The School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering (SICE) CS Colloquium Series - Distinguished Speaker Series
Speaker: Sampath Kannan, Henry Salvatori Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Science, Penn Engineering
Where: Luddy Hall, Rm. 1106 (Dorsey Learning Hall)
When: Friday, November 9, 2018, 3:00 pm
Topic: Fairness in Algorithmic Decision Making
Abstract: In this talk we survey some formulations of fairness requirements for decision making under uncertainty. We then discuss results from 3 recent papers:
1) Treating individuals fairly is not in conflict with long-term scientific learning goals if the population is sufficiently diverse.
2) When there is a pipeline of decisions, end-to-end fairness is impossible to achieve even in a very simple model.
3) Exploiting the knowledge acquired by others can unfairly advantage the free rider.
These papers are joint work with a number of co-authors:
Christopher Jung, Neil Lutz, Jamie Morgenstern, Aaron Roth, Bo Waggoner, Steven Wu, and Juba Ziani
Brief Bio: Sampath Kannan is the Henry Salvatori Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, his Masters from Princeton University, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989. His research interests are in the areas of Program Reliability, Streaming Computation, Computational Biology, and Algorithmic Game Theory and Fairness. He is the author of over 150 papers, a few of which have been selected as best papers in the conferences in which they appeared.
Sampath Kannan served as Associate Dean for Academics in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Penn between 2006 and 2008 and as Division Director for the Computing and Communication Foundations Division at NSF from 2008 to 2010. He served as Associate Director for Theoretical Computer Science at the Simons Foundation from 2010 to 2013. He was also Chair of Penn’s CIS Department from 2013 to 2017. He is a Fellow of the ACM and the recipient of the ACM SIGACT Distinguished Service Award. He is also the recipient of the Ford Motor Company “Best Advisor” award at Penn. He currently serves on the advisory board of DIMACS and on CRA’s CCC Council.