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AI-aided screening process

One-click deployment for running simulations in the cloud mimicking an AI-aided screening process

Inspired during an Odissei meeting, the lead scientist of the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) wanted to use active learning to screen large amounts of textual data using the open-source software ASReview. PBL initiated an independent study and implemented ASReview at the PBL (and inspired the RIVM and the Netherlands Institute for Social Research - SCP). However, the use case of such institutes differs from the typical user because questions from the Dutch government are typically less structured than a classical systematic review question. For such purposes, ASReview allows users to choose from a wide range of models. Moreover, ASReview ships with a simulation mode to mimic the AI-aided screening process and test the performance of different models. Running such models, however, takes a long time, especially if testing the performance of neural nets, which will most likely be beneficial for users like PBL.

Therefore, the proposal aims to develop a one-click-deployment option for running large-scale simulation studies in the cloud and to evaluate how much computation time can be saved. This way, users like the PBL, can quickly run a large-scale simulation study to select the best-performing model for answering research questions from the Dutch government.

Therefore, we propose to:

  1. Test the existing one-click deployment functionality.
  2. Investigate the run-time differences between locally running a simulation study versus using the deployment options.
  3. Add the one-click deployment option to the simulation pipeline.

Participating organisations

Utrecht University
Netherlands eScience Center
Social Sciences & Humanities
Social Sciences & Humanities



Rens van de Schoot
Lead Applicant
Universiteit Utrecht
Jelle Teijema
Abel Soares Siqueira
Abel Soares Siqueira
Lead RSE
Netherlands eScience Center
Jisk Attema
Jisk Attema
Programme Manager
Netherlands eScience Center