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MediaFutures Annual Meeting 2023

16 November, 2023 - 17 November, 2023

MediaFutures is a centre for research-based innovation with the goal to develop responsible media technology, leveraging AI technology, for the media sector.

The centre is a consortium of the most important media players in Norway. The University of Bergen is the host of the centre. User partners include NRK and TV 2, the two main TV broadcasters in Norway, Schibsted, including Bergens Tidende (BT), and Amedia, the two largest news media houses in Scandinavia/Norway, as well as the world-renowned Norwegian media tech companies Vizrt, Highsoft and the global tech and media player IBM. The centre collaborates with renowned national research institutions including the University of Oslo, the University of Stavanger and NORCE, and works together with high-profile international research institutions.

This years Media Futures Annual Meeting will be held at November 16-17 at Media City Bergen, Norway, the 2023 Annual Meeting constitutes a forum for the exchange of scientific results and industry insights within the field of responsible media technology.

This year’s focus topic are Generative AI and the EU AI Act. In particular, we are interested in tackling questions related to as to what extent Generative AI and the EU AI Act will have an impact on the future of the media.

Following last year’s success, the 2023 Annual Meeting is expected once again to attract, and bring together Norwegian and international researchers, and industry practitioners with the intent of engaging in discussions on topics related to:

  • AI Policy & Media Experiences
  • AI Policy & Recommender Technology
  • Generative AI & Content Production
  • Generative AI & Media Interaction
  • Generative AI & Large Language Models

Join us for inspirational keynote talks, prototype demonstrations, presentations held by our researchers, and industry partners, and poster session.

We are pleased to announce the following high-profile keynote speakers and experts in the field of AI: Ricardo Baeza-Yates and Esther Paniagua.

Registration closed.
For late registrations please email


Day 1

The venue for Day 1 is the Atlantis Auditorium at the Conference Centre at Media City Bergen.

Media City Bergen is in downtown Bergen, close to the main bus terminal.
The closest public transport stop is “Nygård” where you can take the “bybanen” light rail, or buses 12 or 13.

You will find the registration desk in the Atrium once you enter Media City Bergen.


The Conference Dinner, for affiliates only, will be at 20:00 of Day 1, November 16th.
It will be held at Kulturhuset I Bergen, Vaskerelven 8.

Day 2

Day 2 of the Annual Meeting, for affiliates only, will take place at Storm 2 at the Conference Centre at Scandic Ørnen.

Scandic Ørnen is located in Lars Hilles Gate 18, right next to the main bus terminal.
The closest public transport stop is “Bergen Busstasjon”, the main bus terminal.


Day 1: Media City Bergen

AI Policy Workshop
09:00 Getting on the EU Policy Train.
Charlotte Eide and Vivil Haraldsen
10:30 A Brief Primer on Global AI Policy.
Nicholas Diakopoulos
11:00 Developing Mitigation Strategies to Counter Negative Impacts of Generative AI .
Kimon Kieslich and Nicholas Diakopoulos
Opening Session
12:00 Registration
13:00 Welcome Adresse by Christoph Trattner, UiB Vice-Rector Pinar Heggernes, and, MCB CEO Helge O. Svela
Keynote Session
13:15 Keynote: Ricardo Baeza-Yates
Generative AI: The End of the Digital Truth?
14:00 Break
14:15 Keynote: Esther Paniagua
Thrive or die? The future of journalism in the AI age
15:00 Break
15:15 Panel on Generative AI & AI Policy
Andreas Bengtsson, Ricardo Baeza-Yates,
Esther Paniagua and Marija Slavkovik.
Moderator: Nick Diakopoulos
Poster & Demo Session
16:00 Demo & Poster Exhibition
17:30 Demo & Poster Awards
20:00 Conference Dinner

Day 2 (Internal): Scandic Ørnen

Work Package Sessions
09:30 Info and announcements
09:35 WP1: Understanding Media Experiences
10:00 WP2: User Modeling, Personalisation & Engagement
10:20 WP3: Media Content Production & Analysis
10:45 Break + Group Photo
11:05 WP4: Media Content Interaction & Accessibility
11:25 WP5: Norwegian Language Technologies
12:00 Lunch
University – Industry Collaboration Session
13:00 University – Industry (UI) Collaboration Paper Presentation
Florence Jane Walker, UiB
13:20 University – Industry (UI) Collaboration Panel Discussion
Florence Jane Walker, Enrico Motta,
Irene Costera Meijer, Eivind Throndsen
Moderator: Leif Ove Larsen
14:05 Break
World Café Session
14:25 Introduction to World Cafe
14:30 AI/UI/Policy World Cafe Session 1
14:50 AI/UI/Policy World Cafe Session 2
15:10 AI/UI/Policy World Cafe Session 3
15:25 Summary
16:00 End


From 9 to 12 on day 1 of the Annual Meeting, MediaFutures will host a AI Policy Workshop.

