Faculty Spotlight: Shahin Jabbari, PhD

Shahin Jabbari

Shahin Jabbari, PhD is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at the College of Computing & Informatics (CCI), who joined Drexel in fall 2021. His research and teaching interests include machine learning, algorithmic fairness and game theory, specifically focusing on the ethical aspects of algorithmic decision making and how AI-driven technology can make a positive societal impact. Prior to Drexel, he was a CRCS postdoctoral fellow in the Computer Science Department of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, and was also affiliated with Harvard's EconCS group. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Learn more about Professor Jabbari below:

Why did you decide to join Drexel?

There are great folks at Drexel CCI that I can learn from and collaborate with. Philadelphia is also one of my favorite cities (believe me, I have moved a lot!). I also did my PhD next door at Penn, so it is great to have a network of people for support and collaboration.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about studying ways in which technology (and in particular artificial intelligence and machine learning) can be used to enhance our day-to-day lives. These days I mainly think about negative impacts of technology and how we can design systems without many of such impacts.

What are your goals for the 2021-22 academic year?

I am excited about teaching my very first class in the winter, learning how to write grants and possibly finding new students in Drexel to work with me on a research project.

What's your favorite thing about Philadelphia?

There are so many: it is very culturally diverse; you can walk/bike pretty much everywhere; I love running along the Schuylkill river; and the food/art scene is pretty good, too!

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