ISA Doctoral Prize for research in algorithmic discrimination

  • Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine (FSTM)
    23 November 2023
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    Computer Science & ICT

Yasaman Yousefi, doctoral candidate at the University of Luxembourg and the University of Bologna, was awarded the Doctoral Prize from the Institute of Advanced Studies (ISA) of Bologna University for her interdisciplinary research in law, science and technology.

The Institute of Advanced Studies (ISA) Doctoral Prize was given to 9 PhD students who are conducting interdisciplinary research across all fields of study at the University of Bologna. ISA awards 2000€ to each PhD candidate whose research proved to be interdisciplinary. The students passed two selection phases: in phase one, over 30 candidates were shortlisted and in phase two, they had to present their research projects in front of the scientific council of ISA, highlighting its interdisciplinary nature.

Yasaman Yousefi is doing a Joint International Doctoral Degree in Law, Science and Technology, coordinated by Prof. Monica Palmirani (University of Bologna), supervised by Prof. Silvia Zullo (University of Bologna) and by Prof. Christoph Schommer (University of Luxembourg). In her research project entitled “The quest to fairness in AI: ethical, legal and technical solutions”, Yasaman Yousefi focuses on legal, ethical, and technical solutions to the problem of algorithmic discrimination which is therefore interdisciplinary. « I am really proud to receive this award, this gets me one step closer to my career goals and highlights the importance of interdisciplinary research. I truly appreciate the support of my supervisors in this. Thanks to this prize, I will participate in high-level conferences or publish in an interdisciplinary journal », comments Yasaman.

This is already the third prize/scholarship she wins in the 2022-2023 academic year. The previous ones being winning the first Grand Challenge in AI and Law at the St. Gallen University with her team, and the Marco Polo scholarship by the University of Bologna for the research period she conducted in Luxembourg.”