The workshop is divided into 3 sessions:

Getting on the EU Policy Train


Charlotte Eide and Vivil Haraldsen

Are you interested in knowing more about EU policy making and opportunities to give input?

At this workshop you will get an overview of EU decision making processes relevant for the Research & Innovation sector, see examples of how you can give your input to a specific policy area or to research and innovation priorities in EU programmes, and explore upcoming opportunities for giving policy input in your field.

A Brief Primer on Global AI Policy


Nicholas Diakopoulos

You could spend all day every day reading about new AI policy proposals. Regulatory initiatives are well underway in the EU, but things are also developing in China, the US, and via various global organizations. In this session we’ll cover some of the highlights so you have a better overview of what’s happening in the world of AI policy. 

Developing Mitigation Strategies to Counter Negative Impacts of Generative AI 


Kimon Kieslich and Nicholas Diakopoulos

What policies are actually going to work to reduce the negative impacts of generative AI in media and society? In this interactive session we’ll present scenarios and develop policy approaches that might actually work to reduce those impacts. 


Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Director of Research, Institute for Experiential AI, Northeastern University

Ricaro Baeza-Yates is Director of Research at the Institute for Experiential AI of Northeastern University. Before, he was VP of Research at Yahoo Labs, based in Barcelona, Spain, and later in Sunnyvale, California, from 2006 to 2016. He is co-author of the best-seller Modern Information Retreival textbook published by Addison-Wesley in 1999 and 2011 (2nd ed), that won the ASIST 2012 Book of the Year award. From 2002 to 2004 he was elected to the Board of Governors of the IEEE Computer Society and between 2012 and 2016 was elected for the ACM Council. In 2009 he was named ACM Fellow and in 2011 IEEE Fellow, among other awards and distinctions. He obtained a Ph.D. in CS from the University of Waterloo, Canada, in 1989, and his areas of expertise are web search and data mining, information retrieval, bias on AI, data science and algorithms in general.

We are honored to have Ricardo Baeza-Yates as a keynote speaker at our Annual Meeting.

Ricardo Baeza-Yates

Ricardo Baeza-Yates


Generative AI: The End of the Digital Truth?

The Media of the future may be completely different from today’s, consisting of a mixture of truths and falsehoods. Determining what was generated by a chatbot and what was generated by a human being will be almost impossible. In fact, it will be difficult to know what data we can even use to continue improving the technology. Over time, it may learn from itself, becoming less and less human.

Esther Paniagua, Columnist and author specializing in science, technology, and cybersecurity. 

Esther Paniagua is an award-winning tech & society journalist and author. Esther is one of Spain’s Linkedin Top Voices in Technology & Innovation. She has been honored as one of the “Top 100 Women Leaders of Spain” and as one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” by Forbes. Her outstanding contributions to science, technology, and innovation journalism have earned her numerous awards.

Her latest book, Error 404. Are you ready for a world without the internet? (Debate, 2021), has garnered critical acclaim. Originally published in Spanish, it has been translated into German (Hoffman und Campe) and into Italian (Einaudi). “Error 404” will also be available in Polish, Greek, Croatian, and Romanian soon.

Esther is highly sought after as a speaker on topics related to digital governance, tech ethics, artificial intelligence, and cybersecurity. Additionally, Esther teaches AI Journalism at the Rey Juan Carlos University’s master’s degree program in Investigative Journalism, New Narratives, Data, Fact-checking, and Transparency.

We are thrilled to have Esther Paniagua as a keynote speaker at our Annual Meeting.

Esther Paniagua

Esther Paniagua


Thrive or die? The future of journalism in the AI age

Gradually and then suddenly, AI has erupted into the media landscape. As we navigate this transformative era, pressing questions arise: Can AI fulfill its promises of enhancing work efficiency, boosting audience engagement, generating substantial economic gains, and liberating journalists from repetitive tasks? Or does it pose a threat to the very fabric of journalism, within the backdrop of precariousness and content plundering?
This talk aims to unravel the complex web of AI’s -and more specifically LLM’s- impact on journalism, scaling automatic content generation and the proliferation of deepfakes in an already ‘infoxicated’ ecosystem. By exploring both utopian and dystopian scenarios, we seek to 1) provide insights into the potential futures that media and journalism face and 2) provide proposals, from an ethical and responsible media perspective, to ensure that Journalism thrives (and does not die) in the AI age.

Panel on Generative AI & AI Policy

Day 1 of the Annual meeting features a panel on Generative AI & AI Policy. Participants include our two keynote speakers, Ricardo Baeza-Yates as well as Esther Paniagua. They are joined by head of Schibsted Futures Lab, Andreas Bengtsson, as well as head of the Department of Information Science and Media Studies, Marija Slavkovik. The panel is moderated by Nicholas Diakopoulos.


