Human Rights and Data Science Conference Agenda

This virtual conference was a kick-off event for the Data Science Institute at SMU. For two afternoons, we heard speakers from across the country and close to home, working in non-profits and academia, applying data science tools to complex human rights and social justice problems. Videos of the talks and discussion are accessible below.

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Session 1: Thursday, February 25, 2021,  2:00 PM – 3:30 PM CST

  • Megan Price (Keynote speaker), Executive Director, Human Rights Data Analysis Group
    • How do we achieve the most good and the least harm?
  • Caitlin Augustin, Senior Director, DataKind
    • Art of the Possible – using data science, machine learning, and AI to advance positive social impact
  • Shannon Loomis, Founder and CTO, Community Lattice
    • Using Data Science to Promote Environmental Justice
  • David Corliss, Founder, Data Scientist, Chrysler Fiat and Founder, Peace-Work
    • Measuring Bias in Machine Learning Algorithms

Session 2: Thursday, February 25, 2021, 3:45 PM – 4:30 PM CST

Q&A with Leaders in Human Rights and Social Good Non-profits/Volunteer organizations, including HRDAG, DataKind, Community Lattice, Peace-Work, and Statistics Without Borders

Session 3: Friday, February 26, 2021, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM CST

  • Andrew Davies, Victoria Smiegocki, & Gregory Guggenmos,  Deason Criminal Justice Reform Center, SMU Law School
    • Data Science Approaches to Criminal Justice Research at the Deason Center
  • Robin Mejia, Director of the Statistics and Human Rights Program, Center for Human Rights Science, Carnegie Mellon University
    • Understanding mortality in correctional institutions: From description to assessment
  • Idean Salehyan, Dept. of Political Science, University of North Texas
    • Coding Protest Event Data with Incomplete and Conflicting Media Coverage

Session 4: Friday, February 26, 2021, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM CST

  • Tony Ng, Dept. of Statistical Science, SMU
    • Data-Driven Network Predictive Modelling for Human Trafficking Network
  • Davina Durgana, American University and Vice Chair, Statistics without Borders
    • Finding Today’s Slaves: Lessons Learned From Over A Decade of Measurement in Modern Slavery
  • Vanessa Bouche, Dept. of Political Science, Texas Christian University
    • Mining Human Trafficking Prosecutions Data:  Insights from structuring the unstructured


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