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CITP Seminar: Olga Russakovsky – Fairness in Visual Recognition: Redesigning the Datasets, Improving the Models and Diversifying the AI Leadership

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


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Video available here.

Computer vision models trained on unparalleled amounts of data have revolutionized many applications. However, more and more historical societal biases are making their way into these seemingly innocuous systems.  Attention is focused on two types of biases: (1) bias in the form of inappropriate correlations between protected attributes (age, gender expression, skin color, …) and the predictions of visual recognition models, as well as (2) bias in the form of unintended discrepancies in error rates of vision systems across different social, demographic or cultural groups. In this talk, we’ll dive deeper both into the technical reasons and the viable strategies for mitigating bias in computer vision. A subset of our recent work will be highlighted, addressing bias in visual datasets (FAT*2020, ECCV 2020;  and recently here), in visual models (CVPR 2020; CVPR 2021; ICCV 2021), in evaluation metrics (ICML 2021) as well as in the makeup of AI leadership.


Olga Russakovsky is an assistant professor in the computer science department at Princeton University. Her research is in computer vision, closely integrated with the fields of machine learning, human-computer interaction and fairness, accountability and transparency. She has been awarded the’s Emerging Leader Abie Award in honor of Denice Denton in 2020, the CRA-WP Anita Borg Early Career Award in 2020, the MIT Technology Review’s 35-under-35 Innovator award in 2017, the PAMI Everingham Prize in 2016 and Foreign Policy Magazine’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers award in 2015. In addition to her research, she co-founded and continues to serve on the Board of Directors of the AI4ALL foundation dedicated to increasing diversity and inclusion in Artificial Intelligence. She completed her Ph.D. at Stanford University in 2015 and her postdoctoral fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University in 2017.