BIDS Faculty Affiliate Rediet Abebe, an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at UC Berkeley, will be participating on a panel about The Role of Computing in Africa's Economic Future at the University of Michigan Africa Week (U-M Africa Week) conference on Tuesday, February 16, from 9:30-10:45 AM Eastern. U-M Africa Week on February 15-19, 2021, will bring together thought leaders in higher education, industry, and government for a series of discussions on the key issues and opportunities that will shape Africa in the coming decades.
Rediet Abebe is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Junior Fellow (2019-22) at the Harvard Society of Fellows. Abebe holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Cornell University and graduate degrees in mathematics from Harvard University and the University of Cambridge. Her research is in artificial intelligence and algorithms, with a focus on equity and justice concerns. Abebe is a co-founder and co-organizer of the multi-institutional, interdisciplinary research initiative Mechanism Design for Social Good (MD4SG). Her dissertation, Designing Algorithms for Social Good, received the 2020 ACM SIGKDD Dissertation Award and an honorable mention for the ACM SIGEcom Dissertation Award for offering the foundations of this emerging research area. Abebe's work has informed policy and practice at the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Ethiopian Ministry of Education. She has been honored in the MIT Technology Review's 35 Innovators Under 35 list as a pioneer and the Bloomberg 50 list as a one to watch. Her work has been featured in BBC, ELLE, Forbes, and Shondaland and presented at venues including the National Academy of Sciences, United Nations, and Museum of Modern Art. Abebe also co-founded Black in AI, a non-profit organization tackling representation and equity issues in AI. Her research is influenced by her upbringing in her hometown of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.