Dr. Lai-Tze Fan announced as CRC in Technology and Social Change

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Dr. Lai-Tze Fan of the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies has been announced by the Government of Canada as a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Technology and Social Change.

Fan's research examines the benefits and risks of rapidly developing artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. By investigating the design of sexist, racist and classist AI voice assistant software, racist facial recognition systems and exploitative AI hardware production, she will identify how AI produces human experiences that reinforce social inequalities. In response, Fan will create equitable human-AI experiences through her Unseen-AI Lab, contributing novel and multidisciplinary approaches that stop inequitable AI at the design and production stage. Fan's goal is to encourage EDI-enhanced change in AI design and to improve technological literacy. 

In addition to her CRC, Fan has also been awarded CFI funding through the John R. Evans Leaders Fund for The Unseen-AI (U&AI) Lab.

Read more about Dr. Fan's research in Waterloo News.

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