OIT Boston | Panel Discussion: Ethical AI for the LGBTQ+ Community


JAN 25, 2023: Join the OIT Boston Chapter in Natick, MA for an engaging panel discussion on sources of bias in AI, impacts of these biases on the LGBTQ community and other intersectional identities, limitations of AI, and ways to do better.

We are very grateful to have Mohammad Burhan, Mary L. Gray, Tomo Lazovich, and Felix Muzny on our panel, which will be moderated by Mathworks very own Heather Gorr, PhD.

Read more about these lovely humans below!

Panelist: Muhammad Burhan (they/them)

Engineering Program Manager

Public Speaker

About: Burhan is a mixed-media artist, tech enthusiast, and community organizer. Their work explores sustainability, culture, media, and LGBTQ+ rights, and they actively speak about the intersections between these topics at global universities, events, and conferences. Apart from their activism, you will find them working as an engineering program manager in the Greentech space.

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Panelist: Mary L. Gray (she/her)

Senior Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research

Faculty, Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University

About: Mary L. Gray is Senior Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and Faculty Associate at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. She maintains a faculty position in the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering with affiliations in Anthropology and Gender Studies at Indiana University. Mary, an anthropologist and media scholar by training, focuses on how people’s everyday uses of technologies transform labor, identity, and human rights. In 2020, Mary was named a MacArthur Fellow for her contributions to anthropology and the study of technology, digital economies, and society.

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Panelist: Tomo Lazovich (they/them)

Senior Research Scientist, Institute for Experiential AI, Northeastern University

About: Tomo Lazovich (they/them) is an interdisciplinary researcher and machine learning practitioner with years of experience building technical solutions to complex problems from the ground up. Their work currently focuses on understanding the impacts of algorithmic systems, developing novel technical approaches that better account for model impacts, and imagining more just and equitable socio-technical infrastructures. They are also dedicated to bridging the gap between academia, industry practitioners, and policymakers to better operationalize responsible machine learning practice.

Tomo is currently a Senior Research Scientist at Northeastern’s Institute for Experiential AI. Prior to that, they were a Senior Machine Learning Researcher at Twitter on the industry-leading ML Ethics, Transparency, and Accountability (META) team, where they developed a suite of metrics to measure inequality in outcomes that was ultimately deployed across the organization. They have also previously worked as an ML team lead at Lightmatter, adapting algorithms to the startup’s novel photonics-based hybrid digital-analog architecture, and at Draper, building deep learning architectures for the identification and repair of bugs in source code as part of the DARPA-funded MUSE program. Tomo holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard University, where their thesis was based on the discovery and subsequent study of the Higgs Boson at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. They are also currently a part-time JD candidate at Northeastern University, hoping to fuse their technical knowledge with legal expertise to build practical regulatory solutions for AI. In their free time, you can find them building LEGO projects, video and board gaming, or yelling at the TV about any number of sporting events.

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Panelist: Felix Muzny (they/he)

Clinical Instructor & Director of Teaching Assistants, Northeastern University

About: A fairly recent east coast transplant, Felix Muzny* (they/he) is teaching faculty at Northeastern University. This is their sixth year as teaching faculty, starting at the University of Colorado after doing their graduate work at Stanford University. Felix's current focus is on broadening participation in computing specifically by integrating ethics and social considerations into computing curricula and developing teaching assistant training programs with an eye towards increasing compassion and combating stereotypes within computing education. His research background is in Natural Language Processing, the field of "convincing computers to respond sensibly to human language". Felix is currently teaching the undergraduate version of this course, in which students regularly consider questions of "where did this data come from?", "who does it represent?", and "how do the systems we build in the end respond differently to users based on gender, race, etc?". Essentially, Felix works to push their students to consider questions like "why is Siri not equally good for everyone and what are our responsibilities as computer scientists?".


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Moderator: Heather Gorr, PhD (she/her)

Senior MATLAB Product Marketing Manager, Mathworks

About: Heather Gorr holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters and Bachelors of Science in Physics from Penn State University.

Since 2013, she has supported MATLAB users in the areas of mathematics, data science, deep learning, ethical AI, and application deployment. She currently acts a Senior Product Marketing Manager for MATLAB, leading technical marketing content in data science, AI, deployment, and advanced MATLAB and Python programming.

Prior to joining MathWorks, she was a Research Fellow, focused on machine learning for prediction of fluid concentrations.

Heather is also a musician and is the lead singer, songwriter, and guitar player for several bands. She is a current student at Berklee College of Music Online, pursuing Advanced Music Production.

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Natick, MA

Date & Time

Jan. 25, 2023, 6 p.m. - Jan. 25, 2023, 8 p.m.



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