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January Newsletter

Welcome to the first official newsletter for the year 2024! We’re excited to bring you the latest updates and highlights from the MAMMOth Project, including the remarkable strides we’ve taken in our pursuit of excellence, particularly through the EU-funded project MAMMOth Multi-Attribute, Multimodal Bias Mitigation in AI Systems

AI Fairness Cluster Inaugural Conference Tuesday, 19th March 2024, 09:00 – 18:00 CET

Featuring a network of over 50 European institutions and projects such as AEQUITAS, BIAS, FINDHR, and MAMMOth, the conference will host keynote speakers, panel discussions, and presentations from a diverse group of European researchers.

(know more about the Conference HERE).

Workshop on AI Bias: Measurements, Mitigation, Explanation Strategies

(AIMMES 2024) Wednesday, 20th March 2024, 09:00 – 18:00 CET

AIMMES’24 Workshop is a deep dive into AI biases, including measurements, mitigation, and explanation strategies. This technical workshop aims to foster dialogue and enhance understanding of the challenges and opportunities at the intersection of AI, fairness, and bias. Whether you’re an established scientist or a graduate student, we encourage you to submit your papers for the chance to present your research and insights by the 31st of January 2024 (know more about this submission HERE)

Where: Science Park Congress Center Venue, Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Discover the event agenda and register here before the deadline on 4th March 2024.

MAMMOth researchers participated in the European Conference on Machine Learning and Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases (ECML PKDD 2023) held in Turin, Italy from September 18 to 22, 2023. Recognized as Europe’s premier machine learning and data mining conference, ECML PKDD has a history of over two decades, of hosting successful events and conferences throughout the continent.

Prof. Eirini Ntoutsi (UniBw) and Dr. Symeon Papadopoulos (CERTH) co-organized the 3rd Workshop on Bias and Fairness in AI (co-located with the ECML PKDD 2023), which was conducted on September 22, 2023, in Torino. The workshop received numerous submissions and drew a significant number of attendees, indicating the growing significance of bias and discrimination aspects in AI systems.

Multiple MAMMOth results were presented:

1. Paper entitled: “Studying Bias in Visual Features through the Lens of Optimal Transport” (joint work with NoBIAS project) co-authored by CERTH, UniBw and the University of Tuebingen was presented at the ECML PKDD 2023.

2. Keynote speech by Fariba Karimi (CSH) on “Network Inequalities and Fairness” in the context of the BIAS 2023 workshop.

3. Paper entitled: “Towards Fair Face Verification: An In-depth Analysis of Demographic Biases”, co-authored by CERTH, was presented at the BIAS 2023 workshop.

4. Extended abstract entitled: “FairBench: A Fairness Assessment Framework” authored by CERTH, was presented at the BIAS 2023 workshop.

5. Paper entitled: “Learning impartial policies for sequential counterfactual explanations using Deep Reinforcement Learning” authored by UniBw, was presented at the DynXAI workshop.


Researcher’s Night 2023 

MAMMOth was there at the Researcher’s Night 2023, which was organized by the Centre for Research & Technology Hellas (CERTH), on 29/9/2023 at the Thessaloniki Concert Hall!

Hundreds of people were informed about AI bias and MAMMOth activities, and many little children understood AI bias by playing games and discovering synthetic images!

The RUG also participated in European Researchers’ Night 2023. On the day itself, Dagmar Heeg held a workshop titled ‘Critical Use of ChatGPT’ that shed light on how transformer LLMs like ChatGPT work, and what are the 6 main ethical issues that need immediate attention and consideration. The reach of this event was over 300 participants.

Zpannend Zernike, a city-wide initiative to increase children’s involvement in science, took place the day after Researchers’ Night. The RUG also participated in this with fun, bite-sized activities aimed at a K-12 and under audience. Children were introduced to issues in AI through entertaining, sensory experiences. One such example was looking at images through colored lenses to see ‘how AI sees’ – and understand how AI might miss some members from underrepresented communities. The kids had a great time, and this event reached over 1500 participants in total.

MAMMOth project was presented at the AI on Demand event in Bologna!
The AI-on-Demand Platform: Success Stories and Opportunities for European Industry and Society:

Furthermore, MAMMOth was at EAB-RPC 2023, hosted by the European Association on Biometrics in Darmstadt, Germany! We had the opportunity to inform the research community about the MAMMOth project and our latest research outputs about bias assessment and mitigation, with a strong emphasis on visual data.

We’re thrilled to share with you the first version of our scientific report. Dive into the groundbreaking findings and insights that make up this updated edition.

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In closing, be sure not to miss out on our newest MAMMOth interview, showcasing an insightful conversation with Arjun Roy from Freie Universität Berlin. Stay tuned for more engaging content and updates in our future newsletters.