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Algorithmic fairness: at the intersections

Golnoosh Farnadi · Q.Vera Liao · Elliot Creager



As machine learning models permeate every aspect of decision making systems in consequential areas such as healthcare, banking, hiring and education, it has become critical for these models to satisfy trustworthiness desiderata such as fairness, privacy, robustness and interpretability. Initially studied in isolation, recent work has emerged at the intersection of these different fields of research, leading to interesting questions on how fairness can be achieved under privacy, interpretability and robustness constraints. Given the interesting questions that emerge at the intersection of these different fields, this tutorial aims to investigate how these different topics relate, and how they can augment each other to provide better or more suited definitions and mitigation strategies for algorithmic fairness. We are particularly interested in addressing open questions in the field, such as: how algorithmic fairness is compatible with privacy constraints? What are the trade-offs when we consider algorithmic fairness at the intersection of robustness? Can we develop fair and explainable models? We will also articulate some limitations of technical approaches to algorithmic fairness, and discuss critiques that are coming from outside of computer science.

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