AI FOR GENDER INCLUSIVITY
Join the AI for Gender Inclusivity Breakthrough Session’s action-oriented efforts to prevent a cycle of algorithmic bias and enable an equitable future for humanity. We believe there are AI for Good solutions to the missing data problem and incentivizing the crowd to investigate the ways in which AI and machine learning can create a future in which unbiased insights that tell the story of all humanity —not just a subset of it — is the way to achieve it.
Speakers, Panelists and Moderators
FRANCESCA ROSSI Professor of Computer Science, IBM AI Ethics Global Leader, AI for Gender Inclusivity Breakthrough Co-ChairIBM AIFRANCESCA ROSSIProfessor of Computer Science, IBM AI Ethics Global Leader, AI for Gender Inclusivity Breakthrough Co-ChairIBM AIFrancesca Rossi is a distinguished research scientist at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, and a professor of computer science at the University of Padova, Italy. Her research interests focus on artificial intelligence. Specifically, they include constraint reasoning, preferences, multi-agent systems, computational social choice, and collective decision making. She is also interested in ethical issues in the development and behaviour of AI systems, in particular for decision support systems for group decision making. She has published over 170 scientific articles in journals and conference proceedings, and as book chapters. She has co-authored a book. She has edited 17 volumes, between conference proceedings, collections of contributions, special issues of journals, as well as the Handbook of Constraint Programming. She has more than 100 co-authors. She is a AAAI and a EurAI fellow, and a Radcliffe fellow 2015. She has been president of IJCAI and an executive councillor of AAAI. She is Editor in Chief of JAIR and a member of the editorial board of Constraints, Artificial Intelligence, AMAI, and KAIS. She co-chairs the AAAI committee on AI and ethics and she is a member of the scientific advisory board of the Future of Life Institute and of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence. She is in the executive committee of the IEEE global initiative on ethical considerations on the development of autonomous and intelligent systems and she belongs to the World Economic Forum Council on AI and robotics. She is a member of the board of directors of the Partnership on AI, where she represents IBM as one of the founding partners.
AZER BESTAVROS Director, Data Science Initiative Associate Provost for Computing and Data Sciences; AI for Gender Inclusivity Co-ChairBoston UniversityAZER BESTAVROSDirector, Data Science Initiative Associate Provost for Computing and Data Sciences; AI for Gender Inclusivity Co-ChairBoston UniversityAzer Bestavros is the Founding Director of the Hariri Institute for Computing at Boston University. He is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science in the College of Arts and Sciences and holds affiliated appointments in Electrical and Computer Engineering and in Systems Engineering. A distinguished educator and scholar, Professor Bestavros pursues research in networking, distributed computing, cybersecurity, and high-assurance systems. His seminal contributions include pioneering studies of web push caching through content distribution networks, self-similar Internet traffic characterization, game-theoretic cloud resource management, and safety certification of networked systems and software. His current research is focused on design, implementation, and deployment of scalable software platforms for privacy-preserving big-data analytics, and the use of edge clouds for control of cyber-physical systems. Funded by over $44M from government and industry sponsors, his research has yielded 19 PhD theses, 8 issued patents, 2 startups, and hundreds of refereed papers with over 20,000 citations and an H-index of 60.
