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Multi-Attribute, Multimodal Bias Mitigation in AI Systems

Project description

Adding fairness and mitigating bias in AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) offers great promise for solving business and social problems, but it also risks inadvertently discriminating against minority and marginalised groups. The EU-funded MAMMOth project tackles this bias by focusing on multi-discrimination mitigation for tabular, network and multimodal data. Working with computer science and AI experts, the project will create tools for fairness-aware AI which ensure accountability with respect to protected attributes like gender, race and age. The project will also engage with communities of vulnerable and/or underrepresented groups in AI research to ensure that user needs and pains are truly at the centre of the agenda. The end goal is to develop pilot projects for finance/loan applications, identity verification and academic evaluation.

Objective

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is increasingly employed by businesses, governments, and other organizations to make decisions with far-reaching impacts on individuals and society. This offers big opportunities for automation in different sectors and daily life, but at the same time it brings risks for discrimination of minority and marginal population groups on the basis of the so-called protected attributes, like gender, race, and age. Despite the large body of research to date, the proposed methods work in limited settings, under very constrained assumptions, and do not reflect the complexity and requirements of real world applications.
To this end, the MAMMOth project focuses on multi-discrimination mitigation for tabular, network and multimodal data. Through its computer science and AI experts, MAMMOth aims at addressing the associated scientific challenges by developing an innovative fairness-aware AI-data driven foundation that provides the necessary tools and techniques for the discovery and mitigation of (multi-)discrimination and ensures the accountability of AI-systems with respect to multiple protected attributes and for traditional tabular data and more complex network and visual data.
The project will actively engage with numerous communities of vulnerable and/or underrepresented groups in AI research right from the start, adopting a co-creation approach, to make sure that actual user needs and pains are at the centre of the research agenda and act as guidance to the project’s activities. A social science-driven approach supported by social science and ethics experts will guide project research, and a science communication approach will increase the outreach of the outcomes.
The project aims to demonstrate through pilots the developed solutions into three relevant sectors of interest: a) finance/loan applications, b) identity verification systems, and c) academic evaluation.

Coordinator

ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Net EU contribution
€ 580 625,00
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CHARILAOU THERMI ROAD 6 KM
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki
Greece

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Region
Βόρεια Ελλάδα Κεντρική Μακεδονία Θεσσαλονίκη
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Total cost
€ 580 625,00

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