Reza Samavi

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Associate Professor Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science Department of Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering Toronto, Ontario samavi@torontomu.ca Office: (416) 979-5000 ext. 554903

Bio/Research

During the dot com boom, Reza Samavi founded his own successful start-up in software development. Then after a decade, he started rethinking what kind of impact he wanted to make in his work and switched to academia. “The pace of change in software was so quick and fundamentally impacting the way...

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Bio/Research

During the dot com boom, Reza Samavi founded his own successful start-up in software development. Then after a decade, he started rethinking what kind of impact he wanted to make in his work and switched to academia. “The pace of change in software was so quick and fundamentally impacting the way we socialize and make decisions,” says Samavi. “I began thinking about the ethical and social implications and realized I couldn’t develop new products without fully understanding their impact.”

Now as a professor, Samavi’s research lies at the intersections of artificial intelligence and machine learning, security and privacy. While most AI research is focused on the performance of AI, Samavi’s work examines if the algorithms are trustworthy, ethical and fair. “In the future, for example, rather than a committee hiring a new employee, an AI algorithm could decide,” says Samavi. “It could be very dangerous if we don’t trust that solution. In the next 10, 20 and 30 years, these will be the fundamental questions as we incorporate AI into society.”


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Media Relations

Irina Vukosavic
Media Relations Officer
irina.vukosavic@torontomu.ca
(416) 979-5000 ext. 557926

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