Facebook Selects 6 Projects From India For AI Ethics Research Awards

To encourage research on Artificial Intelligence (AI) ethics, Facebook has selected six projects from India that will focus on three key areas – governance, cultural diversity, and operationalizing ethics.

The winners declared, included the top two submissions in each category.

“AI technological developments pose intricate and complex ethical questions that the industry alone cannot answer. We strongly believe that research questions in the application of AI should be addressed by independent academic research institutions along with the companies building and deploying the technology,” Facebook said.

To support these beliefs, Facebook announced the Ethics in AI research awards in June with a regional focus of India. The request for proposal (RFP) was open to academic institutions, think tanks, and research organizations registered and operational in India.

Research award winners

The shortlisted candidates were reviewed by judges such as Professor Sudeshna Sarkar (IIT Kharagpur), Sunil Abraham (CIS), and Bharath Visweswariah (Omidyar Network). Here are the winners, according to reports:

Operationalizing Ethics / Explainability / Fairness

Patient-Centric Frameworks for the Evaluation of AI-Enabled Medical Tests

PI: Amit Sethi, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay)

Collaborators: Swapnil Rane and Zakia Khan, Tata Memorial Centre

PI: Animesh Mukherjee, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur)

Collaborators: Pawan Goyal and Souvic Chakraborty, IIT Kharagpur


Ethical Implications of Delegating Decision-making Journey to AI Systems

PI: Dr. Rahul De’, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIM Bangalore)

Collaborator: Sai Dattathrani, IIM Bangalore

A ‘Public Law of Information’ for India

PI: Sudhir Krishnaswamy, Centre for Law and Policy Research

Cultural Diversity

Mitigating Bias in Face Recognition for Vast Regional Diversity in India

PI: Richa Singh, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology-Delhi (IIT-Delhi)

Collaborator: Mayank Vatsa, IIIT-Delhi

Regulatory Impact Assessment of the National AI Market Place of India

PI: Varadharajan Sridhar, International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore (IIT Bangalore)

Collaborator: Shrisha Rao, IIIT Bangalore

The proposed budget should be within ₹10,00,000 to ₹20,00,000 and all funds will be dispersed within three months of the award date, Facebook said.

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