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Recent News

Jul 21, 2023: Professors Bev Woolf and Yair Zick discussed the need for AI regulations on Western Mass News channel. As observed by Yair Zick: It doesn’t really matter what field you’re in, but if you don’t have some understanding of how these systems work, I feel it’s basic knowledge nowadays that you really got to have.”

Jun 7, 2023: Professor Brian Levine was a contributor to a Wall Street Journal investigative report alleging that Instagram’s algorithms are helping connect and promote a vast network of accounts devoted to the commission and purchase of underage-sex content.

May 11, 2023: Research Assistant Professor Przemyslaw Grabowicz was quoted in the BusinessWest article “AI Promises to Impact the Workforce in Unexpected Ways

May 9, 2023: Przemyslaw Grabowicz gave a talk about a path towards fair and explainable automated decision-making and participated in a panel at a Responsible AI workshop at Carnegie Mellon University. He outlined his vision here.

Feb 9, 2022: UMass Amherst released an article quoting CICS courses about Public Interest Technology and Responsible AI. In today’s globalized world, we need to design techno-social systems with social responsibility in mind.

Nov 21, 2019: Associate Professor Philip Thomas along with CICS colleagues and students, published a piece in Science magazine, introducing a new framework for designing machine learning algorithms that make it easier for users  to specify safety and fairness constraints.

Oct 27, 2019: Professor Erik Learned-Miller along with CICS alumnus Gary Huang, and Facebook research scientist Tamara Berg, have received the Mark Everingham Award from the International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), sponsored by the Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEEE).

Sep 1, 2019: Associate Professor Alexandra Meliou was special issue editor of “Fairness, Diversity, and Transparency in Data Systems,” a special issue of IEEE Data Engineering.

Jul 26, 2019: HackHer413 founder Katie House writes about how to make machine learning work for good, not for evil.

Jul 26, 2019: OneZero describes how Professor Erik Learned-Miller wants to see AI regulated the same way the FDA regulates medical devices.

Jun 6, 2019: CICS doctoral student Emma Strubell’s paper, Energy and Policy Considerations for Deep Learning in NLP, will be presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Computer Linguistics in Florence, Italy in July. Her work was recently highlighted in New Scientist and Popular Mechanics.

May 15, 2019: Professor Yuriy Brun and Associate Professor Alexandra Meliou have received a $100,000 gift from Oracle Labs to support their work on software fairness, focusing on testing software for bias using an automated test generation technique. 

Apr 22, 2019: CICS doctoral student Rico Angell has recently been selected to receive a Graduate Research Fellowship by the National Science Foundation

Aug 16, 2018: Professor Yuriy Brun and Associate Professor Alexandra Meliou have received a four-year, $1.05 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study how software systems can exhibit bias and how software engineers can develop fairer, more equitable systems.