Data Science Ireland: Data Privacy and AI Ethics

AI in Action Dublin
AI in Action Dublin
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We are kicking off the start of summer 2019 with the 14th Data Science Ireland Meetup on Wednesday 1 May at the DavyGroup Offices on Dawson Street, Dublin 2.

This is the best opportunity to meet & network with like-minded individuals in the Data Science and AI community in Ireland, as well as learn from more great speakers on all things AI and Data Science.

We will also have some pizza and beer too! 🍻 🍕


1. Maurice Coyle, Chief Data Scientist at Trūata.

Title: Enabling full-strength Data Science while preserving User Privacy.

Trūata offers a new approach to handling data anonymization and analytics to help organisations meet the standards of personal data protection envisioned by GDPR. Maurice will outline his career path and speak about the challenge of enabling full-strength data science, machine learning and analytics while preserving user privacy.

2. Abeba Birhane, Cognitive Science PhD Candidate in the School of Computer Science at University College Dublin

Title: Why “debiasing” your training dataset is not a solution to bias in AI.

Not a day goes by without a headline about some catastrophic consequences of careless practices. Consequently, the need for ethics in data science is emphasized and various “solutions” are proposed. “Debiasing” of training datasets is often invoked as one of the most popular go-to solutions. Abeba will discuss why the idea of debiasing rests on misconceptions and how attempts to debias could do more damage than good.

3. John Vard, Analytics and Modelling Associate Manager at Accenture.

Title: Providing a practical introduction to the science of fairness.

The role of the data scientist is ever-changing as new tools and techniques become mainstream and industry adapts to how data science is practised and delivered. A notable catalyst for change is the emerging area of algorithmic fairness. Acknowledged as the “right thing to do”, where does a data scientist start?


RSVPs close at 5pm on the day of the meetup.

If you can no longer make it, please RSVP "No" to allow someone on the waiting list to join.

If you are interested in speaking at future meetups, please submit a talk proposal and your details to [masked].