[AI Seminar] AI Lunch -- Room Change -- Jamie Morgenstern -- October 4

Ellen Vitercik vitercik at cs.cmu.edu
Thu Sep 29 10:13:12 EDT 2016

Dear faculty and students,

We look forward to seeing you this Tuesday, October 4th, at noon in *NSH
1507* for AI lunch. *Please note the room change*. To learn more about the
seminar and lunch, please visit the AI Lunch webpage

On Tuesday, Jamie Morgenstern <https://www.cis.upenn.edu/~jamiemor/>, a
postdoc at UPenn and a CMU alum, will give a talk titled "Towards a Theory
of Fairness in Machine Learning."

*Abstract:* Algorithm design has moved from being a tool used exclusively
for designing systems to one used to present people with personalized
content, advertisements, and other economic opportunities. Massive amounts
of information is recorded about people's online behavior including the
websites they visit, the advertisements they click on, their search
history, and their IP address. Algorithms then use this information for
many purposes: to choose which prices to quote individuals for airline
tickets, which advertisements to show them, and even which news stories to
promote. These systems create new challenges for algorithm design. When a
person's behavior influences the prices they may face in the future, they
may have a strong incentive to modify their behavior to improve their
long-term utility; therefore, these algorithms' performance should be
resilient to strategic manipulation. Furthermore, when an algorithm makes
choices that affect people's everyday lives, the effects of these choices
raise ethical concerns such as whether the algorithm's behavior violates
individuals' privacy or whether the algorithm treats people fairly.

*Speaker bio:* Jamie Morgenstern is a Warren Center postdoctoral fellow in
Computer Science and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. She
received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in
2015, and her B.S. in Computer Science and B.A. in Mathematics from the
University of Chicago in 2010. Her research focuses on machine learning for
mechanism design, fairness in machine learning, and algorithmic game
theory. She received a Microsoft Women's Research Scholarship, an NSF
Graduate Research Fellowship, and a Simons Award for Graduate Students in
Theoretical Computer Science.

Ellen and Ariel
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