Fernanda Viégas is a senior researcher at Google, where she co-leads the PAIR (People + AI Research) initiative. Fernanda’s work in machine learning with Martin Wattenberg, her long-time collaborator, focuses on improving human/AI interaction with a broader agenda of democratizing AI technology. She is also interested in weaving societal expectations and values into the design and evaluation of AI systems.
Fernanda is a data visualization expert, widely known for her contributions to social and collaborative visualization. The systems her team has created are used daily by millions of people. Fernanda’s passion for making complex data understandable to lay viewers has led her to visualize wind currents, study collaboration patterns in Wikipedia, and create interactive views of neural networks. Fernanda’s visualization-based artwork with Martin has been exhibited worldwide, and is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Fernanda holds a PhD from the MIT Media Lab and an honorary doctorate from Claremont Graduate University.
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