Dr. Berk Ustun: Towards Personalization without Harm

B2AI Discussion Forum on Emerging ELSI Issues

Dr. Berk Ustun

Berk Ustun

June 6, 2023

Berk Ustun | June 6, 2023

Every month, the Bridge Center will invite a speaker to participate in a monthly speaker series related to ethical issues in biomedical research.

June 2023

This month, Dr. Ustun discussed how machine learning models, personalized with sensitive features like sex, age group, and HIV status, can perform better for populations but worse for specific groups, potentially causing harm. He proposed formal conditions for fair group attribute use and outlined practical methods, such as “personalization budgets” and “participatory systems,” to ensure fairness in personalized predictions. You can find a recording to his talk here.