AULA FELLOWSHIP FOR AI RESEARCH AND POLICY

In ancient times, in Latin-speaking regions, an "Aula" was the gathering of a community, to discuss things of import to all.

The Aula Fellowship for AI Science, Tech, and Policy has convened for the common goal of seeing to the responsible proliferation of AI. We come from many disciplines and from around the world. Each Fellow has complete independance, and no Fellow speaks for the others.

Decision makers in AI science, tech, and policy are trying to answer a set of hard problems. These are problems that affect all of society, and so the answers must come from all of society. Therefore, the principal Fellowship project, one which involves all of the Aula Fellows, is to get everyone's voice to the table on AI questions. 

Our tools for this are workshops and other events to foster conversations, white papers and consultations, research, and engagement with decision-makers. 

As we understand it, we are stronger when we work together. If you also working on this common mission, then we are already fellows.

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Meet the Fellows

Sreyoshi Bhaduri, Ph.D.

Dr. Sreyoshi Bhaduri is an engaged leader at the intersection of people, products, the future of work, and emerging technology. Sreyoshi leverages AI for mixed-methods research methods, ensuring that organizations intentionally center the human experience.

Sreyoshi currently works at Amazon. She has previously headed Global People Research at McGraw Hill – the learning sciences company. At and outside of work, Sreyoshi is a global speaker passionate about demystifying AI and intentionally improving belonging in STEM. She was elected as a Senator at the Society of Women Engineers, and serves the Advisory Board for the Department of Engineering Education at the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, USA; as well as the Danville Community College Automation & Robotics Program Industry Advisory Board. Sreyoshi has been honored as an Emerging Leader in Tech and Engineering (ELiTE) and Engaged Advocate by the Society of Women Engineers. Sreyoshi has also been inducted to the Yale Bouchet Honor Society.

In a gist, Sreyoshi is a maker of lists and itineraries, who loves responsible technology, and enjoys dabbling in writing. Learn more about her impact at – www.ThatStatsGirl.com

Leslie Salgado

Leslie Salgado, currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Communication and Media at the University of Calgary, is a seasoned professional in science communication. In her doctoral studies, she explores the interplays of Responsible AI, AI narratives, and their impact on policymaking and public trust. 

Leslie's academic journey includes completing the AI Ethics of AI Certificate of the London School of Economics, being part of the inaugural cohort at the University of Montreal-MILA course on Responsible AI and Human Rights and participating in the Alberta Machine Learning Institute (Amii) Kickstart Program. Her practical experience includes a role as a research consultant on a project examining gender equality and inclusion in AI initiatives around the globe at MILA – Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute.

Her approach to responsible AI blends insights from science communication and science and technology studies. She actively volunteers with Women in AI Canada and contributes to its Calgary chapter.

Victoria Kuketz

Victoria Kuketz serves as the Director of Corporate Engagement at Catalyst and is recognized for her work as a Civic Action DiverseCity Fellow and PPF Democracy Fellow.

Based in the Greater Toronto Area, she focuses on public policy, democracy, and engagement, promoting innovation and inclusivity. With an academic background from the University of Toronto and the Mila - Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute, Victoria applies her education to her professional roles, contributing to discussions and initiatives that aim to shape a more inclusive and democratic society.

Her practical approach and commitment to her field have established her as a respected figure in her professional community.

Jess Malz

Jess Malz is an expert facilitator, learning experience designer, and coach. Jess is deeply passionate about creating highly engaging developmental experiences grounded in cutting edge theories and methodologies.

Jess is known for their engaging and playful facilitation style, with a deep emphasis on fostering collaboration and psychological safety. Jess is the founder of Inbo, a Global Learning Design Agency. Respected for 15+ years designing and delivering end-to-end enterprise learning strategies and has facilitated and designed over 1K+ workshops and hundreds of developmental coaching sessions.

Their academic qualifications include a Master of Arts in Human Systems Intervention, and certifications in personal and professional coaching from Concordia University, Theory U, Immunity to Change, Instructional Design and Technology, Liberating Structures, Kaospilots, and Learning Experience Design and Digital Process Design & Facilitation.Jess has worked directly on 200+ projects with world renowned organizations including McGill University, the UN, the Canadian Government, GSOFT, Cirque du Soleil, Zu, C2 Montreal, MILA, OPEN Network, Global Vision, D3 Innovation Hub, and Goalcast.  

