Quantifying biases in science

Roberta Sinatra, IT University of Copenhagen

  • 22.9.2021, 13:00 - 14:00

The Department of Computer Science at RU invites you to an online lecture by Roberta Sinatra, Associate Professor at IT University of Copenhagen, September 22 at 13:00. Click here to join the event.  

Every day our life is made easier by efficient measures and algorithms that search and rank scientific information. Yet, these algorithms have an issue: they are trained on citations, which are ingrained with human biases. Therefore the output is inherently biased too, creating inequalities, raising concerns of discrimination, even harming economic growth. Sinatra will present research focusing on quantifying bias in publication data. The overarching goal of this research is to uncover the mathematical bias mechanisms that, given the same quality, drive different citation trajectories, and use them to create fair algorithms.

Roberta Sinatra is Associate Professor at IT University of Copenhagen, and holds visiting positions at ISI (Italy) and Complexity Science Hub (Austria). Her research is at the forefront of network science, data science, and computational social science. Roberta completed her studies in Physics at the University of Catania, Italy, and was first a postdoctoral fellow, then a research faculty at Northeastern University (Boston, USA). Her research has been published in general audience journals such as Nature and Science, and has been featured in The New York Times and The Economist, among other major media outlets. Her research has been awarded the Complex Systems Society Junior prize, the DPG Young Scientist Award for Socio- and Econophysics, and a Villum Young Investigator grant.

Roberta is a rising star in Network Science. Her research work has appeared in Nature and Science, and has been featured in The New York Times and The Economist, among other major media outlets. Her research has been awarded the Complex Systems Society Junior prize, the DPG Young Scientist Award for Socio- and Econophysics, and a Villum Young Investigator grant.



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