Automated video analysis in legislative research

I am currently heading a research project at the Collaborative Research Center 884 “The Political Economy of Reforms” at the University of Mannheim together with Thomas Gschwend and Rainer Stiefelhagen. In the project, we use automated face detection and face recognition facilities to examine patterns of attendance in the Landtag Baden-Württemberg to assess the importance that political actors attribute to specific pieces of legislation. In addition, we apply automated text analysis to analyze how legislation changes as it moves through parliament.

In a broader sense, the aim of the project is to study the potential of automated video analysis for political research. We hope to contribute to the broadening of the methods portfolio in the social sciences that is currently under way. As audio and video data are increasingly ubiquitous and easily accessible in the digital age, it is important that political science is equipped with the necessary tools to make sense of such data.

Vote advice application for Frankfurt mayoral election

I am currently running a vote advice application, the Wahlkompass Frankfurt, for the 2018 Frankfurt mayoral election in collaboration with Martin Gross, Michael Jankowski, André Krouwel, Sigrid Roßteutscher, and Jan Philipp Thomeczek. The project is supported by the City of Frankfurt, Hessischer Rundfunk, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and organizationally affiliated with the Dutch Kieskompas.