Jess aims to spark deep learning, connection, creativity, and innovation with their clients.

Tammy Mackenzie

Tammy Mackenzie, a Tech CEO, policy advocate, and mother, boasts a rich educational background as an alumna of prestigious institutions like MIND, Vanier College, McGill University, Université de Laval (MBA SMEs, Tech and Sustainability), and the MILA Summer School in Responsible AI. 

Beginning her career in a CPA firm, Tammy excelled as an SME account director, controller and CFO, and honed her expertise in leveraging cutting-edge technical, ecological, and social tools for societal and environmental betterment. These roles laid the foundation for her work in strategy and systems, particularly in the realms of small businesses and applied ethics.

In addition to her role at Polyaula as CEO and Tech Lead in the robotics lab, Tammy contributes to public policy through her roles as a consultant and facilitator, offering strategies rooted in her multidisciplinary experience. She is currently a Guest Researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

In terms of advancing inclusion and strategic ethics in the AI industry, she is the founder of the Aula Fellowship, a notable initiative of the Polyaula think tank and research service, reflecting her commitment to meaningful and responsible AI development.

In her spare time, Tammy is pursuing a PhD, focusing on the levers of power in society. This endeavor represents her ongoing dedication to understanding and shaping the intricate dynamics of technology, ethics, and societal progress.

Kai-Hsin Hung

Kai is a a Ph.D. Candidate and Work & Technology researcher at HEC Montréal, known for his impactful contributions to understanding the nexus between work, data value chains, and society. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Work and Equalities Institute at the University of Manchester, working on responsible AI.

With a rich background that includes roles at the International Development Research Centre, the International Training Centre of the ILO, and Global Affairs Canada, his work spans global contexts. Holding advanced degrees in Public and International Affairs and International Development from the University of Ottawa, where his research garnered significant accolades.

He actively contributes to the discourse on science and technology and sustainable development. His involvement in projects and initiatives, such as the AI Impact Alliance and the Leading With AI Lab and MOOCs on innovative financing courses, underscores his commitment to leveraging technology for societal betterment.

Emmanuel Taiwo

Emmanuel Taiwo. Emmanuel is a chartered environmentalist and independent climate, energy and environmental policy advisor. He has advised high-profile organizations like Global Affairs Canada on equitable gender-sensitive climate transitions, and the UK Government on climate and environmental matters in Nigeria, where he also led and managed a £66 million UK-funded program which provided clean energy access for millions of underserved people. Previously, he supported partnership initiatives at the United Nations Environment Program headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, and also delivered environmental responsibility projects with the British International Investment in London, UK.

Presently a Doctoral Student at the University of Toronto, and a Research Fellow with the Earth System Governance Project Network, Emmanuel’s research background spans environmental policy, just transitions, climate governance, energy justice, and resilient development, particularly across Africa and in Canada. He holds an MSc in Environmental Management with distinction from the University of Greenwich as a Commonwealth Scholar, and another Master of Public Policy from the University of Oxford as an Africa Initiative for Governance Scholar. Emmanuel’s role as an Aula Fellow involves exploring critical linkages between Artificial Intelligence and equitable / just climate, energy and environmental transitions.

Zachary Rosenthal

Zachary Rosenthal holds degrees in history and anthropology from Concordia University. His anthropological degree focused on food access, sustainability, and biotechnological ethics.

Zach is a trained Data Analyst and Data Scientist with experience in statistical modeling and machine learning.

Professionally, he works as Brand Manager for Polyaula and the Aula Fellowship for Responsible AI. He currently operates as a research coordinator and relationship facilitator at the Aula Fellowship for responsible AI.

Jake Okechukwu Effoduh

Jake Okechukwu Effoduh is an Assistant Professor at the Lincoln Alexander School of Law of Toronto Metropolitan University. He has gained significant expertise in AI regulation and international human rights advocacy at various ranks of legal systems.

As Chief Councillor of the Africa – Canada Artificial Intelligence and Data Innovation Consortium (ACADIC), he provided human rights and compliance expertise on the use of AI and Big Data in Canada and across 20 African countries. He serves on the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on Frontier Risks.

Benjamin Faveri

Benjamin is a Research Fellow in AI Governance, Law, and Policy at Arizona State University's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law working on soft law’s application to AI governance efforts in medicine, neurotechnology, and autonomous vehicles.

