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Ethical AI: What does it mean, how can we do it, and why should we care?

November 29, 2023 at 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Location:5345 Herzberg Laboratories

Carleton University Institute for Data Science (CUIDS)

Distinguished Speaker Series

Ethical AI: What does it mean, how can we do it, and why should we care?

Every day brings exciting new advancements in Artificial Intelligence (AI), and yet questions remain about whether these technologies have the ability to make the right moral choices — and who gets to decide what the “right” choice is, anyway? In this talk, I will define eight key pillars of Ethical AI, as established by Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society: privacy, accountability, safety, transparency, fairness, human control of technology, professional responsibility, and the promotion of human values. I will illustrate each theme with real-world examples of the harms that result when these pillars are overlooked — and ways that we can avoid these harms to build a better, safer, and more equitable society with AI technology.


Dr. Kathleen Fraser is a computer scientist in the Digital Technologies Research Centre at the National Research Council Canada. Her research focuses on natural language processing (NLP), particularly examining the social biases that end up encoded in artificial intelligence systems. She also has a research interest in NLP for healthcare, specifically the automated analysis of speech and language in conditions such as dementia, aphasia, and post-COVID condition (“long COVID”). Dr. Fraser received her PhD in computer science from the University of Toronto in 2016, and subsequently completed a post-doc at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. She was named an MIT Rising Star in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 2015, and was awarded the Governor General’s Gold Academic Medal in 2017. She has been a research officer at the National Research Council since 2018, where she was awarded the Digital Technologies “Research Excellence” Award in 2022. She also holds a position as an adjunct research professor at Carleton University in the School of Computer Science.

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Koon-Ho Alan TsangAssistant Professor at the School of Computer Science at Carleton University

Location & TimeHP 5345 – Carleton UniversityWednesday, November 29th, 2023, 12:30-13:30A recording of this session will be published here.Add to your CalendarLight refreshments will be provided.Please RSVP below to help us prepare for the event.


Carleton University – School of Computer Science – Institute of Data Science