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10 Methods of Inclusive Machine Learning

HackHer413 founder Katie House writes about how to make machine learning work fro good, not for evil. Read more …

Erik Learned-Miller helped create one of the most important face datasets in the world. Now he wants to regulate his creation.

Erik Learned-Miller is one reason we talk about facial recognition at all.
In 2007, years before the current A.I. boom made “deep learning” and “neural networks” common phrases in Silicon Valley, Learned-Miller and three colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst released a dataset of faces titled Labelled Faces in the Wild. Read more …

Doctoral Student Emma Strubell’s Research on AI’s Carbon Footprint Highlighted

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.

Brun and Meliou Receive Gift from Oracle to Detect Software Bias

UMass College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) professors Yuriy Brun and 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. Read more …

Doctoral Student Rico Angell Granted NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) doctoral student Rico Angell has recently been selected to receive a Graduate Research Fellowship by the National Science Foundation. “Modern software, especially software that learns from data, often exhibit biases,” says CICS Associate Professor Yuriy Brun, Angell’s doctoral advisor. “Rico’s research focuses on understanding when and why such software exhibits bias.” Read more …

UMass Amherst Computer Scientists Receive Grant to Improve Software Fairness

Computer science researchers Alexandra Meliou and Yuriy Brun at the University of Massachusetts Amherst 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. Read more …