Dr Kazjon Grace secures early career researcher grant

29 November 2017
Using AI to pique our curiosity and try something new

Program Director of Bachelor of Design Computing, Dr Kazjon Grace has been successful in securing a research grant under the Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) scheme for 2018.

Grace received the $338,446 grant for his project Broadening Horizons: Using curiosity to diversify behaviour, which aims to explore how interactive systems can encourage their users to try new things.

The project has been made possible by recent developments in artificial intelligence that can estimate what will make users curious. This project expects to generate new knowledge about how interactive technology can encourage diverse behaviour by stimulating curiosity. Expected outcomes include a framework for how to design interactive systems that encourage users to try new things, and a greater theoretical understanding of how to diversify user behaviour.

The DECRA scheme provides funding for early-career researchers in both teaching and research, and research-only positions. It supports research in areas of critical national importance by enabling outstanding Australian and international early-career researchers to conduct their research in Australia.

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