical capabilities, changes in lifestyle and time management as well as the increasing possibilities to engage in online and offline interaction simultaneously affect our use of social media. Those are some of the results […]

Social journalists and a new social news media logic when social media is adopted in journalism

27 August, 2019 - Göteborgs universitet

With social media an important part of journalism, Swedish journalists have become more social. Social media have also become important platform for journalists to build their personal brands. But don’t blame the personal branding on social media alone, Ulrika Hedman, who has studied Swedish journalists’ adoption of social media, says: “We can just as well […]

New app will help children with speech impairment

20 May, 2019 - Linnéuniversitetet

Technological development opens up for new possibilities for creating aids for people with disabilities. A new project at Linnaeus University will develop an app that will make it easier for children with speech impairment to communicate independently. Thousands of children in Sweden partly or wholly lack a spoken language. This is the case for, for […]

New research helps visualise sentiment and stance in social media

29 April, 2019 - Linnéuniversitetet

How can you find and make sense of opinions and emotions in the vast amount of texts in social media? Kostiantyn Kucher’s research helps visualise for instance public opinions on political issues in tweets over time. In the future, analysis and visualisation of sentiment and stance could contribute to such tasks as detection of hate […]