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Professor leading program to debunk misinformation

Professor Chengkai Li

For the past several years, computer science and engineering Professor Chengkai Li has been developing an electronic fact-checking system called ClaimBuster, which monitors news to catch factual claims and find matches with a curated repository of fact-checks from professionals. Now, he is leading a $998,870 National Science Foundation Convergence Accelerator Pilot program to deliver verifiably credible, open-knowledge networks.

“Our goal is to ensure credibility, integrity, completeness, and truthfulness so people accessing the knowledge network can be confident that the information provided is correct,” Dr. Li says.

He is working with researchers from a number of other universities on the project, as well as with institutions such as the Pacific Northwest National Lab, Army Research Lab, IBM, and Amazon.

“The Convergence Accelerator initiative is an exciting new approach to discovery,” says engineering Dean Peter Crouch. “Dr. Li and his collaborators at UTA and across the country have a unique opportunity to provide an impactful service to the public.”

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