Intelligence puts a mirror in front of us to show our biases and human
frailties because we train AI using our data from our actions and past
histories. In a world that is not gender-equal, women can see the
biases carried forward by AI easily. Hiring algorithms that prefer men
to facial recognition systems to covid vaccines run by AI are trained
with less of women's data leaving them to false positives from pain to
Dr. Fei Fei Li is known as the creator of ImageNet Open dataset
for images used in Computer Vision and image recognition. She has
pioneered Natural Scene Understanding or story telling with images
which is the foundation of camera based AI from autonomous vehicles to
cameras watching inside the human body to weather and agricultural
drones. Dr. Fei Fei Li founded Ai4All as a summer program for high
school girls to bring AI to girls to get them trained to become
successful AI leaders and researchers.
Image: Dr.Fei Fei Li from TED2015
Fei inspired me from her Ted talk in 2015 where I got my foundation of
computer vision which led me to learn and bring Autonomous Vehicle
courses to my students. I recently found Dr.Fei Fei wa instrumental in
building AutoML while on a sabbatical year at Google. AutoML is the
foundation of NoCode AI, my latest topic I teach.
Prof. Lei Fei
Li's Stanford course CS231n on "Convolutional Neural Networks for
Visual Recognition" has another story that inspired and created a whole
set of deep learning engineers from around the world, and I am inspired
to share about the ones from Nigeria.
2. Tejumade Afonja from Nigeria/Germany
Afonja is a Deep Learning AI Data Scientist. She is a Research
Assistant at CISPA and a Masters student at Universitšt des
Saarlandes. Tejumade co-founded AI Saturdays Lagos in Nigeria and learn
AI by watching and learning with fellow engineers from Nigeria. And she
watched Prof. Lei Fei Li's Stanford course CS231n on
"Convolutional Neural Networks for Visual Recognition" to learn CNN.
Tejumade found that google search for food or bridges did not include
African food and began with a dataset for African food crowdsourced
similar to how Dr.Fei Fei Li did to collect images to build ImageNet
Dataset. Tejumade has expanded from there to build robots
to research "Proceedings of the NeurIPS 2020 Workshop on Machine
Learning for the Developing World: Improving Resilience"
Image: Tejumade Afonja of AI Saturdays
3. Joy Buolomwini from Boston
Joy is a force out to change bias in AI focused on Facial Recognition system with her thesis paper Gender Shades f
Coded Bias on Netflix to get a glimpse of Joy's journey from MIT Phd
student to Algorithmic Justice League leader making Facial Recognition
work to getting the United States Congress to stop faulty algorithms to
be biased against black women to be deployed by US Government agencies.
4. Malka N. Halgamuge from Australia
can trust IoT devices and AI only when they are security. Enter Malka
Halgamuge from Melborne. She teaches Secure Programming" to the Masters
students at La Trobe University in Australia.
She is a
researcher on a wide range of topics from Blockchain, IoT Edge Security
and impact on microwave radiation to bring technology to agriculture .
Here is her Google Scholar.
5. Dr. Tahereh Saheb from Iran
6. Susanna Raj from San Jose, US
7. Yashaswini Viswanath from Bangalore India
is an AI Research coming from an engineering background who is
passionate about Responsible AI. She presented "Fairness Analysis
and Bias Mitigation in a Responsible AI ecosystem driving AI Ethics in
an AIoT environment" at IoTSlam and I am lucky to have published
inclusive AI papers with her.
8. Kristine Kalnina from Barcelona
Kalnina self-taught herself Machine Learning using Azure's NoCode AI
Platform. She is a UX Researcher who built a GPT-3 Conversation AI
brainstorming partner for meetings. Follow Kristine
to see how she shapes human computer design and AIX design.
am inspired by these amazing women and have begin publishing my work as
research instead of books or courses focusing on AIX Design and
Inclusive AI in Autonomous Vehicles. I hope you will join us to share
these amazing women shaping the world of AI and build upon on our or
reach out to me to collaborate.
T., Klemmer, K., Salama, A., Rodriguez Diaz, P., Kalavakonda, N., and
Azeez, O., “Proceedings of the NeurIPS 2020 Workshop on Machine
Learning for the Developing World: Improving Resilience”,
<i>arXiv e-prints</i>, 2021.
R., Wirasagoda, H. & Halgamuge, M. (2019). Adoption of the Internet
of Things (IoT) in Agriculture and Smart Farming towards Urban
Greening: A Review. International Journal of Advanced Computer Science
and Applications, 10 (4), pp.11-28. https://doi.org/10.14569/IJACSA.2019.0100402.