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Thursday, April 12 • 1:30pm - 1:55pm
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Machine learning algorithms are coded procedures - a series of logical steps that use mathematical functions to find patterns in datasets - so is it possible for a machine learning model to be socially biased? How can social bias make its way into our data, our trained models, and our artificial intelligence, and how could that affect people in our society? What do we need to be aware of as data scientists in order to prevent our models from treating people unfairly and causing harm?

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Renee Teate

Data Scientist, HelioCampus
Renée M. P. Teate is the creator of the popular Becoming a Data Scientist Podcast and @becomingdatasci twitter account. She has worked with data for her entire career, from designing databases for small businesses to analyzing customer and alumni data for Rosetta Stone and James... Read More →

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Emily Crose

Threat Hunter, Ironnet Cybersecurity
Emily Crose is a security researcher and professional with over 10 years of experience including a total of 7 between being an officer for the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency. She is currently directing the Nemesis project in her free time and currently... Read More →
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Natalie Evans Harris

Chief Operating Officer, BrightHive
Both as Founder of Harris Data Consulting and COO of BrightHive, Ms. Evans Harris has dedicated over 16 years to driving the strategic use of data to answer some of our nation’s toughest questions and driving organizational success; 
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Vicente Ordonez

Assistant Professor, University of Virginia
Vicente Ordonez is Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Virginia. His research interests lie at the intersection of computer vision, natural language processing and machine learning. He is a recipient of an IBM Faculty Award and a Google Faculty... Read More →

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Capital One

Capital One is a diversified bank that offers a broad array of financial products and service to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. 
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S&P Global

S&P Global Inc. (prior to April 2016 McGraw Hill Financial, Inc., and prior to 2013 McGraw Hill Companies) is an American publicly traded corporation headquartered in New York City. Its primary areas of business are financial information and analytics. It is the parent company of... Read More →




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