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Let’s Talk About Bias and Diversity in Data, Software, and Institutions

In November 2020, The Machine Learning Center at Georgia Tech (ML@GT) hosted a panel discussion on how bias and diversity impacts technology and institutions. The panel features College of Computing Dean Charles Isbell, Georgia Tech alumnus Rapha Gontijo Lopes, and Tiffany Deng, program management lead in machine learning fairness and responsible artificial intelligence at Google. The panel was moderated by ML@GT Associate Director Deven Desai.

The panel explores intricacies regarding race and tech along with powerful stories on how racism has personally played role in AI and healthcare.

Charles Isbell

“It’s that the field of computing and machine learning in particular, has exploded onto the world stage. We’re central to everything that everyone does and the problems we work on genuinely matter. And they matter not just in the way that they teach us something about the world, but that the products of our work, be it research or engineering from industry or from universities, they’re out there in the world and having a dramatic impact on real human lives.”

Charles Isbell Redefines Virtual Keynotes at NeurIPS 2020

Isbell also delivered an invited talk at the 2020 Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) conference to more than 20,000 machine learning and artificial intelligence researchers. Isbell was joined by many familiar faces including School of Interactive Computing Chair Ayanna Howard and ML@GT Executive Director Irfan Essa to explain issues like why AI tends to have biases towards women and people of color.

Women of Color in Tech: Shaping the City of Atlanta and Its Future

Sheila Isbell, a College of Computing alumna and current deputy division chief at Georgia Tech Research Institute, spoke on a closing panel at the 2021 Focus Program. Isbell was joined by Nisha Botchwey, an associate professor in the School of City and Regional Planning, and Andre Dickens, an Atlanta City Councilmember and Georgia Tech alumnus (ChemE, ’98) to discuss their career paths, what they see regarding women of color in technology, and more. 

5 Black STEM Pioneers You Should Know


From the creator of the Super Soaker water gun to the first African-American woman to go to space, here are five Black STEM pioneers who have inspired the Constellations Center for Equity in Computing staff. We encourage you to learn more about them and their amazing work.


Creating future change

People Paving the Way

Our world-class students, faculty, staff, and alumni are finding ways to expand access to computing, and to mentoring teachers, developing entrepreneurship, and supporting the Georgia Tech community. Ultimately, they are dynamically paving the way for more Black students to pursue careers in computer science-related fields.