Just Films - Coded Bias

Wednesday, September 8, 2021
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Beckwith Auditorium, Buhl Hall

• 5:30PM Reception
• 6:30PM Film Screening - followed by Panel Discussion with Q&A
• This event is free and open to the public.

Film Synopsis:

Modern society sits at the intersection of two crucial questions: What does it mean when artificial intelligence increasingly governs our liberties? And what are the consequences for the people AI is biased against?

When MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that many facial recognition technologies do not accurately detect darker-skinned faces or classify the faces of women, she delves into an investigation of widespread bias in algorithms. As it turns out, artificial intelligence is not neutral, and women are leading the charge to ensure our civil rights are protected.


Sarah Fox is an Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University in the Human Computer Interaction Institute, where she directs the Tech Solidarity Lab. Her research focuses on how technological artifacts challenge or propagate social exclusions by examining existing systems and building alternatives. Her work has earned awards in leading computing venues including ACM CSCW, CHI, and DIS, and has been featured in Design Issues, the Journal of Peer Production, and New Media and Society. Prior to CMU, she was a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Communication and the Design Lab at the University of California, San Diego. She holds a Ph.D. in Human Centered Design & Engineering from the University of Washington and has worked in design research at Microsoft Research, Google, and Intel Labs.

Motahhare Eslami is an assistant professor at the School of Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII), and Institute for Software Research (ISR), at Carnegie Mellon University. She earned her Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Motahhare’s research develops new communication techniques between users and opaque algorithmic socio-technical systems to provide users a more informed, satisfying, and engaging interaction. Her work has been recognized with a Google Ph.D. Fellowship, Best Paper Award at ACM CHI, and has been covered in mainstream media such as Time, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, the BBC, Fortune, and Quartz. Motahhare’s research is supported by NSF, Amazon, Facebook, and Cisco.

Tara Matthews is an Application Specialist at Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Department of Analytics, Technology and Planning where she works in project management, data analysis, user experience and human centered design. Previously, she worked as a Senior Digital Services Analyst at the City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Innovation & Performance, where she co-managed the City’s Open Data program and served as the programming chair for the Inclusive Innovation Summit.

Tara received her MPA in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and her BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh. She is also a recipient of Pittsburgh Magazine’s 40 Under 40 award. Her spare time is spent tending to her plants, supporting her favorite sports teams, power lifting, spending time with her cats and planning her next SCUBA diving adventure.


Satvika Neti recently started a new job as a Data Science Developer at the Center for Policing Equity. Prior to that, she worked with the Women and Girls Foundation, where she organized Femisphere Codeswitch - a hackathon where coders and moms came together to build technology solutions for single moms in poverty in Pittsburgh. She's been recognized as a TEDx speaker, a Governor's AAPI Commission honoree, and a Sprout Fund Legacy grantee. Satvika graduated from CMU with a BS in 2016 and with a Masters in Public Policy and Data Analytics in May of this year.


Fee : Free

Registration has closed. Please contact Melody Harris at m.harris@chatham.edu for additional information.


Beckwith Auditorium, Buhl Hall


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Parking is free in the Library Parking Lot which you can only enter off of Murray Hill Avenue (not to be confused with Murray Avenue).

Murray Hill Avenue can be reached from both Wilkins and Fifth Avenue and is a cobblestone street. From Fifth Ave, it is located between Maryland Ave and S. Negley Ave. From Wilkins, it is located between Murray Ave and S. Negley Ave.

Contact Information

Melody Harris