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Shari Trewin <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 29 May 2019 21:40:12 -0400
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Call for Position papers

Workshop on AI Fairness and People with Disabilities

Workshop at ASSETS 2019
Sunday, October 27, 2019
Pittsburgh, USA

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is increasingly being used in decision-making
that directly impacts people’s lives. Much has been written about the
potential for AI methods to encode, perpetuate, and even amplify
discrimination against marginalized groups in society. Like age, gender,
and race, disability status is a protected characteristic, but there are
some crucial differences between disability groups and other protected
groups. One difference is the extreme diversity of ways disabilities
manifest, and people adapt. Secondly, disability information is highly
sensitive and not always shared, precisely because of the potential for
discrimination; AI systems may often not have explicit information about
disability that can be used to apply established fairness tests and
corrections. Thirdly, some disabilities have relatively low rates of
occurrence, so that  individuals can appear as data outliers rather than
part of a recognizable subgroup.

This workshop will examine AI fairness, accountability, transparency, and
ethics (FATE) for the specific situations of people with disabilities. We
invite researchers, disability advocates, policy makers, and practitioners
to submit position papers on topics including (but not limited to):

      Definitions of fairness and how they apply in the disability space
      Data privacy and control
      Fairness policies
      Measuring fairness for disability groups
      Data collection
      AI methods that support fairness, transparency, and explainability
      for disability use cases
      Methods of handling outlier individuals
      Ways of approaching fairness for disability groups in AI-based
      Bias and discrimination case studies and experience reports

The purpose of this workshop is to develop community across disciplines in
the area of AI FATE as it regards people with disabilities, towards
developing new research directions and collaborations, and strategic action
plans for increasing impact in research, industry, and policy. Immediate
outcomes will be discussed in the workshop, and may include organizing a
submission to, or special issue of, the ACM SIGACCESS Newsletter, or
similar venue.


Interested attendees should submit a short position paper (2-4 pages) using
the ASSETS 2019 paper and poster format.

Please submit your paper (accessible PDF or MS Word) by email with subject
line “AI Fairness Workshop” to: [log in to unmask] Use the ASSETS
2019 guidelines on making your paper accessible, and review guidelines for
writing about accessibility.

Papers will be selected for presentation at the workshop based on their
contribution and the overall balance of perspectives.

Important Dates

Submission of position paper: July 3rd
Notification of acceptance: July 31st
General registration opens: August 15th

Attendees and costs

There is no cost to attend the workshop but places are limited.  Those
selected to present their position papers will automatically be registered
for the workshop. Attendees do not need to register for the ASSETS


Shari Trewin, IBM Accessibility
Meredith Ringel Morris, Microsoft Research
Shiri Azenkot, Cornell Tech
Stacy Branham, University of California, Irvine
Nicole Bleuel, Google
Phill Jenkins, IBM Accessibility
Jeff Bigham, Apple Accessibility+ML Research
Walter S. Lasecki, University of Michigan


IBM Research

More Information

For the latest information, please refer to

Shari Trewin
Accessibility Design Leadership
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
P.O. Box 218, Yorktown, NY  10598

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