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Abeba Birhane

Ethiopian Cognitive Scientist; Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning Expert

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 Abeba Birhane Biography

Abeba Birhane is an Ethiopian-born cognitive scientist who works at the intersection of complex adaptive systems, machine learning, algorithmic bias, and critical race studies. Birhane's groundbreaking work with Vinay Prabhu uncovered that large-scale image datasets commonly used to develop AI systems, including ImageNet and 80 Million Tiny Images, carried racist and misogynistic labels and offensive images. She has been recognized by VentureBeat as a top innovator in computer vision.

Birhane has extensively studied the impacts of emerging AI technologies and how they shape individuals and local communities. She found that AI algorithms tend to disproportionately impact vulnerable groups such as older workers, trans people, immigrants, and children. Her research on relational ethics won the best paper award at NeurIPS’s Black in AI workshop in 2019. She has also studied and written at length about algorithmic colonization. Her work in decolonizing computational sciences addressed the inherited oppressions in current systems especially towards women of color.

In 2020, Birhane and Vinay Prabhu, principal machine learning scientist at UnifyID, published a groundbreaking paper examining the problematic data collection, labelling, classification, and consequences of large image datasets. These datasets, including ImageNet and MIT's 80 Million Tiny Images, have been cited well over thousands of times to develop AI algorithms and systems. Birhane and Prabhu found that they contained many racist and misogynistic labels and slurs as well as offensive images. This resulted in MIT voluntarily and formally taking down the 80 Million Tiny Images dataset.

More recently, Birhane has worked with Rediet Abebe, George Obaido, and Sekou Remy on researching the barriers to data sharing in Africa. They found that power imbalances are significant in the data sharing process, even when the data comes from Africa. Their research was published at the ACM Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency.

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Abeba Birhane Biography

Abeba Birhane is an Ethiopian-born cognitive scientist who works at the intersection of complex adaptive systems, machine learning, algorithmic bias, and critical race studies. Birhane's groundbreaking work with Vinay Prabhu uncovered that large-scale image datasets commonly used to develop AI systems, including ImageNet and 80 Million Tiny Images, carried racist and misogynistic labels and offensive images. She has been recognized by VentureBeat as a top innovator in computer vision.

Birhane has extensively studied the impacts of emerging AI technologies and how they shape individuals and local communities. She found that AI algorithms tend to disproportionately impact vulnerable groups such as older workers, trans people, immigrants, and children. Her research on relational ethics won the best paper award at NeurIPS’s Black in AI workshop in 2019. She has also studied and written at length about algorithmic colonization. Her work in decolonizing computational sciences addressed the inherited oppressions in current systems especially towards women of color.

In 2020, Birhane and Vinay Prabhu, principal machine learning scientist at UnifyID, published a groundbreaking paper examining the problematic data collection, labelling, classification, and consequences of large image datasets. These datasets, including ImageNet and MIT's 80 Million Tiny Images, have been cited well over thousands of times to develop AI algorithms and systems. Birhane and Prabhu found that they contained many racist and misogynistic labels and slurs as well as offensive images. This resulted in MIT voluntarily and formally taking down the 80 Million Tiny Images dataset.

More recently, Birhane has worked with Rediet Abebe, George Obaido, and Sekou Remy on researching the barriers to data sharing in Africa. They found that power imbalances are significant in the data sharing process, even when the data comes from Africa. Their research was published at the ACM Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency.

Abeba Birhane Videos

  • Robot Rights? Exploring Algorithmic Colonization with Abeba Birhane
    Should we grant robots rights? What is moral relationality and how can it be useful for designing machine learning algorithms? What is the...
  • Algorithmic Injustices and Relational Ethics with Abeba Birhane
    Today we’re joined by Abeba Birhane, PhD Student at University College Dublin and author of the recent paper Algorithmic Injustices: Towards a...
  • Abeba Birhane - In defence of uncertainty | Code Mesh LDN 19
    This video was recorded at Code Mesh LDN 19 - http://bit.ly/37xc3Nr​ Get involved in Code Sync's next conference -...

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  • How to book Abeba Birhane?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Abeba Birhane for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Abeba Birhane, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Abeba Birhane or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Abeba Birhane?

    Booking fees for Abeba Birhane, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Abeba Birhane, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Abeba Birhane?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Abeba Birhane for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Abeba Birhane for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Abeba Birhane or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Abeba Birhane or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Abeba Birhane is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Abeba Birhane for your event is available upon request. Abeba Birhane generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Meredith Whittaker, Rachel Thomas, Vinay Prabhu, Flynn Coleman and Erika Cheung. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Abeba Birhane for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Abeba Birhane Speaker Videos

  • Robot Rights? Exploring Algorithmic Colonization with Abeba Birhane
    Should we grant robots rights? What is moral relationality and how can it be useful for designing machine learning algorithms? What is the algorithmic colonization of Africa and why is it harmful? To...
    Algorithmic Injustices and Relational Ethics with Abeba Birhane
    Today we’re joined by Abeba Birhane, PhD Student at University College Dublin and author of the recent paper Algorithmic Injustices: Towards a Relational Ethics. We caught up with Abeba, whose...
  • Abeba Birhane - In defence of uncertainty | Code Mesh LDN 19
    This video was recorded at Code Mesh LDN 19 - http://bit.ly/37xc3Nr​ Get involved in Code Sync's next conference - http://bit.ly/2Mcm4aS​ --- IN DEFENCE OF UNCERTAINTY by Abeba...

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