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Biography

Long Bio

Chinasa T. Okolo is a fourth-year Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Computer Science at Cornell University, co-advised by Nicki Dell and Bharath Hariharan. Her research leverages ethnographic methods to understand how frontline healthcare workers in low-resource regions perceive and value artificial intelligence (AI). She also examines FATE (fairness, accountability, transparency, and ethics) in AI-enabled technologies deployed throughout the Global South, with a focus on healthcare. Chinasa previously co-organized the Mechanism Design for Social Good (MD4SG) working group on development where she led collaboration and discussion amongst practitioners and academics to understand and tackle issues pertaining to the role of technology in emerging nations and under-resourced settings. Her work has been supported by funding from The National GEM Consortium, Oracle Corporation, the North American Network Operators' Group (NANOG), and the National Science Foundation (NSF) and covered in venues like Bloomberg, VentureBeat, and more. Chinasa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Pomona College and has previously interned at Apple, developing responsible AI/ML methodologies for health sensing applications and at Microsoft Research where she built computational models and domain-specific computational tools for bacterial quorum sensing. Learn more about Chinasa at www.chinasaokolo.com.

Short Bio

Chinasa T. Okolo is a fourth-year Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Computer Science at Cornell University. Before coming to Cornell, she graduated from Pomona College with a degree in Computer Science. Her research interests include explainable AI, human-AI interaction, global health, and information & communication technologies for development (ICTD). Within these fields, she works on projects to understand how frontline healthcare workers in low-resource regions perceive and value artificial intelligence (AI) and examines FATE (fairness, accountability, transparency, and ethics) in AI-enabled technologies deployed throughout the Global South, with a focus on healthcare. Learn more about Chinasa at www.chinasaokolo.com.

Biographical Details

Ethnic Heritage: Igbo, Nigerian

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri USA

High School: Lincoln College Preparatory Academy (LCPA)

Undergraduate Institution: Pomona College

Graduate Institution: Cornell University

Pronunciation

First name: Chee-nah-sah                 Last Name: Oh-koh-loh

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