Jon Kleinberg

Tisch University Professor of Computer Science, Cornell University

Panel: Bias in AI

High School Dating (Bearman, Moody, and Stovel, 2004). Image by Mark Newman.

Jon Kleinberg is working towards a careful analysis of how computer scientists—as researchers, pedagogues, and professionals—can contribute to a just and equitable future for computation. Kleinberg has identified ways that computer science might contribute to social change, looking concretely at how algorithms can be biased; how researchers can learn to analyse those algorithms in a manner that is attuned to social processes, and how students can shape their careers in ways that are ethically attuned to the consequences of choices they make as designers and engineers. “Bias in AI” grounds its discussion of the science and engineering of AI in his expertise.

Biography: Cornell University

Jon Kleinberg. Credit: Lindsay France/Cornell University.

Symposium Schedule

Panel: Bias in AI
Live Presentation & Q&A
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 / 11:00am–1:00pm EST
Location: Livestream

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