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Inherent Trade-Offs in Algorithmic Fairness

CISE Distinguished Lecture - Jon Kleinberg - Cornell University - May 3 - 2pm - Room W2220

May 3, 2018 2:00 PM  to 
May 3, 2018 3:00 PM
NSF Room W2220

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Abstract: Recent discussion in the public sphere about classification by algorithms has involved tension between competing notions of what it means for such a classification to be fair to different groups. We consider several of the key fairness conditions that lie at the heart of these debates, and discuss recent research establishing inherent trade-offs between these conditions. We also consider a variety of methods for promoting fairness and related notions for classification and selection problems that involve sets rather than just individuals. 

This talk is based on joint work with Sendhil Mullainathan, Manish Raghavan, and Maithra Raghu. 

BIO:  Jon Kleinberg is the Tisch University Professor in the Departments of Computer Science and Information Science at Cornell University. His research focuses on issues at the interface of algorithms, networks, and information, with an emphasis on the social and information networks that underpin the Web and other on-line media. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, and has served on the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) of the National Research Council and the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Advisory Committee of the National Science Foundation. He is the recipient of research fellowships from the MacArthur, Packard, Simons, and Sloan Foundations, as well as the NSF CAREER and ONR Young Investigator awards, and the Harvey Prize, Nevanlinna Prize, and ACM Prize in Computing. 

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