WeNet diversity measurement pilots

WeNet phase of data collection to build a model of diversity and train the machine learning algorithms now completed. Now ready for pilot iterations

The FET project WeNet aims to develop the science and engineering methodologies, algorithms, social interaction protocols for an online platform that will empower machine mediated diversity-aware interactions between people.

To reach this ambitious goal, the first phase of the project was devoted to the field research and the diversity measurement pilots aiming at collecting the data needed to build a model of diversity and training of the algorithms to be used in the pilot iterations that will follow.


The preparatory activities, now under completion, have involved some of the WeNet academic nodes: University of Trento (Italy), National University of Mongolia, University of Aalborg (Denmark), Universidad Católica Nuestra Señora de la Asunción (Paraguay), London School of Economics (UK) and Jilin University (China).

The diversity measurement pilots consisted in online surveys distributed to the above-mentioned Universities students about personal characteristics, practices and routines. A second phase will consist of the collections of data and Q/A from smartphones.

All the collected data will be used to increase the knowledge on diversity, accurately model it, and train the Machine learning algorithms.


As of the first phase, the invitation to join the survey was sent globally to more than 65.000 worldwide students and even though the collection is not finished, the response rate is very satisfying in terms of responses and geographical coverage:

Diversity measurement pilots geographical coverage. Image courtesy of WeNet project.


Italy: full responses 20,6% and partial responses 34,7%,

Mongolia: full responses 11,6% and partial responses 29,6%

Denmark: full responses 7,5% and partial responses 13,9%

Paraguay: full responses 3,8% and partial responses 11,5%

United Kingdom: full responses 6,3% and partial responses 12,1%

China: details are not yet available



Stay tuned for the results of WeNet analysis!


Background information

FET-Open and FET Proactive are now part of the Enhanced European Innovation Council (EIC) Pilot (specifically the Pathfinder), the new home for deep-tech research and innovation in Horizon 2020, the EU funding programme for research and innovation

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