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July 15, 2020 4:00PM - 5:30PM — Research Methods and Data Science Meetup

AI & Ethics: Bias, Diversity and Ethical Decision Making with AI Systems (Week 6)

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About this Event

Note: This is a 6 week online learning experience that you can purchase by single classes or the full 6 week course. Below you will find the course schedule and topic. You will receive the Zoom access link by email within one week prior to the event.


AI and automated decision making systems are becoming more prominent in our lives and without much oversight, transparency or accountability. Governments, agencies and private companies use them in relation to predictive policing, school admissions, health decisions, welfare or benefit eligibility, immigration, criminal risk, housing, recruitment and credit scoring.

What are the principles that guide AI to make decisions? Can algorithms always make good decisions? How about fair decisions? There are many hidden ethical issues behind the automated decision making system. The program discusses the implications of bias in data science & AI systems, and the importance of ethical decisions in developing and implementing these algorithms.

Course Outline

Week Number and Topic

Week 1: Overview

Week 2: Data Privacy and Power

Week 3: Explainability, Accountability and Trust

Week 4: What kind of harm can biased systems cause? When can you introduce bias into an AI system? What are some of the best practices to avoid it?

Week 5: AI Literate Citizen

Week 6: Disinformation

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain a conceptual understanding of the implications of bias in AI systems and topics within AI ethics discussions
  • Understand the importance of diversity and ethical decisions on the individual and social justice
  • Have an elevated discussion on how to design, use or question the AI-powered systems within an ethical framework
  • Apply these concepts to case studies of biased systems


This program is for those interested in ethical AI, from enthusiasts and advocates to practitioners. No previous knowledge is needed as long as participants are willing to appreciate diversity of perspectives and think critically about impacts of decisions on individuals and society.

Instructional Design

This 6 week program is designed to start with concepts first and then move to actual case studies / real world applications of these concepts.

Attendees will be provided with either short reports / videos for each class. They can read / watch ahead of the class or after the class (in other words materials can be used as either pre/post work).

The live session will allow for discussion of concepts and cases

Class Structure


Classes will take place every Wednesday from June 10th through July 15th

Time: 4pm – 5:30 PM PST

Format: Online through Zoom

Number of Sessions: 6 weeks

Instruction per week: 1.5 hrs

Assignment workload per week: 0.5 hrs

Required Tools: Wifi

Difficulty Level

Beginners: Any student, advocate or enthusiast interested in the intersection of social justice & technology.

Professionals: Practitioners interested in best practices on how to design, use or question the automated decision making systems.

  • Wednesday — July 15, 2020
    4:00PM - 5:30PM
  • Virtual

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Research Methods and Data Science Meetup

This Research Methods and Data Science (RMDS) meetup group is devoted to make big data & AI useful, and to promote big data technologies. It is a meet-up group bringing together people from research methodology, data science, data professional services, AI and computing in the greater Los Angeles area.

The focus of the group is about utilizing big data & AI technologies to improve data analytics & research for social good, and to promote research methods and data science innovation. On a regular base, we run workshops on big data analytics that can be applied to model and visualize open data and other complicated big data sets. Also, we will organize special meetings to discuss special data science projects, as well as data science automation and augmentation.

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Parking is not provided unless otherwise noted in the event description. Near the venue, there should be convenient public parking lots, street parking, or metered spaces nearby.


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July 15, 2020 4:00PM - 5:30PM — Research Methods and Data Science Meetup

AI & Ethics: Bias, Diversity and Ethical Decision Making with AI Systems (Week 6)

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