The Academy will fund the project ‘Model Management Systems (MLDB)’, following a consortium application with Prof. Aristides Gionis from Aalto University. The funding for my research group is 400,000€. Link to decision: aka.fi/mldb.
The news is particularly exciting, as I aim to expand my research to machine learning systems – besides topics I’ve usually worked on. To get some idea about the research we plan to do, see this pre-print https://arxiv.org/abs/1904.00079 (currently under submission).
To see the lists of funded projects in natural sciences and engineering, follow these links: aka.fi/fundedprojects-1 and aka.fi/fundedprojects-2. Three applications from the Computer Science department at the University of Helsinki were successful.
Last week, I visited the EU Commission’s JRC Seville, where Carlos Castillo and I presented our ongoing work on algorithmic fairness.
A preliminary version of our work is posted on arXiv:
Affirmative Action Policies for Top-k Candidates Selection, With an Application to the Design of Policies for University Admissions, by M. Mathioudakis, C. Castillo, G. Barnabo, S. Celis https://arxiv.org/abs/1905.09947.
I acted as examiner to 6 PhD defenses at the University of Pisa. Thanks to Prof. Paolo Ferragina for the hospitality!
This morning, I gave a talk at the Machine Learning seminar (link) organized by HIIT (University of Helsinki and Aalto). Thanks to Teemu Roos for the invitation.
The title of the talk was “Machine Learning for Database Management Systems – and vice versa”. You can find the slides here.
I gave a short talk at a seminar on Digitalization (link) organized by Dr. Carl-Gustav Linden. The slides are here.
These days, the University of Helsinki Think Corner (Tiedekulma) is organizing “Crazy World” discussion events that deal with international relations, world leaders and authoritarianism, economy 10 years after Lehman Brothers, world religions and Russia. (Link to event description)
Toni Rönni, one of the organizers of the events, asked me to say a few words about ‘social media and echo chambers’ and our recent research that appeared at the Web Conference (for the paper, follow this ACM Link).
Here is the video.
Carlos Castillo (link) and I presented a poster at StanCon (link) in Helsinki this week. The poster discussed our research-in-progress on our algorithmic fairness project, which looks into university admission criteria.