ADM+S recipients, Prof Yolande Strengers and Dr James Meese
ADM+S recipients, Prof Yolande Strengers and Dr James Meese

ADM+S Researchers awarded 2023 ARC Future Fellowships

Author  Natalie Campbell
Date 28 July 2023

Congratulations to 2023 ARC Future Fellowship recipients Dr James Meese from RMIT University and Prof Yolande Strengers from Monash University.

ADM+S researchers secured more than two million dollars in funding to support their respective projects.

The Future Fellowships program provides funding to mid-career researchers to support high quality research in areas of national and international benefit.

ADM+S Future Fellowship projects:

  • Professor Yolande Strengers: Home helper robots: Understanding our future lives with human-like AI.
  • Dr James Meese: Aligning personalised news recommendations with the public interest.

Prof Strengers’ research aims to understand and plan for the social effects of embedding ‘cute’ home helper robots into people’s everyday lives. The project is expected to generate new knowledge and resources to understand and respond to the emerging opportunities and risks associated with home helper robots, and ultimately inform robot design and policy to improve social outcomes, consumer protections and human-robot relationships.

Dr Meese’s project aims to investigate the growth of personalised recommendations in the Australian news sector, which sees readers and automated systems collectively adopting curatorial roles previously undertaken by editors. The research expects to provide the first evidence base around the adoption and deployment of personalised recommendations across the Australian news media, enhancing our understanding of how to sustain the important democratic role that the institution of journalism plays in a personalised and automated environment.

Centre director Prof Julian Thomas said, “we’re delighted by the successes of our ADM+S colleagues in the ARC’s 2023 Future Fellowship round.

“The Future Fellowship scheme plays a vital role in supporting Australia’s next generation of research leaders. Our Centre benefits enormously from the extraordinary work these scholars are doing in illuminating both the positive social possibilities and the hazards of our increasingly connected lives.”

Read the list of ARC funding projects here.