DFM Research Insights: Muneera Bano

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Design Factory Melbourne @ The Firestation

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Diversity and Inclusion in the Futuristic world of AI Dr Muneera Bano

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We live in a world marked by racial, gender and economic based hierarchies. The lack of diversity and inclusion in giant tech companies is going to make it harder for underrepresented groups to break through these classifications in future. The advent of AI promises to overcome human limitations of speed, processing and thought, opening up a whole new range of possibilities for how we live and work. However, AI is also a product of colonial mentality and it is also exacerbating human biases, discriminations and hate-speech.

So what can be done? When a technology is going to shape the future of the society, it is time to look at the design of AI from a diverse and inclusive vintage point by not just diverse groups of software engineers (gender, race, identities) but also representative people from cross disciplinary backgrounds of Ethics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology and Literature.

About Muneera:

Dr Muneera Bano is a lecturer of software engineering at the Swinburne University of Technology. Muneera graduated from the University of Technology Sydney in 2015 with a PhD in Software Engineering, where she also worked as a Post-doctoral researcher under the ARC Discovery project and was a ‘Learning and Teaching Adjunct’.

During her research career, Muneera has received numerous prestigious accolades as recognition for her work, including being named as a finalist for Google Australia’s Anita Borg Award for Women in Computer Science, Asia-Pacific 2015, Schlumberger’s Faculty For The Future (FFTF) Award for Women in STEM (2014 and 2015) and was given the ‘distinguished research paper award’ at International Requirements Engineering Conference held on August 2018. She has been selected as one of the 60 ‘Superstars of STEM’ for 2019-2020 by Science Technology Australia. Superstars of STEM program aims to smash society’s gender assumptions about scientists and increase the public visibility of women in STEM. Most recently she has been announced as the overall winner of the inaugural 40-under-40 Most Influential Asian-Australian award 2019.

About Research Insights:

Research Insights is a presentation series by Design Factory Melbourne (DFM) aimed at fostering interaction and collaboration between academics, students, and industry. Presentations are informal and collegial - join us at the Fire Station to hear what others are working on, or share something of your own!

More information about the Research Insights series can be found at: http://dfm.org.au/events/

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Design Factory Melbourne @ The Firestation

Swinburne University of Technology

66-68 William Street (Enter via McLeod Ln)

Hawthorn, VIC 3122

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