The project, led by NC State professor Huiling Ding, is part of the NSF’s Convergence Accelerator Pilot program that supports multidisciplinary efforts to address issues of national importance.
The WE-RISE research team consists of the following NC State faculty members:
- Huiling Ding, principal investigator, professor of English and director of NC State’s M.S. in Technical Communication program.
- Min Chi, co-PI and associate professor of computer science.
- Xiaolei Fang, co-PI and assistant professor of industrial and systems engineering.
- Timothy Menzies, co-PI and professor of computer science.
- Xipeng Shen, co-PI and professor of computer science.
- Veljko Dubljevic, senior personnel and assistant professor of philosophy and science, technology, and society.
- Yang Cheng, senior personnel and assistant professor of communication studies.
- To connect workers with current/future jobs and training service providers
- To assist workers with AI-driven credential gap diagnostics, personalized job and training recommendations, as well as modules of AI recruiting strategies and soft skills
Phase I: To develop support for manufacturing workers to move up career ladders through job ad-resume matching, credential gap analysis, and personalized job/training recommendations.
Phase II: To develop generalized infrastructure for workforce empowerment with three sectors as use testing cases.
Core deliverables: Advanced NLP/ML for work data analytics; ready-to-use core modules; integrating currently disconnected ecosystems.