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PhD position, Fairness in Machine Learning - 2019BAPFWETEF280Posted by: University of Antwerp
Posted date: 2019-Oct-02
The Faculty of Sciences is seeking to fill a full-time (100%) vacancy in the Department of Computer Science for a
Doctoral scholarship holder in the area of Fairness in Machine Learning
Research Environment: The PhD student will perform research in the ADREM Data Lab, under the supervision of professor Toon Calders. The Adrem Data Lab consists of 4 faculty members, 7 postdoctoral researchers and 21 doctoral students. The lab builds on a long standing and internationally strong reputation ranging from the theoretical foundations to the practical application of data sciences. The nexus between theory and applications positions the lab in a unique way. From its embedding in the department of Mathematics and Computer Science, the lab covers many important facets required to manage, query, interpret and analyze data, in all its forms. This results in a broad and recognised excellence in areas ranging from data management, data cleaning, data mining, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. More information on the researchers of the lab can be found at https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/research-groups/adrem-data-lab/.
The project: Artificial intelligence is more and more responsible for decisions that have a huge impact on our lives. But predictions made using data mining and algorithms can affect population subgroups differently. Academic researchers and journalists have shown that decisions taken by predictive algorithms sometimes lead to biased outcomes, reproducing inequalities already present in society. Is it possible to make a fairness-aware data mining process? Are algorithms biased because people are too? Or is it how machine learning works at the most fundamental level?
The goal of this project is two-fold: (1) develop measures of fairness with respect to gender and racial discrimination that are useful in the operational context of the involved insurance company, (2) measure fairness of existing decision procedures and models generated by state-of-the-art machine learning methods. The project will be executed n collaboration with one of the largest insurance companies in the world. A more elaborated description of the project can be found at https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/staff/toon-calders/open-positions/.
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