For the first time, NordForsk has begun funding projects under its Programme for Interdisciplinary Research. With a total budget of roughly NOK 176 million, the programme spans a wide range of research topics, from narwhal tusks to smart textiles to historical perspectives on pandemics.
Drawing on unique access to large datasets of Nordic asylum case law from Denmark, Sweden and Norway, and an interdisciplinary team spanning law, computer science and medicine, NoRDASiL will produce a novel approach to answer two questions: What factors shape the production of national asylum decisions? and Why do asylum outcomes across similar cases differ so much from one another?
We follow the principles of “Integrative Social Robotics,” a strictly value-oriented approach, and for this reason focus on the use of robots as facilitators of human social interactions, and not as replacements of human actors.
To understand the history of human activity recorded in these deposits we need to know exactly when the dust was deposited, and what the past climate and environment was like. Dating the dust and the tools is at the heart of this project.
Combined with insights into the social, environmental, economic and demographic context, our effort will yield a deep quantitative understanding of past pandemics that will allow us to draw a detailed picture of pandemic and epidemic diseases in the pre-modern era.
The studies on the development of children’s language skills and the technology developed in the project are expected to have notable impact, benefiting individuals, businesses and the Nordic societies. Our interdisciplinary research team has background and experience in engineering, cognitive neuroscience, psycholinguistics, speech-language pathology, and language education.
We will pave the way for an improved understanding of the Artic environment and the impact of climate change and human activities thereon as well as a solution to the age-old conundrum of the tusk structure and formation – the horn of the unicorn of the sea.