ADS is looking for a Research Assistant

ADS Research Assistant Project Available on Measuring and Improving City Livability


Title: Measuring and Improving City Livability

Supervisors: Wouter Meys (HvA), Stevan Rudinac, and Marcel Worring (UvA)

We are looking for a research assistant (paid job); 2 days a week, over a 6-month period

In this project we will investigate how the analysis of open data, social multimedia and participatory data can be used for measuring and improving the city livability. To get a beer insight into the citizen needs, we will complement the official neighbourhood statistics provided by the local government with a collection of neighbourhood-related social media posts. The textual and visual content of the posts will be used for automatic analysis of the sentiment in the neighbourhood. We will further investigate which parameters of city livability can be derived from the analysis of open data and social multimedia. Finally, we will study how the results of the analysis can be best combined and visualized to provide valuable insights. The research conducted in this project will directly contribute to Buurnzicht, a larger collaboration between the UvA, HvA and the municipality of Amsterdam.

The ideal profile for the Research Assistant will be as follows:

– Background in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence or Information Science – Experience with multimedia analysis, computer vision or information retrieval – Good programming skills

– Experience with or interest in analysing urban issues

If you would like to apply (or have any queries) please send your motivation letter and a copy of your CV to Wouter Meys ( and Stevan Rudinac (

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