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Jon Kleinberg to Deliver Virtual Presentation for Dean’s Seminar Series

Kleinberg will give the lecture, “Fairness and Bias in Algorithmic Decision Making,” on May 13

What it means for an algorithm to fairly classify information is hotly contested.

As part of the 2019-20 Dean’s Seminar Series, Cornell University’s Jon Kleinberg will consider the key fairness conditions at the heart of these debates during his presentation, “Fairness and Bias in Algorithmic Decision Making.”

Jon Kleinberg

Scheduled for Wednesday, May 13, at 12 p.m., Kleinberg’s lecture will be the first in the series delivered virtually via Zoom. 

Kleinberg, Tisch University Professor in the Departments of Computer Science and Information Science at Cornell University, will explore how the complexity of a classification rule interacts with its fairness properties, showing how natural ways of approximating a classifier via a simpler rule can act in conflict with fairness goals.  

His research focuses on the interaction of algorithms and networks, and the roles they play in large-scale social and information systems. Kleinberg is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. He is the recipient of MacArthur, Packard, Simons, Sloan, and Vannevar Bush research fellowships, as well awards including the Harvey Prize, the Nevanlinna Prize, and the ACM Prize in Computing.