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Asia J. Biega

Asia J. Biega

Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik
Department 5: Databases and Information Systems
 office: Campus E1 4, Room 424
Saarland Informatics Campus
66123 Saarbrücken
Germany
 email: j[ surname]@mpii.de or get my email address via email
 phone: +49 681 9325 5022

About

I have joined Microsoft Research Montreal as a postdoctoral researcher in the FATE team.

A common theme in my research is that of protecting user rights and well-being. I design ethically and socially responsible information and social computing systems and study how they interact with and influence their users.

My background is in information retrieval, information extraction, and data mining. I completed my PhD summa cum laude at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics and Saarland University advised by Gerhard Weikum and Krishna P. Gummadi. During that time, I was also a member of the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems. My doctoral work focused on the issues of privacy and fairness in search systems. I hold a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Wrocław, Poland. Outside of academia, I worked as an engineering intern in the privacy infrastructure team at Google and as a software developer in e-commerce.

Publications

[Google Scholar] [DBLP]

  • Two-Sided Fairness for Repeated Matchings in Two-Sided Markets: A Case Study of a Ride-Hailing Platform
    Tom Sühr, Asia J. Biega, Meike Zehlike, Krishna P. Gummadi, Abhijnan Chakraborty
    (KDD 2019) The 25th ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining
    [to appear]

  • On the Impact of Choice Architectures on Inequality in Online Donation Platforms
    Abhijnan Chakraborty, Nuno Mota, Asia J. Biega, Krishna P. Gummadi and Hoda Heidari
    (WWW 2019 - short) The Web Conference 2019
    [to appear]

  • Enhancing Privacy and Fairness in Search Systems
    Joanna Biega
    (PhD Thesis) Saarland University
    [PDF]

  • Equity of Attention: Amortizing Individual Fairness in Rankings
    Asia J. Biega, Krishna P. Gummadi, Gerhard Weikum
    (SIGIR 2018) 41st International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval
    [PDF]

  • Learning to Un-Rank: Quantifying Search Exposure for Users in Online Communities
    Asia J. Biega, Azin Ghazimatin, Hakan Ferhatosmanoglu, Krishna P. Gummadi, Gerhard Weikum
    (CIKM 2017) 26th ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management
    [PDF]

  • Privacy of Hidden Profiles: Utility-Preserving Profile Removal in Online Forums
    Sedigheh Eslami, Asia J. Biega, Rishiraj Saha Roy, Gerhard Weikum
    (CIKM 2017 - short) 26th ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management
    [PDF]

  • Fair Sharing for Sharing Economy Platforms
    Abhijnan Chakraborty, Asia J. Biega, Aniko Hannak, Krishna P. Gummadi
    (FATREC@RECSYS 2017) FATREC Workshop on Responsible Recommendation
    [PDF]

  • Privacy through Solidarity: A User-Utility-Preserving Framework to Counter Profiling
    Asia J. Biega, Rishiraj Saha Roy, Gerhard Weikum
    (SIGIR 2017) 40th International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval
    [PDF] [slides]

  • R-Susceptibility: An IR-Centric Approach to Assessing Privacy Risks for Users in Online Communities
    Joanna Asia Biega, Krishna P. Gummadi, Ida Mele, Dragan Milchevski, Christos Tryfonopoulos, Gerhard Weikum
    (SIGIR 2016) 39th International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval
    [PDF] [slides]

  • YAGO: A Multilingual Knowledge Base from Wikipedia, Wordnet, and Geonames
    Thomas Rebele, Fabian M. Suchanek, Johannes Hoffart, Joanna Asia Biega, Erdal Kuzey, Gerhard Weikum
    (ISWC 2016 - short) 15th International Semantic Web Conference
    [PDF]

  • IBEX: Harvesting Entities from the Web Using Unique Identifiers
    Aliaksandr Tailaika, Joanna Biega, Antoine Amarilli, Fabian M. Suchanek
    (WebDB@SIGMOD 2015) 18th International Workshop on the Web and Databases
    [PDF] [Technical report]

