Research News

A Tool for Hate Speech Detection on the Internet is Being Developed

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As the number of online hate comments increases, artificial intelligence comes to the aid: researchers from Vytautas Magnus University (VMU), together with the Lithuanian Human Rights Center, European Foundation of Human Rights and the Department of National Minorities under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania are developing a tool that will help to automatically detect and remove cases of hate speech, for instance, in the comment sections of news portals. According to one of the project developers, Professor Tomas Krilavičius, Dean of the VMU Faculty of Informatics, the development of such a tool is quite challenging: people themselves often find it difficult to recognize hate speech, and artificial intelligence needs to be thoroughly trained to do so.

China and CEE International Cooperation: Strategies and Allocations

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Centre for Asian Studies cordially invites participants from various academic disciplines of social sciences and humanities to participate at the scientific conference “China and Central and Eastern Europe International Cooperation: Strategies and Allocations”, which will take place online on 21 December, 2021.

Call for Applications: Conference Dedicated to Centenary of VMU

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VMU Centre of Kaunas History invites everyone to participate in the 26th annual scientific and interdisciplinary conference dedicated to research on Kaunas titled Centenary of Vytautas Magnus University: Its Significance to the City and the State. The conference will take place on February 24-25th, 2022 at Vytautas Magnus University, marking the centenary of its inception. VMU was founded in 1922 and named after Vytautas the Great in 1930.

Human Rights Activists Are Being Locked Up in Psychiatric Hospitals

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Have you shared a picture online mocking the authorities? Your bank account may be frozen and the court may order to place you in a psychiatric hospital. According to a report published by the foundation Human Rights in Mental Health (FGIP), such methods of silencing political opponents, religious believers, human rights activists and dissidents are still employed by the Russian authorities to this day, continuing the practices that began during the Soviet era. One of the authors of the report, Chief Executive of FGIP, Professor Robert van Voren of Vytautas Magnus University (VMU), says that psychiatry is a convenient cover for repressions against the critics of the authorities.

“Rural Development 2021”: Focus on Bioeconomy and Climate Change

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The 10th anniversary international scientific conference “Rural Development 2021” took place on the 21st – 23rd of September at the Vytautas Magnus University Agriculture Academy (VMU Agriculture Academy). In relation to bioeconomy development in response to the challenges of climate change, the participants of the conference all agreed that pro-active decisions reducing the climate change and securing protection of the depleting biological resources would be necessary with the view towards sustainable development of the world and quality, secure, and clean life of the humankind. 

Invitation to a Conference about Baltics-East Asia ties

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This and next year Baltic states will celebrate multiple anniversaries commemorating the establishment of diplomatic relations with East Asian states: 100 years since the first bilateral relations and 30 years since re-establishment. On this occasion, the Centre for Asian studies is inviting researchers interested in East Asia and Baltic states, to submit proposals to academic conference “A Century of Connections: Historical ties Between the Baltic and East Asia Regions”, which will be taking place at Vytautas Magnus University on March 11-12, 2022.