FAI: Towards a Computational Foundation for Fair Network Learning

Co-PI: My T. Thai

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Start Date: January 1, 2020

End Date: December 31, 2022

Amount: $353,659


Network learning and mining plays a pivotal role across a number of disciplines, such as computer science, physics, social science, management, neural science, civil engineering, and e-commerce. Decades of research in this area has provided a wealth of theories, algorithms and open-source systems to answer who/what types of questions. For example, who is the most influential in a social network? What items shall we recommend to a given user on an e-commerce platform? What Twitter poster is likely to go viral? Who can be grouped into the same online community? What financial transactions between users look suspicious? The state-of-the-art techniques on answering these questions have been widely adopted in various real-world applications, often with a strong empirical performance as well as a solid theoretic foundation. Despite the remarkable progress in network learning, a fundamental question largely remains nascent: how can we make network learning results and process explainable, transparent, and fair? The answer to this question benefits a variety of high-impact network learning based applications in terms of their interpretability, transparency and fairness, including social network analysis, neural science, team science and management, intelligent transportation systems, critical infrastructures, and blockchain networks.

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