On Monday: keynote speaker explores fairness in automated decision-making

All are welcome to attend the opening keynote lecture of the Scandinavian Symposium and Workshops on Algorithm Theory (SWAT) conference, held at Malmö University on June 18-20. Sorelle Friedler, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Haverford College in Pennsylvania and an Affiliate at the Data & Society Research Institute will hold a lecture titled Optimizing Society? Ensuring Fairness in Automated Decision-Making.

When and where:
Monday June 18 at 9:00-10:00 in NI:C0E11, Niagara building ground level, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Malmö. The keynote lecture is open to the public. No reservation necessary.

More information about the SWAT conference, including program and registration information.

Link to Sorelle Friedler’s webpage

Lecture abstract:
Algorithms are increasingly used to make high-stakes decisions about people; who goes to jail, what neighborhoods police deploy to, and who should be hired for a job. But if we want these decisions to be fair, this means we must take societal notions of fairness and express them using the language of math. What is a fair decision and how can it be guaranteed?

In this talk, we’ll discuss recent work from the new and growing field of Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency. We will examine technical definitions of fairness and non-discrimination that have been proposed and their societal counterparts. We’ll also discuss methods for ensuring that algorithms are making decisions as desired, from methods to audit black-box algorithms to white-box interpretability techniques. This important field necessitates societally informed and mathematically rigorous work; we’ll discuss open problems in this light.

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