ISSR Seminar | Algorithms, Big Data, Disciplinary Expertise and Inequalities

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Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
107 Bartlett Hall | UMass Amherst

RSVP | Algorithms, Big Data, Disciplinary Expertise and Inequalities

In this seminar, Kelly Joyce (Professor of Sociology and Director of the Science, Technology, and Society program | Drexel University) will discuss how disciplinary expertise shapes the values that drive big data work and the implications of this process for understanding Inequalities. The talk draws on NSF-funded fieldwork and interviews conducted at four field sites where research teams aim to develop health-related big data. It shows the importance of social science expertise to big data work.

Professor Joyce is the author of the book Magnetic Appeal: MRI and the Myth of Transparency (Cornell University Press, 2008) and is co-editor of Technogenarians: Studying Health and Illness through an Aging, Science, and Technology Lens (Wiley-Blackwell Publishers, 2010)Dr. Joyce's research is situated at the crossroads of medical sociology and science and technology studies; she studies the social, cultural and political dimensions of medical technology innovation. Dr. Joyce is the Principal Investigator of Ethics of Algorithms (NSF Award#1338205), a project that investigates the ethics and values that shape decisions in the creation and use of algorithms.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology, Computational Social Science Institute, and Institute for Social Science Research. We kindly request your registration to help us plan for a successful event.

RSVP | Algorithms, Big Data, Disciplinary Expertise and Inequalities