‘Machines that we interact with have power over us,’ says UT researcher Cristina Zaga. ‘Just think of facial recognition systems that have troubles recognizing dark-skinned faces, the inherent bias it has. That is why we need technology that represents the entire population.’ The scientist is leading project DEI4EmbodiedAI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Embodied Artificial Intelligence), which is officially kicking off today.
Cristina Zaga is one of the scholars handpicked for the prestigious Google Women Techmakers Program. The PhD candidate from the UT’s Human Media Interaction (HMI) group has been awarded an academic scholarship and will join the class of 2018 at the Google Headquarters in London this August.