Seminar: Facets of Fairness and Transparency in Algorithmic Decision Making

5 Mar 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Presenter/Speaker: Professor Mykola Pechenizkiy, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, TU Eindhoven, Netherlands
Location: G.1.15

Modern predictive analytics and machine learning techniques contribute to the massive automation of the data-driven decision making and decision support. It becomes better understood and accepted, in particular due to the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), that employed predictive models may need to be audited. Disregarding whether we deal with so-called black-box models (e.g. deep learning) or more interpretable models (e.g. decision trees), answering even basic questions like “why is this model giving these answer?” and “how do particular features affect the model output?” is nontrivial. In reality, auditors need tools not just to explain the decision logic of an algorithm, but also to uncover and characterize undesired or unlawful biases in predictive model performance, e.g. by law hiring decisions cannot be influenced by race or gender. In this talk I will give a brief overview of the different facets of comprehensibility of predictive analytics and reflect on the current state-of-the-art and further research needed for gaining a deeper understanding of what it means for predictive analytics to be truly transparent and accountable.

Mykola Pechenizkiy is Professor of Data Mining at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, TU Eindhoven.  His core expertise and research interests are in predictive analytics and its application to real-world problems in industry, medicine and education. At the Data Science Center (DCS/e) he leads the Responsible Data Science interdisciplinary research program aiming at developing techniques for informed, accountable and transparent analytics. As principal investigator of several data science projects he aims at developing foundations for next generation predictive analytics and demonstrating their ecological validity in practice. Over the past decade he has co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and served on the program committees of the leading data mining and AI conferences.

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