TOC4Fairness Seminar – Mireille Hildebrandt

Date: Wednesday, March 31st, 2021
9:00 am – 10:00 am Pacific Time
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Eastern Time

Location: Weekly Seminar, Zoom

Title:  The framing powers of ML


The research design of machine learning integrates a whole series of design decisions, each of which both enables and restricts the output. Many of these decisions concern trade-offs. ML applications basically frame whatever they ‘perceive’ and thus also frame the behaviour of the application. In this talk I will discuss the productive nature of the bias that is inherent in machine learning development, and its relationship with unfair and unlawful bias in subsequent applications. I will discuss this in light of the resilience, robustness, reliability and responsibility of AI applications and the need to better communicate about both the inherent and the problematic aspects of bias in ML. 


Prof. Mireille Hildebrandt is a Research Professor on ‘Interfacing Law and Technology’ at Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB), appointed by the VUB Research Council. She is co-Director of the Research Group on Law Science Technology and Society studies (LSTS) at the Faculty of Law and Criminology.

She also holds the part-time Chair of Smart Environments, Data Protection and the Rule of Law at the Science Faculty, at the Institute for Computing and Information Sciences (iCIS) at Radboud University Nijmegen.