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Illinois iSchool professor to study mitigation of influence on media

30 Oct 2020 19:51 | iSchools News (Administrator)

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has awarded Jingrui He, associate professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois, a two-year $319,568 grant to study how the risk of foreign influence on news media can be mitigated. Her project, “Towards a Computational Framework for Disinformation Trinity: Heterogeneity, Generation, and Explanation,” will lead to a new suite of algorithms and software tools to detect, predict, generate, and understand disinformation dissemination. Hanghang Tong, associate professor of computer science at Illinois, will serve as co-principal investigator.  

“As the 2020 decade unfolds, there is great optimism on what technology will emerge and how it can make daily life easier. However, the greater the technology, the greater risk foreign influence can have on that technology,” He said.

For her project, He will study foreign influence via the lens of disinformation on news media from a computational perspective. She will use Explainable Heterogeneous Adversarial Machine Learning (EXHALE) to address the limitations of current techniques in terms of comprehension, characterization, and explainability.

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