BIDS Faculty Affiliate Rediet Abebe to participate in U-M Africa Week and WiDS Worldwide conferences

February 8, 2021

BIDS Faculty Affiliate Rediet Abebe, an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at UC Berkeley, will be participating in two exciting upcoming events. 

First, Abebe and Jelani Nelson, also 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 am to 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."  Abebe's research focuses on artificial intelligence and algorithms, with a focus on equity and justice concerns, and she is co-founder and co-organizer of the multi-institutional, interdisciplinary research initiative Mechanism Design for Social Good (MD4SG).  Nelson is a member of the UC Berkeley Theory Group and is the founder and co-organizer of AddisCoder, a free intensive 4-week summer program which introduces Ethiopian high schoolers to programming and algorithms.  

Also, Abebe and Shafi Goldwasser, Director of UC Berkeley's Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, will speak during this year's Women in Data Science (WiDS) conference, a 24-hour virtual event hosted by Stanford University on March 8.  WiDS was launched at Stanford in 2015 to inspire and educate data scientists worldwide, regardless of gender, and to support women in the field.  Abebe, who began at Berkeley this spring, is a specialist in artificial intelligence and algorithms, with a focus on equity and justice concerns.  Goldwasser is a pioneer in probabilistic encryption, interactive zero knowledge protocols, elliptic curve primality and combinatorial property testings, and hardness of approximation proofs for combinatorial problems. 


Rediet Abebe and Jelani Nelson to participate in U-M Africa Week
February 5, 2021  |  Magdalene L. Crowley  |  EECS News

Rediet Abebe and Shafi Goldwasser to speak at Women in Data Science 2021
January 28, 2021  |  Magdalene L. Crowley  |  EECS News

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