Conference Fairness and Transparency, Towards Responsible Data Science

5.03 — 5.03.2019
PLNT Leiden, Langegracht, Leiden, Nederland

The abundance of data offers many opportunities for technological innovations and for improved decision making. At the same time, these opportunities also create new challenges and dilemmas related to the way in which data-driven technologies are embedded in our society. For instance, to what extent do we want to make important decisions based on algorithms and data? Do we have a sufficient understanding of the outcomes of complex data-driven analyses? How does data-driven decision making influence human behavior? What are the pros and cons of data-driven decision making as compared to more informal ways of making decisions?

These are key questions in the area of responsible data science. The Leiden University Data Science Research Programme and Centre for Science and Technology Studies organize this symposium in which questions such as these will be explored from different disciplinary viewpoints, ranging from the social sciences and law to the medical sciences and computer science. The aim is to develop a common understanding of the main challenges in responsible data science and to learn from the experiences in different scientific domains.

Keynote speaker

Our keynote speaker is the world famous computer scientist Ricardo Baeza-Yates, who will give a lecture about Bias on the Web, followed by invited talks. See his full bio via this link.

Baeza-Yates: “Our inherent human tendency of favoring one thing or opinion over another is reflected in every aspect of our lives, creating both latent and overt biases toward everything we see, hear, and do. Any remedy for bias must start with awareness that bias exists; for example, most mature societies raise awareness of social bias through affirmative-action programs, and, while awareness alone does not completely alleviate the problem, it helps guide us toward a solution. Bias on the Web reflects both societal and internal biases within ourselves, emerging in subtler ways.”

Ricardo Baeza-Yates areas of expertise are information retrieval, web search and data mining, data science and algorithms. He is currently a Professor at Northeastern University, Silicon Valley campus, since August 2017. He is also CTO of NTENT, a semantic search technology company based in California since June 2016. Before he was among others VP of Research at Yahoo Labs, based in Sunnyvale, California. In 2009, he was named ACM Fellow and in 2011 IEEE Fellow.


March 5, 2019 between 12:30-17:00 hrs.


Langegracht 70
2312NV Leiden

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