Independent Community Rooted AI Research

Timnit Gebru

Timnit Gebru will present "Independent Community Rooted AI Research," the first in a series of talks on AI research through the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives program.

Timnit Gebru is the founder and executive director of the Distributed Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (DAIR). Prior to that, she was fired by Google in December 2020 for raising issues of discrimination in the workplace, where was serving as co-lead of the Ethical AI research team. She received her PhD from Stanford University, and did a postdoc at Microsoft Research in New York City in the FATE (Fairness Accountability Transparency and Ethics in AI) group, where she studied algorithmic bias and the ethical implications underlying projects aiming to gain insights from data. She also co-founded Black in AI, a nonprofit that works to increase the presence, inclusion, visibility and health of Black people in the field of AI. Gebru serves on the board of AddisCoder, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching algorithms and computer programming to Ethiopian high school students, free of charge.

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This event is sponsored by Women & Gender in Global Perspectives Program, iSchool, African American Studies, International and Area Studies Library, Siebel Center for Design, and the Centers for African Studies, Global Studies, and South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies