Responsible AI; From Principles to Practice


AI has made amazing technological advances possible; as the field matures, the question for AI practitioners has shifted from “can we do it?” to “should we do it?”. In this talk, Dr. Tempest van Schaik will share her Responsible AI (RAI) journey, from ethical concerns in AI projects, to turning high-level RAI principles into code, and the foundation of an RAI review board that oversees projects for the team. She will share some of the practical RAI tools and techniques that can be used throughout the AI lifecycle, special RAI considerations for healthcare, and the experts she looks to as she continues in this journey.


Tempest is passionate about improving lives using sensors, data, and AI. Some of the ways she's driven impact have been through her startup, SoilCards, which aims to make mobile soil testing accessible to the world’s poorest farmers in order to improve their livelihood and protect the environment. She has also developed novel ways to measure cognitive function and mood in people with depression using wearables. She has used data science to improve physiotherapy for children with cystic fibrosis, and has put principles of responsible AI into practice to build predictive ICU models which treat different patient groups fairly. She is currently a Senior Machine Learning Engineer in Microsoft’s Commercial Software Engineering (CSE) team, where she is an ML Lead for collaborations with some of Microsoft’s biggest healthcare customers. She is a member of CSE’s Responsible AI board and a CSE ambassador for Diversity & Inclusion, because she believes in promoting positive change as a leader in the industry. She has a PhD in Bioengineering from Imperial College London, with an internship at MIT, and an Imperial College Rector's Award. She is a Technical Advisory Board member of Ultromics Ltd as well as a TEDx and SXSW speaker. Her research has received awards from Innovate UK and the US National Academies of Science Engineering and Medic.

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