Jessie J. Smith (Jess) is a PhD candidate and a Google PhD Fellow at The University of Colorado Boulder researching machine learning and AI ethics with an emphasis on algorithmic fairness and transparency.
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Jess' dissertation focuses on operationalizing fairness within machine learning systems, with a focus on the application of recommender systems---which includes developing best practices to empirically measure the inherently unobservable and contested construct of fairness. Her previous work has explored ways to improve algorithmic literacy, trust, and agency in 'multistakeholder' systems, especially when values come into conflict with one another [read more about this work].
Jess also does part-time consulting with small to large size tech companies to work with data scientists on incorporating fairness, transparency, and/or auditing into the machine learning and AI lifecycle. This includes working with employees across various teams to understand how fairness can most appropriately be encoded into algorithms and processes while aligning with an organization's values.
Jess was previously a graduate instructor for introductory Computer Science (in Python) at CU Boulder and helped restructure the curriculum to include more case studies and ethical speculation for the unintended consequences of technology. Check out Jess' open source repo for intro coding courses that includes 5 modules for teaching ethics and social science through the lens of coding!
Interviewing experts on the most pressing topics in AI Ethics while building a movement to address the societal issues embedded in AI systems.
Taking ethical dilemmas introduced in SciFi stories and applying them to contemporary issues with technology through the power of storytelling and case-studies.