We invited students from all areas of media studies, information sciences, informatics and other related fields to submit poster and demo abstracts for our Annual Meeting on 16-17 November.

The demo and poster session will take place on-site at the Media City Bergen Atrium. The presenters of the demos and posters will be given the opportunity to pitch their posters.

Name Poster
Anastasiia Klimashevskaia Evaluating The Effects of Calibrated Popularity Bias Mitigation: A Field Study
Ayoub Majjodi How the user’s food knowledge and nudges effect the user experience?
Bilal Mahmood Editorial Component in a News Recommender System
Huiling You JSEEGraph: Joint Structured Event Extraction as Graph Parsing
Gloria Anne Babile Kasangu Affective News Framing
Marianne Borchevink-Brækhus What does it mean when people spend less time on news?
Peter Andrews AiCommentator: A Multimodal Conversational Agent for Embedded Visualization in Football Viewing
Sohail Khan Deepfake Detection: A Comparative Analysis
John Magnus Dahl What if all your news were from…
Erik Knudsen Nudge me towards a filter bubble!
Samia Touileb Measuring Normative and Descriptive Biases in Language Models Using Census Data
Daniel Rosnes Evaluating Feature-Specific Similarity Metrics using Human Judgments for Norwegian News
Florence Walker I Dreamt of Something Lost
Vanessa Marie Haaland Responsible Personalization of Advertisement on News Websites
Agnar haugbjørg Haugen Exploring Political Engagement and Communication in Twitch Chat: A User-Centric Perspective
Andreas Solberg Jensen Podcasts and platforms
Thomas Laag Context-awareness in media recommendations
Snorre Alvsvåg Personalized Playlists on TV 2 Play

In additon to the posters, 11 demos will be displayed showcasing recent work. The following researchers will present demos:

  • Anastasiia Klimanshevskaia
  • Ayoub Majjodi
  • Bilal Mahmood
  • Gloria Anne Babile Kasangu
  • Peter Andrews
  • Sohail Khan
  • John Magnus Dahl
  • Erik Knudsen
  • Daniel Rosnes
  • Samia Touileb
  • Huiling You



WP Session Programme (Start of Day 2):

WP1: Understanding Media Experiences
09:35 WP1 Overview
Brita Ytre-Arne, UiB
09:40 Beyond «more time is better»: Understanding experiences of quick news use practices
Marianne Borchgrevink-Brækhus, UiB
09:50 What smartphones actually mean to teenagers – insights from an ethnographic study
John Magnus Dahl, UiB
WP2: User Modeling, Personalisation & Engagement
10:00 Responsible Personalization and Recommendation Technology
Mehdi Elahi, UiB
10:05 When sport get personal
Astrid Tessem, TV2
10:10 Forget about Erna, here comes BERT
Thomas Husken, BT
10:15 Calibrated Popularity Bias Mitigation: Evaluating the Effects Online
Anastasiia Klimashevskaia, UiB
WP3: Media Content Production & Analysis
10:20 Fact-Checking Complex Claims
Vinay Setty, UiS
10:35 The Need for Multimodal Verification: A Newsroom Perspective
Morten Langfeldt Dahlback, Faktisk.no
10:45 Break + Group Photo
WP4: Media Content Interaction & Accessibility
11:05 Multimodal Conversational Agents for Embedded Visualization in Football Viewing
Morten Fjeld, UiB
11:15 Dynamic Aspect Ratio for Live News at TV2
Ingar Arntzen, NORCE
WP5: Norwegian Language Technologies
11:25 WP5 Overview
Lilja Øvrelid, UiO
11:30 JSEEGraph: Joint Structured Event Extraction as Graph Parsing
Huilin You, UiO
11:40 The EDEN dataset, and application of JSEEGraph to Norwegian
Lilja Øvrelid, UiO
11:50 Summarization benchmark for Norwegian
Samia Touileb, UiB


Day 2 of the Annual Meeting features a Session on University – Industry Collaboration. Participants are Florence Jane Walker, Enrico Motta, and Irene Costera Meijer, who are currently working on a paper featuring aspects of collaboration between akademia and industry. The session starts with Florence Jane Walker presenting the findings of their study. Following the presentation the paper authors, Florence, as well as the co-authors Enrico Motta and Irene Costera Meijer is joined by Schibsted Academic Liason Eivind Throndsen in a panel. The panel is moderated by Leif Ove Larsen.


At the end of day 2 we will be hosting a World Café on the conference topics:

  • Generative AI
  • AI Policy
  • Univeristy Industry Collaboration

There will be 3 sessions where participants will be seated at one of the topics for each of the sessions.

Table hosts:

Generative AI:

  • Nicholas Diakopoulos
  • Dietmar Jannach

U-I Collaboration:

  • Enrico Motta
  • Irene Costera Meijer

AI Policy

  • Kimon Kieslich
  • Oskar Juhlin



16 November, 2023
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