Ben is also a Consulting Scientist for the International Panel on the Information Environment on their Scientific Panel on Global Standards for AI Audits. Before this position, he was a Research and Policy Analyst at the Responsible AI Institute (RAII) where he helped develop all components of their Responsible AI Certification Program.

Alongside his work at RAII, Benjamin contributed to ongoing international AI standards development through ISO, particularly the recently published ISO 42001 AI Management System standard. Before his work, Benjamin completed an MPPA at Carleton University, where he was a Canada Graduate Scholar, Ontario Graduate Scholar, Social Innovation Fellow, and Visiting Scholar at UC Davis School of Law.

Peer Herholz

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Recent Work by the Fellows

Dr. Sreyoshi Bhaduri

"Decoding the Diversity: A Review of the Indic AI Research Landscape" article written by Sreyoshi BhaduriSankalp KJVinija JainTamoghna RoyAman Chadha

This review paper provides a comprehensive overview of large language model (LLM) research directions within Indic languages. Indic languages are those spoken in the Indian subcontinent, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bhutan, among others. These languages have a rich cultural and linguistic heritage and are spoken by over 1.5 billion people worldwide. With the tremendous market potential and growing demand for natural language processing (NLP) based applications in diverse languages, generative applications for Indic languages pose unique challenges and opportunities for research. Our paper deep dives into the recent advancements in Indic generative modeling, contributing with a taxonomy of research directions, tabulating 84 recent publications.

View the segement here.

Tammy Mackenzie

Autonomous weapons: Palantir, Airbus engineers seek to calm 'killer robot' fears. Brief Interview for France 24's Tech 24 segment

The segment delves into the ethical implications of deploying AI in military operations and discusses the crucial need for regulatory frameworks that ensure these technologies are used responsibly. As the conversation around AI continues to evolve, it is imperative that we engage with these topics. Properly balancing military pragmatism and AI ethics is one of the most significant challenges we face in modern society.

View the segement here.

Benjamin Faveri

"AI Audit Objects, Credentialing, and the Race-to-the-Bottom: Three AI Auditing Challenges and A Path Forward" an Op-Ed written by Benjamin Faveri for Tech Press.

The article outlines emerging AI risk regulations emphasizing AI audits, highlighted in the EU’s AI Act, Canada’s proposed AI and Data Act, and the US Executive Order on AI. Key challenges include defining audit objects, the shortage of trained AI auditors, and risks of lowering audit quality due to competitive pressures. It suggests coordinated efforts by policymakers, industry, and civil society to establish clear standards and training for AI auditors. This would ensure effective and trustworthy AI audit practices.

For more details, read the full article here.

Dr. Sreyoshi Bhaduri

"Leveraging AI in Education" an article written by Dr. Sreyoshi Bhaduri and Prof. Indrani Bhaduri for the India Today.

The article explores the relationship between AI and human intelligence, starting with the Turing Test's role in assessing machine intelligence. It highlights the differences between machine learning and human learning, emphasizing AI's potential to augment human capabilities through advanced algorithms. In education, AI can automate tasks, personalize learning, and provide intelligent tutoring systems. However, the over-reliance on AI may undermine essential human interactions. Responsible integration of AI in education requires balancing technological benefits with ethics and social interaction. While AI will disrupt many jobs and practices, it offers significant opportunities for those willing to adapt.

Find the full article here

Jake Okechukwu Effoduh

Jake is presenting at the "AI Governance for the Global Majority: Understanding Opportunities and Challenges" - May 09, 2024 from 8:00 am - 9:30 am EDT.

Carnegie’s AI in the Global Majority project brings together scholars, practitioners, and entrepreneurs to elucidate gaps and opportunities in the current global AI governance narrative through a series of publications.   

Aubra Anthony, senior fellow at Carnegie’s Technology and International Affairs program, will moderate a conversation with Dr. Jake Okechukwu Effoduh, Toronto Metropolitan University; Dr. Rachel Gong and Dr. Jun–E Tan, Khazanah Research Institute; Dr. Ranjit Singh, Data and Society Research Institute; Dr. Chijioke Okorie and Dr. Vukosi Marivate, University of Pretoria; and Carolina Botero, Fundación Karisma. 

Click here to learn more about the conference!

