Argumentation studies in Poland


Argumentation technologies
  • Araucaria-PL - a Polish version of a software tool Araucaria supporting argument analysis; a project developed in the cooperation with Chris Reed (University of Dundee, UK) within the framework of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education Program “Support for International Mobility of Scientists”
  • ArgDB-pl - a Polish online corpus of analyzed argumentation, using the open AIF standard for argument representation; a project developed in the cooperation with Chris Reed (University of Dundee, UK) within the framework of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education Program “Support for International Mobility of Scientists”

Funded projects
-- Current:

  • Augmented Deliberative Democracy (ADD-up): Computational Enhancement of Largescale Public Arbitrations in Real Time (1,860,000 PLN; £380,000; €424,000)
    -- the project funded by the program of the German VW foundation (VolkswagenStiftung)
    -- it is worth just over £660k of which £380k comes to Dundee; the project will run in collaboration with the partners in Konstanz - Annette Hautli-Janisz and Valentin Gold (now at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen) and will hire post-doctoral researcher in Dundee Brian Plüss
    -- 06.2017-05.2020 University of Konstanz & University of Dundee

  • EthAn: Ethos Analytics (517,000 PLN; £90,000; €120,000)
    -- the main aim of the EthAn project is to understand the communicative structures of ethos related to a speaker's character
    -- the project funded by the HARMONIA 7 program of the Polish National Science Centre (NCN)
    -- principal investigator: Katarzyna Budzynska, post-doctoral researchers: Barbara Konat & Marcin Koszowy, consortium partners: Chris Reed (Dundee, Scotland), Patrick Saint-Dizier (Toulouse IRIT, France), Manfred Stede (Postdam, Germany)
    -- 2016-2019 Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences

  • Recognizing Trust in Natural Language (420,000 PLN; £70,000; €87,000)
    -- processing and evaluation of trust in speaker’s credibility is crucial for many different sectors of industry such as e.g. reviews that provide the main source of information for users of online shopping networks such as Amazon and eBay, and travel sites as TripAdvisor. The goal of the project is to build a prototype of a system for semi-automatic identification and exploration through big maps of arguments linked to the credibility of their providers
    --  an EPSRC DTG-funded PhD studentship (UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, EPSRC)
    -- supervisor: Katarzyna Budzynska, PhD student: Rory Duthie
    -- 01.2015-07.2018 University of Dundee

  • -- Previous:
  • Argument Analytics (790,000 PLN; £130,000; €160,000)
    -- the research is placed on the border of the areas of computer models of argument, natural language processing and big data. The project selects two of the most promising technologies with differing risk profiles - argument mapping and argument mining - and aims to develop industrial proof of concept demonstrators that integrate them as Argument Analytics platform technologies in a commercial market estimated to be worth £11bn in 2013;
    -- the project funded in the program of the Innovate UK (previously called: Technology-inspired innovation - ICT); the project is worth just under £0.5m of which £130k (€160k) comes to Dundee; to be developed with an industrial partner (SME)
    -- 01.2015-06.2016 University of Dundee
    -- principal investigator (PI): Katarzyna Budzynska, CI: Chris Reed, post-doctoral researcher: Barbara Konat

  • Exploring Rhetorical Strategies in a Dialogue (171,000 PLN; £30,000; €42,000)
    -- the aim of the project is to revolutionize our understanding of how people influence the course of communication and how logic models dialogue and rhetorical strategies typical in social practice;
    -- the project funded in the OPUS2 program of the Polish National Science Centre (NCN)
    -- 08.2012-07.2015 Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences
    -- principal investigator: Katarzyna Budzynska, post-doctoral researcher: Marcin Koszowy, PhD student: Olena Yaskorska

  • CoRDA: Natural Language Corpus Resources for Studying Dialogical Arguments (230,000 PLN; £35,000; €50,000; 60,000 CHF)
    -- the aim the project is to explore techniques of extraction of arguments performed in a dialogical context from the resources in natural language
    -- the project funded by the Swiss Scientific Exchange Programme NMS-CH (Sciex-NMSch)
    -- 10.2013-09.2014 Institute of Argumentation, Linguistics and Semiotics, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland & Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences
    -- home mentor: Katarzyna Budzynska, host mentor: Andrea Rocci, fellow: Olena Yaskorska

  • The Structure of Persuasive Communication (30,000 PLN; £5,000; €7,300)
    -- the project aimed at connecting models of structure of communication delivered by argumentation theory with the elaboration likelihood model studied in the social psychology
    -- the research was funded by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education
    -- 04.2010 – 04.2012 Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw
    -- principal investigator: Katarzyna Budzynska

  • Persuasive Argumentation (203,200 PLN; £33,000; €49,000)
    -- the aim of the project was to extend existing models of argumentation with the aspect of its persuasive function; the project delivered the Polish version of Araucaria system and the ArgDB-pl corpus
    -- the research was funded by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education program “Support for International Mobility of Scientist” (III edition)
    -- 10.2009 – 09.2010 School of Computing, University of Dundee UK
    -- principal investigator: Katarzyna Budzynska
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