ANOUSHEH ANSARI CEO, Space Ambassador; first female private space explorer; AI for Gender Inclusivity Breakthrough Co-ChairXPRIZE FoundationANOUSHEH ANSARICEO, Space Ambassador; first female private space explorer; AI for Gender Inclusivity Breakthrough Co-ChairXPRIZE FoundationAnousheh Ansari is CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation, the world’s leader in designing and operating incentive competitions to solve humanity’s grand challenges. Ansari, along with her family, sponsored the organization’s first competition, the Ansari XPRIZE, a $10 million competition that ignited a new era for commercial spaceflight. Since then, she has served on XPRIZE’s Board of Directors. Prior to being named CEO of XPRIZE, Ansari served as the CEO of Prodea Systems, a leading Internet of Things (IoT) technology firm she co-founded in 2006, and continues to serve as the executive chairwoman. She captured headlines around the world when she embarked upon an 11-day space expedition, accomplishing her childhood dream of becoming the first female private space explorer, first astronaut of Iranian descent, first Muslim woman in space, and fourth private explorer to visit space. Ansari serves on the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Future Council and has received numerous honors, including the WEF Young Global Leader, Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and STEM Leadership Hall of Fame, among others. She is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and serves on the board of Jabil and Peace First, as well as several other not-for-profit organizations focused on STEM education and youth empowerment. Ansari also co-founded The Billion Dollar Fund for Women, announced in October 2018 at the Tri Hita Karana (THK) Forum on Sustainable Development in Bali, with a goal of investing $1 billion in women-founded companies by 2020. She published her memoir, My Dream of Stars, to share her life story as inspiration for young women around the world. Ansari holds a bachelor’s degree in electronics and computer engineering from George Mason University, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from George Washington University; and honorary doctorates from George Mason University, Utah Valley University, and International Space University.
ELIZABETH BRAMSON-BOUDREAU Chief Executive Officer and PublisherMassachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Technology ReviewELIZABETH BRAMSON-BOUDREAUChief Executive Officer and PublisherMassachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Technology ReviewElizabeth Bramson-Boudreau is the CEO and publisher of MIT Technology Review, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's media company. MIT Technology Review's analysis, features, interviews, and events explain the impact of new technologies on business and society. Elizabeth is leading the growth, expansion, and modernization of MIT Technology Review's media platforms and products, including U.S. and international websites, newsletters, events, and an award-winning print magazine. Elizabeth also serves as chair of the global entrepreneurial network MIT Enterprise Forum. Elizabeth has a 20-year background in building and running teams at world-leading media companies. She maintains a keen focus on new ways to commercialize media content to appeal to discerning, demanding consumers as well as B2B audiences. Prior to joining MIT Technology Review, Elizabeth was the global managing director of the Economist Corporate Network (whose parent company publishes The Economist magazine), where she led editorial content creation, sales, marketing, and event operations. She also spent a decade working as a consultant. Elizabeth holds an executive MBA from the London Business School, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College.
MARIA AXENTEResponsible AI and AI for Good LeadPwC UKIn her role as Responsible AI and AI for Good Lead at PwC, Maria advises partners across industry, academia, governments, and more, on how to harness the power of AI in an ethical and responsible manner. She has played a crucial part in the development and set-up of PwC’s UK AI Center of Excellence, the firm’s AI strategy and most recently the development of PwC’s Responsible AI toolkit, firms methodology for embedding ethics in AI. Maria is a globally recognised AI ethics expert, a Advisory Board member of the UK Government All-Party Parliamentary Group on AI, member of BSI/ISO & IEEE AI standard groups, a Fellow of the RSA and an advocate for gender diversity in AI, children and youth rights in the age of AI.
CAITLIN KRAFT BUCHMANFounder, CEOWomen@TheTableCaitlin Kraft-Buchman is CEO/Founder of Women at the Table, a growing global CSO based in Geneva, Switzerland – and the first organization to focus on systems change by helping feminists gain influence in sectors that have key structural impact: economy, democracy and governance, technology, and sustainability. A serial coalition builder focused on impact, she is the founder of International Gender Champions (IGC) a leadership network of female & male decision-makers that breaks down gender barriers for system change. After four years it includes hubs in Geneva, New York, Vienna, Nairobi, The Hague, and most recently Paris, and counts 300+ Champion heads of organizations including the Secretary General of the UN, heads of the UNHCR, ICRC, IOM, IFRC, WTO, ILO, WHO, WIPO, ISO, ITU, Ambassadors, and Civil Society. As IGC Board Member she is also responsible for IGC’s Trade Impact Group (Buenos Aires Declaration on Trade and Women’s Economic Empowerment, 2017); Disarmament Impact Group (nominated for Arms Control Person/s of the Year, 2018); Standards Impact Group (Gender Responsive Standards Declaration, 2019); International Justice Impact Group (The Hague Principles on Sexual Violence, 2019). Caitlin also founded and co-leads the new < A+ > Alliance for Inclusive Algorithms with Ciudadania Inteligente, a global coalition of technologists, activists and academics who focus on affirmative action for algorithms and creating gender equality, so that machine learning does not embed an already biased system into our future.
