Simplify for Success - Conversation with Anjana Susarla

Anjana Susarla was on #SimplifyforSuccess, a podcast series presented by Meru Data and hosted by Priya Keshav to discuss IG programs.

As a professor of Responsible AI, Anjana spoke about AI-based bias and discrimination and why organizations should build and deploy AI in a responsible manner.

She discussed how data bias, bias from the method of training, and decision bias create a biased AI tool, and steps that can help build more responsible AI.

Listen to the podcast here:


Priya Keshav:

Hello everyone, welcome to our podcast around simplifying for success. Simplification requires discipline and clarity of thought. This is not often easy in today's rapid paced work environment.

We have invited a few colleagues in data and information governance space to share their strategies and approaches for simplification.

Today we will be talking with Anjana Susarla. Anjana earned an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, a graduate degree in Business administration from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and PhD in Information Systems from University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include the economics of information systems, social media analytics and the economics of artificial intelligence.

Her work has appeared in several academic journals and peer-reviewed conferences such as the Academy of Management Conference, Information Systems Research, International Conference and Information Systems Management Science and MIS quarterly.

Anjana Susarla has been the recipient of William S Livingston Award for outstanding graduate students at the University of Texas, a Steven Schrader best paper finalist at the Academy of Management and Association of Information System’s Best Publication Award. She has worked in consulting and experiential projects with several companies. She has been interviewed in and had op-eds research quoted and published in several media outlets such as Associated Press, BBC, Fox News, Houston Chronicle, Huffington Post, National Public Radio, NBC Washington Post, the week, wired World Economic Forum and Yahoo Finance.

Today, Anjana and I will be talking about responsible AI.

Anjana Susarla:

First of all, what do we mean by responsible AI? The use of artificial intelligence should not lead to discriminatory impacts on people?