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  • ECE Seminar: Sarah H. Cen

    Thu, Mar 07, 2024 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Sarah H. Cen, EECS Dept, MIT

    Talk Title: Paths to AI Accountability

    Abstract: We have begun grappling with difficult questions related to the rise of AI, including: What rights do individuals have in the age of AI? When should we regulate AI and when should we abstain? What degree of transparency is needed to monitor AI systems? These questions are all concerned with AI accountability: determining who owes responsibility and to whom in the age of AI. In this talk, I will discuss the two main components of AI accountability, then illustrate them through a case study on social media. Within the context of social media, I will focus on how social media platforms filter (or curate) the content that users see. I will review several methods for auditing social media, drawing from concepts and tools in hypothesis testing, causal inference, and LLMs.

    Biography: Sarah is a final-year PhD student at MIT in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department advised by Professor Aleksander Madry and Professor Devavrat Shah. Sarah utilizes methods from machine learning, statistical inference, causal inference, and game theory to study responsible computing and AI policy. Previously, she has written about social media, trustworthy algorithms, algorithmic fairness, and more. She is currently interested in AI auditing, AI supply chains, and IP Law x Gen AI.

    Host: Drs. Urbashi Mitra (ubli@usc.edu) and Mahdi Soltanolkotabi (soltanol@usc.edu)

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/97190024349?pwd=a0NTY2J5WjdKQUsvL3BtdTBSNGZTQT09

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 248

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/97190024349?pwd=a0NTY2J5WjdKQUsvL3BtdTBSNGZTQT09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Mayumi Thrasher


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