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Seminar on Scaling Qualitative Data Collection: Improving the understanding of affected people in humanitarian health crises through natural language processing.

December 2 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dahdaleh Institute member Tino Kreutzer will be presenting a seminar on Scaling Qualitative Data Collection. More specifically, he will be discussing his research which aim to ask the question: How can humanitarian organizations better understand affected people in humanitarian health crises?

Today, practitioners have to make a choice when interviewing people affected by conflict or disaster: Quantitative data from a large number of people or qualitative data from a very small sample. Widely used tools have made data collection cheaper, faster, and more reliable, but transcribing, translating, and analyzing large amounts of qualitative audio recordings remains too costly and too slow to be used at scale. 

Using a design science and pragmatism approach, Tino’s research investigates how rapid advances in natural language processing, a type of artificial intelligence, can be leveraged to bridge this gap. In this presentation he presents how the design science approach is used to not only understand a challenge but to also create a real-world solution—and how ethical challenges with this type of innovation need to be addressed head on. Tino conducts this research while also leading the development of KoBoToolbox, a humanitarian data collection toolkit, which will serve as the backbone of the new toolkit. An overview of his research project was published earlier this year.

Note: This is an Internal Event.