The Data Standard

Fairness and inclusive AI learning with Simi Manchanda
Simi Manchanda, VP of Data Science at Bank of America sits down with TDS to discuss Fairness and inclusive AI learning

Episode Summary

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) systems are increasingly being used across all sectors and societies. Alongside this growth, model fairness has been gaining awareness over the past years. This field aims to assess how fair the model is when treating pre-existing biases in data. Fairness in machine learning is an exciting and vibrant area of research and discussion among academics, practitioners, and the broader public. The goal is to understand and prevent unjust or prejudicial treatment of people related to race, income, sexual orientation, religion, gender, and other characteristics historically associated with discrimination and marginalization, when and where they manifest in algorithmic systems or algorithmically aided decision-making. AI systems are enabling new experiences and abilities for people around the globe. Beyond recommending books and television shows, AI systems can be used for more critical tasks, such as predicting the presence and severity of a medical condition, matching people to jobs and partners, or identifying if a person is crossing the street. Such computerized assistive or decision-making systems have the potential to be fairer and more inclusive at a broader scale than decision-making processes based on ad hoc rules or human judgments. The risk is that any unfairness in such systems can also have a wide-scale impact. Thus, as the impact of AI increases across sectors and societies, it is critical to work towards systems that are fair and inclusive for all.

Meet The Host

Catherine Tao

Data scientist at The Data Standard

Catherine Tao is a tech enthusiast looking for new methods for building connections with businesses around the world. Her extensive knowledge of data science allowed her to develop new solutions and implement them into existing ecosystems. She is currently working as a Data scientist and Exclusive Podcast Producer at The Data Standard.

Meet The Guest

Simi Manchanda

VP of Data Science at Bank of America

I am a Leader and Senior manager in Engineering, Data Science and Research science space. My focus is machine learning (ML) and natural language processing (NLP) data products and applications. Initiated, managed, and launched several high-impact cross-org projects using cutting-edge Deep Learning and NLP techniques. Passionate about building and growing great teams.