Indie Days06.03.2020

Session: Gender Biases and Discrimination in AI

Fr., 24. April 2020
14.00 - 15.00
Herbrand's Rondell @
c/o pop Convention
Language: English

Many important decisions in society are now being made by algorithms. With none of these algorithms we know any details about their decision making process. Who has programmed and trained these algorithms with which intent or purpose? Potential ethical risks and issues need to be identified during the design of AI algorithms to ensure that the most  vulnerable in societies are protected from harm. We want to take a closer look to see if there are undesirable consequences of the current process.


Mag. DI Dr. Christine Bauer (Senior Postdoc Researcher, Johannes Kepler University Linz, AT)

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Christine Bauer is a researcher at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria. Her research activities center on intelligent systems with the vision to benefit humans and society. Currently, she focuses on music recommender systems. She holds a Doctoral degree in Social and Economic Sciences, a Master degree in Business Informatics, and a Diploma degree in International Business Administration. Furthermore, she pursued studies in jazz saxophone. She has authored more than 85 publications. Before starting her academic career, she worked at Austria’s collecting society AKM.

Dr. rer. nat. Stephan Baumann (Senior Researcher, Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH, GER)

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Stephan Baumann, Music and AI researcher, works in Berlin and Kaiserslautern at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence. He wrote his dissertation on Artificial Listening Systems at DFKI and IRCAM / Paris. In parallel, he founded the sonicson GmbH in 2001, a spinoff for music recommendation machines. From 2009-2018 he was a guest lecturer at the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg for the main topic of recommendation systems. His current research interests are in the field of AI & creativity, deep learning.

Rachel Falconer (Head of Goldsmiths Digital Studios, Goldsmiths University of London, UK)

Rachel Falconer is Head of Goldsmiths Digital Studios – an inter-disciplinary commercial studio of creative technologists offering rapid prototyping and innovation solutions using emergent technology to the creative industries. Acting as an industry testbed, the studio bridges the gap between core academic research and industry innovation. She is also a digital art curator, lecturer, and writer. Her curating and research practice explores how emergent technologies such as Blockchain, AI, Machine Learning, gaming environments and XR affect creative processes, social behavior and ethical boundaries.


Ronny Krieger (VUT Board member, GER)

For the last 25 years Ronny Krieger has worked in almost all areas of the music business as an artist, DJ and producer, PR agent and artist management. Ronny worked in distribution, in a record store and managed a download shop (VP & CPO of Beatport). Since 2010 he is a consultant for FatDrop, DJBroadcast, Shutterstock, Digital Imported, Skoove, LANDR, Native Instruments, Patreon, MOD Devices and others. In addition to his VUT honorary position, he has recently become a member of the "Digitalization and KI" expert committee of the German Cultural Council.

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