NICOLE WASHINGTONSenior Advisor of Community EngagementOctane OC
Nicole Washington, M.S., is the Senior Advisor of Community Engagement for Octane of Orange County, CA. Octane has helped more than 600 companies raise over $2.4B in funding and create 10,290 jobs since we started in 2010. In this role, Nicole focuses on engaging with strategic partners to increase access for women and underrepresented groups to the Southern California Entrepreneurship & Innovation Ecosystem.
Nicole has nearly 20 years of systems integration experience, including systems implementation, design and programming from her previous career with Ernst & Young, Whittman Hart and MarchFirst management consulting firms. She is the founder and owner of Micro Biz Coach®, a firm that focuses on educating business owners to leverage various aspects of internet technology in their operations in order to maximize efficiency and to effectively compete with larger businesses. Its clients have been featured on CNBC, Fox Business News, TheStreet.com and a host of Clear Channel radio stations.
Nicole is also the founder of Nicole’s Naturals® Inc. (Est. 2014). Nicole’s Naturals is a gluten free food manufacturing company specializing in the development of gluten free grain products with the texture and taste of traditional gluten products.
She is a member of the Angel Capital Association and the Ohio TechAngel Fund, the 2nd largest Angel Investor Network in the United States, where she served as the due diligence team technology lead for several years. Nicole currently serves on several boards including the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute and the Samueli Academy Board of Trustees.
AYLIN CALISKANAssistant Professor of Computer ScienceThe George Washington UniversityAylin Caliskan is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at George Washington University. Her research interests include the emerging science of bias in artificial intelligence, fairness in machine learning, and privacy. Her work aims to characterize and quantify aspects of natural and artificial intelligence using a multitude of machine learning, language processing, and computer vision techniques. In her recent publication in Science, she demonstrated how semantics derived from language corpora contain human-like biases. Prior to that, she developed novel privacy attacks to de-anonymize programmers using code stylometry. Her presentations on both de-anonymization and bias in machine learning are the recipients of best talk awards. Her work on semi-automated anonymization of writing style furthermore received the Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium Best Paper Award. Her research has received extensive press coverage across the globe. Aylin holds a PhD in Computer Science from Drexel University and a Master of Science in Robotics from University of Pennsylvania. Before joining the faculty at George Washington University, she was a Postdoctoral Researcher and a Fellow at Princeton University's Center for Information Technology Policy.
STEPHEN CAVE Executive Director of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of IntelligenceUniversity of CambridgeSTEPHEN CAVEExecutive Director of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of IntelligenceUniversity of CambridgeDr Stephen Cave is Executive Director of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI) at the University of Cambridge, UK, where he is also Senior Research Associate in the Faculty of Philosophy and Fellow of Hughes Hall. At CFI, he oversees a team of researchers across five programmes on the nature and impact of AI in the short and long term. His own research interests currently focus on the portrayal and ethics of intelligent machines. Previously, Stephen earned a PhD in philosophy from Cambridge, then joined the British Foreign Office, where he served as a policy advisor and diplomat. He is author of the book Immortality (Penguin Random House), a New Scientist book of the year, and co-editor of AI Narratives: A History of Imaginative Thinking About Intelligent Machines (OUP).
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- Coffee break
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- Lunch break
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