University of Michigan-Flint professor Douglas Zytko has secured a $567,968 grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop technology aimed at enhancing safe online interactions.  Zytko is an Associate Professor of Computer Science in the College of Innovation and Technology at the University of Michigan-Flint.Doug ZYTKO | Professor (Associate) | Doctor of Philosophy | University of  Michigan-Flint, Flint | UM-Flint | College of Innovation & Technology |  Research profile

Zytko plans to create ‘consent technology’ to prevent sexual harm in face-to-face meetings originating from online connections. This initiative targets protection for young individuals and other vulnerable groups vulnerable to exploitation on social media and digital platforms. Zytko intends to explore the use of  Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Virtual Reality (VR) to provide visual guidelines, aiming to reduce misinterpretations between individuals. Congressman Dan Kildee lent his support for the grant on June 17, of this year as well as the The NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program.

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