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With Cynthia Bennett (Sr Research Scientist, Google's People + AI Research Group), Shari Trewin (Engg Mgr, Google).
Tue, Feb 07, 2023 @ 07:30 PM   FREE   3 World Trade Center, 175 Greenwich St

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Artificial intelligence (AI) techniques have the power to change the experience of living with a disability. For example, image analysis can generate descriptions of places & images a person can't see, & speech recognition helps many people to communicate, learn, or control their environment.

However, bias embedded into AI systems, when unchecked, can cause harm, often to people already excluded from technology development processes. For example, when someone's voice is not recognized, they cannot take advantage of the accessibility provided by speech recognition systems like smart speakers & dictation software. In this talk, Drs. Cynthia Bennett & Shari Trewin will go over contemporary concerns at the intersection of AI bias, accessibility, & disability, & share recent research & industry efforts toward inclusive innovation with AI.

Attendees will learn about:

Applications of AI in accessibility.
The landscape of AI bias, accessibility, & disability: several scholars have enumerated & categorized concerns that accessibility professionals can use as guidance when considering what they should think about when working at this intersection.
Knowledge of recent research on AI innovation, case studies, & cross-industry & academic efforts working on ethical AI & accessibility.
Resources for accessibility professionals growing their knowledge in AI ethics.
And there will be time for your questions.

We're meeting in Asana. This event will be online & in-person.

Presenter bios
Dr. Cynthia (Cindy) Bennett is a Senior Research Scientist in Google's Responsible AI & Human-Centered Technology organization. Her research concerns the intersection of AI ethics & disability. For example, her 2021 research publications examined how AI misrepresentation impacts people who are minoritized based on their disabilities, gender, and/or race & how their lived experiences can inform the domains of image descriptions (alt text) & delivery robots moving through pedestrian spaces.

Her work has received grant funding from Microsoft Research & the National Science Foundation, & eight of her peer-reviewed publications have received awards. Cindy is a disabled woman scholar working in the tech & academic sectors, & she regularly volunteers to continue raising the participation of people systemically excluded from STEM. Cindy is a Brooklyn resident who enjoys building her tactile art collection, listening to jazz music, & talking, perhaps endlessly, about geography. Follow her on Twitter @clb5590.

Dr. Shari Trewin is an Engineering Manager at Google, leading a team that develops new assistive technologies & features. Her background is in research, with 21 patents & 70 peer-reviewed articles including AI fairness, accessibility tools for designers & developers, web accessibility, access to virtual worlds, & self-adaptive input devices.

Shari is a Distinguished Scientist of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), where she has chaired the ACM Special Interest Group on Accessible Computing (SIGACCESS), sat on ACM's Diversity & Inclusion Council, & helped develop ACM's accessibility guidance for authors & conference organizers. Outside of work, she enjoys volunteering at a therapeutic riding center; finding new ways to reduce, reuse & recycle; hiking; camping; & anything that involves rocks.

The presentation will have captions [CC].

Provided by Internet Society Accessibility SIG.

Link: [coming soon]

All A11yNYC meetups are pre-approved for IAAP Continuing Accessibility Education Credits (CAEC).

Thanks to Asana, Evinced, Equal Entry, Fable, & Google for sponsoring.
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