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Lize Alberts

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Lize Alberts

Doctoral Student

Student, Keble College

Wolfson Building, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QD


Topics: Nudging/Dark Patterns; Social Interfaces; Autonomy-Supportive Design; Design for Wellbeing; 4E Cognition; Self-Determination Theory; Social Engineering

Fields: Behavioural Design; Social Psychology; Human-Computer Interaction; Human-Robot Interaction; Cognitive Science; Technological Governance; Cognitive Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; Natural Language Processing/Understanding; Analytic Philosophy


Lize is a doctoral student in the Human Centred Computing group, co-supervised by Max van Kleek and Marina Jirotka. Her work is funded by a graduate scholarship from the Responsible Technology Institute, supported by a gift from AWS. Her research relates to the ethical design of interfaces that interact socially with users, including the anticipation of dark patterns that may emerge in this space.

Lize has an MA by Research degree in Philosophy from Stellenbosch University. Her interdisciplinary master's thesis critically integrates research in cognitive science, philosophy of mind/language, and cognitive linguistics, and evaluates this against an analysis of current approaches in NLU to explore some key requirements—and remaining challenges—for AI systems approaching a human-like command of natural language. She also holds a BA Honours degree in Philosophy from Stellenbosch University and her dissertation on computational linguistics was published in a peer-reviewed linguistics journal. Preceding that, she graduated top of her class with a BA in Humanities, completing double the required credits with four majors (Philosophy, English, Art History, and Social Anthropology) at NWU, South Africa.

Lize is a founding member of the Responsible Technology Institute's Student Network.

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