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Rediet Abebe  

Ethiopian Computer Scientist, Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows & Co-Founder of Black in AI

Rediet Abebe is a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and received her Ph.D. in computer science from Cornell University in 2019. Her research is broadly in the fields of artificial intelligence and algorithms, using network-based, optimization, and data-driven techniques for problems involving equity and social good concerns.

As part of this research agenda, she co-founded and co-organizes Mechanism Design for Social Good (MD4SG), a multi-institutional, interdisciplinary research initiative working to improve access to opportunity for historically underserved and disadvantaged communities. This initiative has participants from over 100 institutions in over 20 countries and has been supported by organizations including Schmidt Futures, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Institute for New Economic Thinking. She currently serves on the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director Working Group on AI, tasked with developing a comprehensive report to the NIH leadership.

Abebe was named one of 35 Innovators Under 35 by the MIT Technology Review and honored in the 2019 Bloomberg 50 list as a "one to watch." She co-founded Black in AI, a non-profit organization tackling diveristy and inclusion issues in the field. She has recently presented her research in venues including the National Academy of Sciences, the United Nations, and the Museum of Modern Art. Her work has been covered by outlets including Forbes, the Boston Globe, and Washington Post. She holds an M.S. in applied mathematics from Harvard University, an M.A. in mathematics from the University of Cambridge, and a B.A. in mathematics from Harvard College. Her research is deeply influenced by her upbringing in her hometown of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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