CS Class of '60s Colloquium - Cynthia Dwork, Harvard

Friday, April 26

2:35pm Wege Auditorium (TCL 123)

*CS Colloquium Credit for attendance*

Groups, Individuals, Indistinguishability, and Loss: 15 years of Algorithmic Fairness in Under and Hour

Launched nearly fifteen years ago, the flourishing study of the theory of algorithmic fairness draws on cryptography, privacy, the philosophy of probability, machine learning, and complexity theory. In the spirit of the famous View of the World from 9th  Avenue cartoon, we will map the area and describe one route through the terrain.

Cynthia Dwork, Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science at Harvard, and Affiliated Faculty at Harvard Law School and Department of Statistics, is renowned for placing privacy-preserving data analysis on a mathematically rigorous foundation.  She has also made seminal contributions in cryptography and distributed computing, and she spearheaded the investigation of the theory of algorithmic fairness, her current focus.  Dwork is the recipient of numerous awards including the IEEE Hamming Medal, the RSA award for Excellence in Mathematics, the Dijkstra, G”{o}del, and Knuth Prizes, and the ACM Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award.  Dwork is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and the US National Academy of Engineering, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.