Sacha Epskamp, assistant professor at the Psychological Methods department of the University of Amsterdam and research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, has received an NWO Veni grant for his project on network-based adaptive assessment.
Epskamp will work on intelligent apps to aid clinical therapists. This project will lay the foundations of an intelligent adaptive administration system, capable of quickly diagnosing people on psychological symptoms as well as efficiently monitoring people over time. Underlying the system, a statistical network model will be updated as new responses come in. These network models can be used to gain insight in the complexity of human behavior and to shape treatment of individual patients.
In addition, the intelligent adaptive administration system can be used for other applications as well – as it will allow for efficient self-help apps, such as voting recommendation apps, and may also improve knowledge assessment in higher education.
The NWO Veni grant (or Innovational Research Incentives Scheme Veni) is a € 250.000 grant for researchers who have recently obtained their PhD. It allows them to conduct independent research and develop their ideas for a period of three years.