The Ethics of Data Science Conference organised by the Centre for Translational Data Science (CTDS) at the University of Sydney provided an unprecedented opportunity in Australia for students, academics and practitioners to exchange views on the ethics of data science. The high calibre keynotes and paper presentations raised fundamental questions and highlighted principles for ethical data science including purpose, diversity, fairness, transparency, accountability, and bias. Developers and practitioners must continuously reflect on these issues while they are designing, implementing and deploying the data science systems that will ultimately affect society. The workshop series identified critical areas of development within domains such as human rights, criminal justice, health and business.
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"The conference was a highly stimulating event for all involved, and we have received incredibly positive feedback that shows just how vibrant and relevant ethics in data science is across a broad range of realms. Planning for March 2020 has already begun," says Dr Roman Marchant Matus, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Centre for Translational Data Science.
The University is planning to run this conference again next year. Complete the form below to register your interest and provide feedback on topics and conference themes you would be interested in hearing about in 2020.
Chief Data Scientist at QuantumBlack Australia
Nicolas is an Associate Partner at McKinsey, and Chief Data Scientist for QuantumBlack Australia. He advises organisations on starting or progressing along their analytics journeys.
CEO of the United States Studies Centre
Simon's teaching and research centres on public opinion, election campaigns, political participation, and electoral systems. He is known for his work on poll averaging and predicting election outcomes.
Head, School of Philosophy. Project Lead, Humanising Machine Intelligence Grand Challenge, ANU
Seth has published widely on the ethics of war, moral decision-making under risk and uncertainty, and other topics in moral and political philosophy. He has written one monograph, Sparing Civilians, and has another under contract, Duty under Doubt, with Oxford University Press. He also edited the Oxford Handbook of Ethics of War.
Associate Professor of Technology Law & Policy, UWA
Julia joined UWA in January 2019, after more than a decade in Europe and the US. Her research focuses on civic and rights-based responses to emerging technologies. She is an expert in privacy, intellectual property, internet governance, and the law and politics of data, automation, and artificial intelligence.
Scientia Professor of artificial intelligence at UNSW
Toby is a leading researcher in Artificial Intelligence. He leads the Algorithmic Decision Theory group at Data61, Australia's Centre of Excellence for ICT Research, and is guest professor at TU Berlin.
Head of Data Science, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Dan Jermyn is an experienced leader in both technology and data science, with an established record of building award-winning, global teams in digital, big data and customer decisioning. Dan joined the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in 2017, where he has responsibility for delivering great customer experiences and innovative new solutions through data science.
Fellow, The Ethics Centre
Dr Matthew Beard is a husband, dad and a moral philosopher with an academic background in applied and military ethics. He is a Fellow at The Ethics Centre and co-author of Ethical By Design: Principles for Good Technology. Recently, Matt’s focus on ethics and technology has seen him engage and collaborate with organisations such as Salesforce, Atlassian, the NSW Government and the Australian Human Rights Council. In 2016, Matt won the Australasian Association of Philosophy prize for media engagement, recognising his “prolific contribution to public philosophy”.
Garvan Institute’s Chief of Informatics
Warren Kaplan founded and leads Garvan’s Data Intensive Computer Engineering (DICE) group, that designed and built Garvan’s High Performance Computing, Cloud and Big Data infrastructure.
Human Rights Commissioner
Edward Santow has been Human Rights Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission since August 2016. He is currently leading the Commission’s work on detention and implementing the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT); refugees and migration; human rights issues affecting LGBTI people; counter-terrorism and national security; technology and human rights; freedom of expression; and freedom of religion.
Attorney (Australia and New Zealand) Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs, Microsoft
Ben is a commercial attorney supporting Microsoft ANZ. In particular he supports the teams engaged in licensing cloud products and digital transformation solutions to large enterprise and public sector customers, and Microsoft’s consulting services business. He is currently Microsoft’s ANZ’s legal lead for the Health and Retail industries. Ben was shortlisted as the Australasian Young In-house Lawyer of the Year at the 2018 Australasian Law Awards.
Chief Scientist, Gradient Institute
Tiberio is a machine learning researcher and academic, having published extensively at the top academic conferences and journals in the field, as well as graduated numerous Ph.D. students. He is a data science leader and founder and has led the development of AI systems driving automated decisions impacting millions of people. He is also an adjunct professor at UNSW.
Director Statewide Operations, Juvenile Justice, Department of Justice NSW
Steve began working in the Justice portfolio in 1992 as a Prison Officer in the United Kingdom. He progressed to various portfolios in England, leaving in 2011 as a Governor grade. He travelled to Australia to work in the private sector managing detention centres before taking an executive position focusing on the welfare of detainees. Steve moved back into Government in Western Australia as the Assistant Commissioner for the Department of Corrections before taking up the role as the Director for Statewide Operations in Juvenile Justice NSW in July 2017 where he currently remains.
Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer, Centre for Translational Data Science, Faculty of Engineering and IT, Sydney Institute of Criminology, Sydney Law School
Roman has considerable knowledge in Machine Learning and Bayesian Statistics. This allows him to gather useful insights from large quantities of data or to create autonomous systems that learn and take decisions using fully probabilistic models that quantify uncertainty in outcomes of unknown processes .
Executive Director, Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering , the University of Sydney
Ashley has broad experience in engineering, R&D, and international business in the US, UK and China. Ashley is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and a lawyer of the Supreme Court of NSW.
Professor of Law, The University of Sydney Law School
Kimberlee is a Professor of Law and Associate Dean (Research) at the University of Sydney Law School. Her interdisciplinary research agenda spans intellectual property, digital rights including privacy and the regulation of technology more broadly. She is a member of the Law Council of Australia’s IP Subcommittee as well as the Australian Computer Society's AI and Ethics Committee.
Director, NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research
Jackie's work has focussed on government priorities to reducing domestic violence and reoffending, the increasing NSW prison population, the intractable issue of Aboriginal over-representation, oversight of the development of a criminal justice simulation model to model the impact of policy reforms and improving external access to criminal justice data and impactful data visualisations.
Head of Government and Industry Relations, Challenger Limited
Challenger Limited is an ASX-listed investment management firm managing around $81 billion in assets and focussed on providing customers with financial security for retirement. Prior to joining Challenger, Carla was Senior Policy Manager for Investment and Global Markets at the Financial Services Council.
Chair of Standards Committee IT-043 on Artificial Intelligence
Aurelie is the chair be of the new Australian national committee that mirrors the international standard on Artificial Intelligence (AI ISO). Her committee not only mirrors the work of the AI ISO in Australia, but also represents Australia at the AI ISO. She is also the founder of ‘Ethics for AI and Automated Decision Making (Ethics for AI)’, a professional working group, that will soon incorporate as a not for profit organisation. The aim of Ethics for AI, is to help define what ethical frameworks should be required for AI to automate decision making processes.
Director, Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation and Professor, Faculty of Law, UNSW Sydney
Lyria's research explores issues around the relationship between technology and law, including the types of legal issues that arise as technology changes, how these issues are addressed in Australia and other jurisdictions, the application of standard legal categories such as property in new socio-technical contexts, the use of technologically-specific and sui generis legal rules, and the problems of treating “technology” as an object of regulation.
Sydney based data and technology business lawyer
As principal of Data Synergies, many of his clients are data analytics services providers and business developing and implementing data driven projects and AI applications. Peter is also a Professor of Practice (Information Systems and Business Law) in the University of New South Wales Business School. Peter chairs the Australian IoT (Internet of Things) Alliance’s Data Access and Use workstream, the Law Society of New South Wales Privacy and Data Law Committee and the Australian Computer Society’s Artificial Intelligence and Ethics Technical Committee.
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A total of 10 travel support scholarships of US$1000 each will be provided to higher degree research students and early-career researchers who provide the best accepted papers according to the selection committee.
Algorithms powered by AI are increasingly being used in the justice space across the world. In the US, algorithms determine the dispatch locations of patrolling units, known as predictive policing resource allocation. There are companies that provide black box algorithms for risk scores of reoffending, which in turn inform parole decisions. Up to what extent are the use of this techniques in the criminal justice useful and how can we make sure that these are fair and accountable?
e-B2C, Electronic business-to-consumer data, ethics and algorithms
This workshop will examine scenarios in banking, finance and insurance where large companies and SMEs interface directly to consumers.
Chair: Ashley Brinson, Chief Executive Officer, The Warren Centre
Human Rights and AI
There is a growing concern on how the use of technology is affecting human rights. Particularly, algorithms and AI if used incorrectly can have a serious impact on the fundamental rights of humans, such as the right to equality and non-discrimination. If one of the most popular machine learning algorithms is a “classifier” that classifies individuals into different categories depending on their characteristics, that is basically discrimination, but when is this for good or bad in a Human Rights context? Human rights around privacy are also potentially affected by the use of personal data for decision making in government and large corporations.
Health, Genomics, Family Care and Patient Privacy
Medical science is on the threshold of massive learning based on information held within health data. Personalised medicine offers unique treatment possibilities. In 2017, Craig Venter demonstrated remarkably accurate facial image predictions from genomic data, and consumer genomics company 23andme in March 2019 launched a low cost saliva test to predict genetic predisposition to type 2 diabetes. The collection, analysis and learning from personal health data is expanding rapidly. The Australian Digital Health Agency’s My Health Record is now live, but last year, one quarter of the digital health records in Singapore were accessed in a cyber security hack. This workshop examines the issues swirling around ethics in data science within the context of health, genomics and patient privacy.
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