8 June, 2023 - Miklós Sebők receives major new grant to apply artificial intelligence to the study of Central European policy agendas

This year's call for proposals for the MTA's Momentum Programme received 108 valid proposals, 27 in the humanities and social sciences, 40 in the life sciences and 41 in the mathematical and natural sciences. Based on the peer review, the recommendations of the Momentum Jury and the Momentum Committee, the President of the Academy decided on 31 May 2023 on the ranking of excellence and the amounts of funding to be awarded to the research teams to be supported. As a result, a new Lendület research group will be established at the Centre for Social Sciences (CSS), Budapest, led by Miklós Sebők. The five-year project, funded with over EUR 560 000, is entitled: "The changing global relations of the Visegrad countries in times of war - An artificial intelligence-assisted comparative analysis". Dr Sebők is a research professor at the Institute of Political Science CSS, and the National Laboratory for Artificial Intelligence at CSS, as well as the principal investigator of poltextLAB (poltextlab.com), a research lab dedicated to text mining and artificial intelligence applications in the social sciences. The project will extend the lab's machine learning-based analysis of public policy agendas to the history and current data sources of the Visegrad countries after 1990, with the help of the lab's collaborators and national and international partners.