  • YAGO3: A Knowledge Base from Multilingual Wikipedias
    Farzaneh Mahdisoltani, Joanna Biega, Fabian M. Suchanek
    (CIDR 2015) 7th Biennial Conference on Innovative Data Systems Research
    [PDF] [slides]

  • Probabilistic Prediction of Privacy Risks in User Search Histories
    Joanna Biega, Ida Mele, Gerhard Weikum
    (PSBD@CIKM 2014) 1st International Workshop on Privacy and Security of Big Data
    [PDF] [slides]

  • Mining History with Le Monde
    Thomas Huet, Joanna Biega, Fabian M. Suchanek
    (AKBC@CIKM 2013) 3rd Workshop on Automated Knowledge Base Construction
    [PDF]

  • Inside YAGO2s: A Transparent Information Extraction Architecture
    Joanna Biega, Erdal Kuzey, Fabian M. Suchanek
    (WWW 2013 - demo) 22nd International World Wide Web Conference
    [PDF] [prezi]

Talks and Panels

Invited:
  • Enhancing Fairness and Privacy in Search Systems
    LMU Munich, Germany, March 2019
  • Enhancing Fairness and Privacy in Search Systems
    L3S Research Center, Hannover, Germany, January 2019
  • Enhancing Fairness and Privacy in Search Systems (poster)
    Microsoft Research AI Breakthroughs, Redmond, USA, September 2018
  • Enhancing Fairness and Privacy in Search Systems
    Microsoft Research Montreal, Canada, August 2018
  • Wanted and Unwanted Exposure: Investigating Fairness and Privacy Problems in Search Systems
    Wikimedia Foundation, remote, August 2018
  • Panel: How to mentor women in IR? What works, what doesn't, and why?
    Women in IR @ SIGIR 2018, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, July, 2018
  • Wanted and Unwanted Exposure: Investigating Fairness and Privacy Problems in Search Systems
    Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK, February 2018
  • At the Intersection of Information Retrieval and User Privacy
    Google Zurich, Switzerland, September 2017
  • IR-Centric Privacy Risk Assessment in Online Communities
    Data Science Tea, UMass Amherst, Massachusetts, USA, November 2015
Conference:
  • Equity of Attention: Amortizing Individual Fairness in Rankings
    SIGIR 2018, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, July, 2018
  • Learning to Un-Rank: Quantifying Search Exposure for Users in Online Communities
    CIKM 2017, Singapore, November 2017
  • Privacy through Solidarity
    SIGIR 2017, Tokyo, Japan, August 2017
  • R-Susceptibility: An IR-Centric Approach to Assessing Privacy Risks for Users in Online Communities
    SIGIR 2016, Pisa, Italy, July 2016
  • YAGO3: A Knowledge Base from Multilingual Wikipedias
    CIDR 2015, Asilomar, California, USA, January 2015
  • Probabilistic Prediction of Privacy Risks in User Search Histories
    PSBD@CIKM 2014, Shanghai, China, November 2014
  • Inside YAGO2s
    WWW 2013, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 2013

Academic Service

  • Co-Organizer:
  • Pogram committee:
    • SIGIR '19: ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval
    • CIKM '19: ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management
    • FAT* '19: ACM Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency
    • SDM '19: SIAM International Conference on Data Mining
  • Workshop program commitee:
  • Journal Reviewer:
    • Information Systems, 2017
    • ACM Transactions on the Web (TWEB), 2016

Teaching

Mentoring and Co-advising

  • Tom Sühr (TU Berlin), research internship, 2018.
  • Jana Schmidt (Saarland University), BSc thesis, 2018.
  • Sedigheh Eslami (Saarland University) MSc thesis, 2016-2017. Now a PhD student at Hasso Plattner Institute.
  • Azin Ghazimatin (Saarland University), research immersion lab, 2016. Now a PhD student at MPI-INF.

Private

Art: Music

  • Here's a piece from 'Balnicki Księżyc', an album we recorded with Matragona.

  • Here are some more recent gigs and recordings.

Art: Other

Name

It is common for Polish names to have diminutives. Asia is a diminutive form of Joanna, not a nickname, and not a continent name :-) If you're curious how to pronounce it, have a look here.