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Professor, PhD students and alumnus among Schwartz Reisman Institute 2023 fellows

Submitted on Tuesday, June 06, 2023

The Faculty of Information is proud to share that Professor Shion Guha, PhD students Hiu-Fung Chung and Kelly McConvey, and alumnus Jamie Duncan are among the talented Schwartz Reisman Institute fellowship recipients for 2023.

The Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society welcomed four new faculty fellows and sixteen new graduate fellows from across the University of Toronto into its 2023 cohort. From computer science, medical biophysics, and applied engineering to architecture, psychology, and philosophy, Schwartz Reisman fellowships support interdisciplinary research projects that build new approaches to examine the complex relations between technology and society.

Shion Guha is an assistant professor in U of T’s Faculty of Information, with a cross-appointment in the Department of Computer Science. His research interests encompass human-computer interaction, data science, and public policy, including the development of the nascent field of human-centred data science. Guha’s work aims to understand how algorithmic decision-making processes are designed, implemented, and evaluated in public services such as child welfare and criminal justice. His current research combines critical, interpretive methodologies with computational approaches through a human-centered design lens to improve the relationship between algorithms and society. Guha will be presenting at the Schwartz Reisman Institute’s upcoming Toronto Public Tech Workshop.

Hiu-Fung Chung is a PhD student in the Faculty of Information where his research interests include labour and work, inequality, digital capitalism, and political sociology in an East Asian context. His current work explores how the uses of artificial intelligence influence professional fields in Hong Kong with a focus on the construction of disadvantages and privileges and the relationship between AI, work, and inequalities.

Kelly McConvey is a PhD student in the Faculty of Information who specializes in human-centered data science, AI and public policy, and algorithmic bias. Her current research explores algorithmic decision-making and digital surveillance in higher education, including the ways in which student learning analytics data is generated, transmitted, shared, and used for decision-making. McConvey will be presenting at the Schwartz Reisman Institute’s upcoming Toronto Public Tech Workshop on a recent paper co-authored with SRI Faculty Fellow Shion Guha.

Jamie Duncan is a Master of Information alumnus and currently a PhD candidate in the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, where he studies information policy and technology governance, with a focus on security, migration, and policing. His research blends computational and qualitative methods to understand how state officials, corporate suppliers, and advocacy organizations influence the adoption of new technologies for border security.