14–17 Oct 2019

A practical guide toward algorithmic bias and explainability in machine learning

Alejandro Saucedo (The Institute for Ethical AI & Machine Learning)
14:3515:15 Thursday, 17 October 2019
Location: Blenheim Room - Palace Suite
Average rating: ****.
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Who is this presentation for?

  • Data scientists, software engineers, data engineers, product managers, technical leads, and engineering managers




The concepts of “undesired bias” and “black box models” in machine learning have become a highly discussed topic due to the numerous high profile incidents that have been covered by the media. It’s certainly a challenging topic, as it could even be said that the concept of societal bias is inherently biased in itself, depending on an individual’s (or group’s) perspective.

Alejandro Saucedo doesn’t reinvent the wheel; he simplifies the issue of AI explainability so it can be solved using traditional methods. He covers the high-level definitions of bias in machine learning to remove ambiguity and demystifies it through a hands-on example, in which the objective is to automate the loan-approval process for a company using machine learning, which allows you to go through this challenge step by step and use key tools and techniques from the latest research together with domain expert knowledge at the right points to enable you to explain decisions and mitigate undesired bias in machine learning models.

Alejandro breaks undesired bias down into two constituent parts: a priori societal bias and a posteriori statistical bias, with tangible examples of how undesired bias is introduced in each step, and you’ll learn some very interesting research findings in this topic. Spoiler alert: Alejandro takes a pragmatic approach, showing how any nontrivial system will always have an inherent bias, so the objective is not to remove bias, but to make sure you can get as close as possible to your objectives and make sure your objectives are as close as possible to the ideal solution.

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Experience with a machine learning project (prototype or production)

What you'll learn

  • Gain an overview of the concept of bias in machine learning
  • Be able to assess, identify, and mitigate risks that arise from the unavoidable bias present
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Alejandro Saucedo

The Institute for Ethical AI & Machine Learning

Alejandro Saucedo is chairman at the Institute for Ethical AI & Machine Learning. In his more than 10 years of software development experience, Alejandro has held technical leadership positions across hypergrowth scale-ups and tech giants including Eigen Technologies, Bloomberg LP, and Hack Partners. Alejandro has a strong track record of building multiple departments of machine learning engineers from scratch and leading the delivery of numerous large-scale machine learning systems across the financial, insurance, legal, transport, manufacturing, and construction sectors in Europe, the US, and Latin America.

  • Intel AI
  • O'Reilly
  • Amazon Web Services
  • IBM Watson
  • Dell Technologies
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • AXA

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