Campus Team Awarded NSF Grant to Develop Tool to Aid Workers

A campus team led by research professor Beverly Woolf of the College of Information and Computer Science (CICS) recently received a one-year, $838,722 grant from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Convergence Accelerator Program to support their project to create a tool for workers to analyze their profiles and skills and identify training and education to aid their career paths.

Faculty team members in addition to Woolf are Andrew Lan and Shlomo Zilberstein, CICS, Tom Juravich, sociology, Andrew Cohen, psychological and brain sciences, and Ina Ganguli, economics. For this project, they will develop algorithms and software to help companies and workers be successful in an evolving workplace. 

Among other components, they will analyze anonymized data about workers’ skills, education and career path, plus information about job postings for open positions and about job seekers, in collaborations with Connecticut-based Stanley Black & Decker, the world’s largest tool manufacturer, the City of Holyoke and MassHire Holyoke. One goal is to create a tool where job seekers input their skills, interests, work experience, education and other information and receive a skill assessment, recommendations about job opportunities and suggestions for future training and education.

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