Four New Positions in AI and Argument Technology

Posted by Brian Plüss on October 25, 2022

The Centre for Argument Technology has secured several new research funding successes in the areas of enhancing participatory democracy, protecting privacy, countering disinformation and supporting the work of the intelligence community. As a result we currently have four new vacancies:

A Research Project Manager at Grade 7 or 8 (£34,308 to £51,805 + 21% superannuation), depending on experience. This position is open to candidates with a PhD in *any* field (

A Postdoctoral Research Associate in computational models of dialogue at Grade 7 (£34,308 to £42,155 + 21% superannuation;

Two PhD studentships open to candidates from anywhere in the world with full scholarship plus stipend ( in argument analysis, mining, representation, navigation, manipulation and visualisation.

Closing date for all positions is 20 November 2022. Details on how to apply can be found at Enquiries should be addressed to the director of the Centre, Prof. Chris Reed at

ARG-tech secures $2.5m in funding

Posted by Brian Plüss on October 24, 2022

A multi-million-dollar project to protect a person’s online identity is enlisting help from ARG-tech to develop software capable of detecting and disguising trademark linguistic patterns used by individuals online.

ARG-tech are receiving $2.5m of funding as part of a larger project consortium led by SRI International in California. The project is funded by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), the research and development arm of the United States Government’s Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

The Dundee research forms part of IARPA’s Human Interpretable Attribution of Text Using Underlying Structure (HIATUS) program, a research effort aimed at advancing human language technology. The goals of the initiative are to help protect the identities of authors who could be endangered for speaking out, as well as developing means of identifying counterintelligence risks.

ARG-tech will utilise dialogical fingerprinting throughout the project: cutting-edge artificial intelligence technology processing dialogue models dating back centuries to develop a complete understanding of linguistic patterns.

A full Press Release is available at