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Rediet Abebe Is the First Black Woman to Receive a Ph.D. in Computer Science at Cornell

<b>Rediet Abebe Is the First Black Woman to Receive a Ph.D. in Computer Science at Cornell</b> Her thesis: 'Designing Algorithms for Social Good'.
Rediet Abebe is an Ethiopian computer scientist working in the fields of algorithms and artificial intelligence. She is a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. Her presentation, entitled "Designing Algorithms for Social Good" was her B exam, the final requirement towards her Ph.D. Jehron Petty '20, co-president of Underrepresented Minorities in Computing, organized for students to attend the thesis presentation in support, some of whom had no connection to the computing world. Other groups rallied around her as well, including the Black Graduate and Professional Students Association. Her research focuses on using artificial intelligence techniques in order to improve societal welfare. One example is addressing income shocks low-income people face such as missed paychecks. Her research will involve a welfare model that uses information about families to find intervention methods and mitigate the effects of the income shocks.


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Joseph Marie Ayissi Nga 2019-11-19 at 15:34

My research is informed by collaborations with researchers in related disciplines and domain experts from various government and non-government organizations. Throughout 2019, I have been serving on the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director working group on AI. Prior to Cornell, I completed an M.S. in applied mathematics from Harvard, an M.A. in mathematics from the University of Cambridge, and a B.A. in mathematics from Harvard College.

Rediet Abebe

Rediet Abebe is a computer science researcher working in the fields of algorithms and AI, with a focus on improving access to opportunity for historically underserved and disadvantaged populations. She co-founded and co-organizes the Mechanism Design for Social Good research initiative and Black in AI.
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Cathy Vikulchik 2019-11-19 at 14:17

Rediet Abebe is an Ethiopian computer scientist working in the fields of algorithms and artificial intelligence. She is a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. Her research develops techniques in algorithms and AI to mitigate socioeconomic inequality. She co-founded  Mechanism Design for Social Good (MD4SG), a multi-institutional and interdisciplinary research initiative working to improve access to opportunity for historically disadvantaged communities. She is also an advocate for diversity and inclusion in computing and is the co-founder for Black in AI, non-profit organisation that supports and promotes Black individuals working in the field of AI.

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