Kai-Hsin Hung, Leslie Salgado, Tammy Mackenzie

Consultation on the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Technology’s High-Level Advisory Body on AI draft report entitled “Interim Report: Governing AI for Humanity” - March 31, 2024

The team’s three main takeaways are:

Strategic Alignment with Global Goals: Our recommendation is for AI development to be strategically aligned with Sustainable Development Goals.

Robust Governance and Regulatory Practices: We call for the establishment of governance structures and regulatory practices for AI that are transparent, accountable, and enforceable, including mechanisms for accountability that focus on the entire lifecycle of AI technologies. 

Addressing Power Dynamics in AI Governance: We advocate for governance structures that not only enforce ethical standards and transparency, but also actively address and mitigate the disproportionate influence of powerful entities in AI development and deployment. 

Read the full report on LinkedIn here!

Leslie Salgado

Speaker at YYC DataCon - Saturday, March 9, 2024 - Embracing Responsible AI: The imperative of cultivating an ethical data culture

The necessity of embracing a Responsible AI approach has become paramount in the midst of the rapid development of AI-powered technologies. Central to this need is the imperative to cultivate a solid culture of AI ethics and a non-deterministic approach to technological adoption. In this context, ethical data management is vital to Responsible and Trustworthy AI.

Check out this link for more details about the talk and how to register!

Tammy Mackenzie, Victoria Kuketz, Jess Malz

Aula Fellowship Pre-Conference Workshop: Towards Inclusive Futures in AI

We are very happy and proud to offer this workshop and group work on responsible AI, for free and open to all, and to contribute to the conversation around the international conference Protecting Human Rights in the Age of AI, hosted by Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA). Click here to reserve your spot in the workshop!

Tammy Mackenzie

Guest Researcher at the Norwegian  University for Science and Technology (NTNU)

We are happy, honoured, and proud to share that Tammy is starting a new position as Guest Researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) - Centre for Technology and Society. She'll be studying institutional change and power dynamics to understand how people can engage with the levers of power, in particular to enable regional resilience and responsiveness.

Tammy Mackenzie, Victoria Kuketz, Jess Malz

Protecting Human Rights in the Age of AI - Mila Conference 2024  

We're delighted to announce that some of us, including Tammy Mackenzie Victoria Kuketz (she/her) and Jess Malz, will be present at this MILA - Montreal Institute for Learning Algorythyms conference on AI and human rights from Feb 14-16, 2024. We look forward to discussing and learning together! Learn more about Mila and this important event here.

Tammy Mackenzie

Knowledge workers, AI will change your daily life

Professionals and knowledge workers, especially those who have not yet used artificial intelligence (AI), may be prone to misconceptions that obscure the scale of the disruption to come. Read the full La Presse article here

Tammy Mackenzie

The Missing Voices at AI Conferences

We need more people in the AI conversation. It’s too big for just a few people or, worse, just a few specialists to figure out. Read more about who is missing and what that means for the development of AI here.

 Tammy Mackenzie

White Paper: AI and Copyright in Canada

This white paper is a response to Industry Canada's public call for expert consultation on AI and Copyright. Click here for the full conversation on authorship,  copyright infringement, and more. 

POLICY OPTIONS MAGAZINE Towards regulating AI : A natural, labour and capital resources perspective

Fellow Tammy Mackenzie, with Co-Author Hung Kai-Hsin

Towards regulating AI : A natural, labour and capital resources perspective

Public decision-makers should ask several questions about any proposed application of AI, and exercise caution. Read the full article at Policy Options Magazine.

Leslie Salgado

GPAI Report: Towards Real Diversity and Gender Equality in Artificial Intelligence Advancement

This is an Advancement Report that describes  the strategy, approach, and progress of the project thus far in its efforts to provide governments and other stakeholders of the artificial intelligence (AI) ecosystem with recommendations, tools, and promising practices to integrate Diversity and Gender Equality considerations into the AI lifecycle and related policy-making. Read about it on LinkedIN or Read the Full Report

POLICY OPTIONS MAGAZINE Towards regulating AI : A natural, labour and capital resources perspective

Victoria Kuketz

Intercultural Skills Lab Panel: Building Bridges

How do you navigate and apply best practices for managing interculturally diverse teams effectively? We unpack these questions and more as part of our “Building Bridges” panel on November 14th, 2023.  Find out more here.