Sarah Bird

Responsible AI Leader, Azure Cognitive Services

Sarah’s work focuses on research and emerging technology strategy for AI products in Azure.  Sarah works to accelerate the adoption and positive impact of AI by bringing together the latest innovations in research with the best of open source and product expertise to create new tools and technologies.

Sarah is currently leading Responsible AI for the Azure Cognitive Services.  Prior to joining the Cognitive Services, Sarah lead the development of responsible AI tools in Azure Machine Learning. She is an active member of the Microsoft AETHER committee, where she works to develop and drive company-wide adoption of responsible AI principles, best practices, and technologies.  Sarah was one of the founding researchers in the Microsoft FATE research group and prior to joining Microsoft worked on AI fairness in Facebook.

Sarah is active contributor to the open source ecosystem, she co-founded ONNX, Fairlearn, and  OpenDP’s SmartNoise was a leader in the Pytorch 1.0 and InterpretML projects. She was an early member of the machine learning systems research community and has been active in growing and forming the community. She co-founded the MLSys research conference and the Learning Systems workshops. She has a Ph.D. in computer science from UC Berkeley advised by Dave PattersonKrste Asanovic, and Burton Smith.

Operationalizing Responsible AI
Wednesday, January 27 | 
12:10 PM - 
12:40 PM

This panel explores how organizations can go beyond a general desire to be ethical in their use of ML/AI to building transparency, accountability, fairness, anti-bias, etc. into their ML pipelines and practices in a systematic and sustainable way.

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