Premio ¡Investiga! 2019

Our work on data-driven investigative journalism was awarded the 2nd place of Premio ¡Investiga! 2019, an award for investigative journalism in Colombia.

Data analysis by Benedikt Boecking and I led the courageous reporting of Jessica Villamil, from El Pais de Cali, about the killings of social leaders in the Colombian post-conflict.

You can read the journalistic output here, and the paper describing how data analysis drove the journalistic investigation here.

NAACL Best Thematic Paper

Our paper ‘What’s in a Name? Reducing Bias in Bios without Access to Protected Attributes’ won the Best Thematic Paper award at NAACL 2019!

In previous work, we studied the risks of compounding gender imbalances in occupation classification. We have also proposed algorithms for enumerating biases in word embeddings, and showed that widely used embeddings encode societal biases. Building on both these works, in our NAACL paper we tackle the question ‘how can we mitigate biases without requiring access to protected attributes?’ and explore ways of leveraging societal biases encoded in word embeddings towards this end.

CVPR Workshop for Global Challenges

At CVPR 2019 we are co-organizing the first CVPR Workshop focused on tackling global development challenges. This is part of a broader Computer Vision for Global Challenges (CV4GC) initiative, which aims to bring the computer vision community closer to socially impactful tasks, datasets and applications for the whole world. Learn more about travel grants, call for proposals, and other details here, and sign-up to receive news here.