Projects

While the research interests comprise more general issues and fields, the DIID-based projects are in the process of being implemented. They are funded research projects or serve to prepare longer-term initiatives, deal with sub-questions or are continuations of existing projects of DIID researchers.

 

Manchot Research Group: Good Governance and Compliance

5. July 2022

The project “Good Governance and Compliance: Artificial Intelligence to Support Good Corporate Governance” is part of the “Use Case Economy” of the Manchot Research Group.
In four subprojects, the Use Case Economy comprehensively addresses the application possibilities and application conditions of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in a business context.
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RAPP – Responsible Academic Performance Prediction

24. February 2022

Since the 01. of March 2021, the RAPP project, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, is running at the HHU. Academic Performance Prediction Systems, APP systems for short, are used for the early detection of dropouts, the prediction of study times and the prediction of student performance.

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#meinfernsehen 2021 – Participation process on the future of public television

18. December 2020

Public broadcasting is more controversial than ever. However, in public, discussions about it are mostly conducted by the same experts and actors from politics and civil society. In collaboration with two great partners, we want to complement this discourse in an innovative online participation process  in order to find out: What needs to change, what should remain in television?

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DiscourseData4Policy (DD4P)

5. August 2020

In the course of the new funding program of the “HHU Future Groups” of the Heinrich Heine University, the rectorate has selected three innovative research ideas to support them financially for a maximum of three years.

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Complexity of Problems in Cooperative Game Theory

15. June 2020

The central objective of this project is to make further progress in the theory of hedonic games that have recently developed rapidly and have yielded many interesting results, but also a number of important questions and problems.

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Complexity of Strategic Behavior in Collective Decision Making

27. May 2020

This research project falls into the area of computational social choice (COMSOC) where classical social choice theory and economics meet theoretical computer science (in particular, computational complexity and algorithmics) and artifical intelligence (in particular, multiagent systems).  The main objective of this project proposal is to study the computational complexity of strategic behavior in two central areas of collective decision making: voting and the allocation of indivisible goods.

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Spiral of silence networked: The Process of Public Opinion Formation from a Meso-Perspective.

28. April 2020

The project investigates the influence of personal and media information sources in individual communication networks on the perception of public opinion and on the formation of opinions on current topics. The focus is on the question of how people deal with contradictions in digital environments, for example, with the fact that contributions in mass media contradict user-generated contributions on digital platforms and that both are forwarded and commented on via social media by friends or colleagues who again have a different view.

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Artificial Intelligence Opinion Monitor (MeMo:AI)

29. January 2020

In recent years, numerous strategy papers on the development of digitization and so-called artificial intelligence (AI) have been published from the European to the state level. What they all have in common is the intention of a stronger orientation toward people and the common good. If politics takes its own claim seriously, it is dependent on the support of an active and enlightened civil society that contributes its needs and ideas to the shaping of digitization policy in a mature and self-determined manner.

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Civic participation in local government: European norms of deliberation and their relevance to the implementation of public consultations in Germany and Poland

9. July 2019

Deliberation as a concept has been developed as an ideal-typical approach to renew public communication and participation in the political and social sciences and to enhance the legitimacy of political institutions and their decisions. How values and norms pertinent to the model of deliberation (e.g., rationality, interactivity, and openness) get incorporated into political practice due to legal requirements or local design decisions in order to increase the legitimacy of political decisions has been researched only scarcely.

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DIID Monitor Online Participation NRW 2.0

4. July 2019

In recent years, citizen participation has become an important issue for municipalities. Several forms of citizen participation are possible to involve citizens in political-administrative decisions (e.g., noise-action planning or participatory budgeting). For this purpose, some municipalities increasingly use the internet.

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The effects of voting advice applications on political sophistication*

13. March 2018

The “Wahl-O-Mat” of the Federal Agency for Political Education has become an established and popular online tool in the run-up to elections in Germany. The aims of the Wahl-O-Mat are to inform about political issues and differences between the parties running for elections, to encourage follow-up communication about politics and ultimately to motivate people to vote. Tools like the Wahl-O-Mat are called “Voting Advice Applications” (VAAs).

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Audience and market fragmentation online

8. March 2018

There is an intense discussion in politics, economy and science about chances and risks of media fragmentation and segmentation of the audience. Other than in the US there are only few empirical studies for the German case regarding media fragmentation online. The aim of our project is to show the development of media and audience fragmentation online in Germany, to find determinants of fragmentation online, and to analyse chances and risks of media fragmentation for democracies.

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