Date: June 2, 2018
Place: Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan
MTH Junaidi, a freshman from the Computer Science and Engineering department at SRM University AP – Amaravati gave a lightning talk on biases in machine learning training datasets at PyCon Taiwan. PyCon Taiwan is an annual international conference organised by the Python Software Foundation at Academia Sinica in Taipei City, Taiwan. Junaidi was invited to speak on the work he did at Next Tech Lab on racial biases present in datasets used to train artificial intelligence algorithms.
The entire trip’s cost was sponsored by the conference organizers based on a scholarship application. The conference was attended by over 400 people from all across the world and featured talks from researchers, developers and other prominent people in the technology industry. The conference was sponsored by Microsoft, Appier, MySQL, E.SUN Bank, Trend Micro among others. MTH Junaidi is one of the youngest Indians to speak at an international PyCon. Given the dominance of the Python programming language over the software industry, PyCons are some of the most prestigious annual events for developers and researchers globally. SRM AP also runs a meetup group sponsored by the Python Software Foundation and NUMFocus called PyData Amaravati, focussing on the data science applications of Python. MTH Junaidi is one of the co-organizers along with Shubham Rao and Saurabh Ghanekar. At Next Tech Lab AP, they work on projects in the fields of artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, internet of things and cryptocurrencies.