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Joanna Asia 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'm a PhD candidate advised by Gerhard Weikum and Krishna P. Gummadi (MPI-SWS). The overarching goal of my research is to understand and quantify threats to user rights and well-being in digital systems, as well as to design new systems that respect their users. My doctoral work has focused on privacy and fairness in information retrieval.

Prior to joining MPI as a PhD student, I was a member of the YAGO team headed by Fabian M. Suchanek, contributing to projects in the area of information extraction and knowledge bases. I got my MSc and BSc degrees from the University of Wrocław, Poland. Outside of academia, my professional experience includes work on large-scale privacy infrastructure as an intern at Google Zurich, and two years of software development for e-commerce systems with the creative bunch at Mirumee among others.

I am on the job market.

I'm interested in postdoctoral or research scientist positions focused broadly on users and user rights (such as privacy and fairness) in digital systems (AI, social computing). Drop me a line if you think we might be a good match.

Publications

[Google Scholar] [DBLP]

  • 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 (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

Service

  • PC member: FAT* '19, SDM '19
  • Reviewer: Information Systems: 2017
  • Reviewer: ACM Transactions on the Web (TWEB): 2016
  • PC member: Drift-a-LOD, Workshop on the Detection, Representation and Management of Concept Drift in Linked Open Data: 2016

Teaching

Mentoring and Co-advising

  • Tom Sühr (TU Berlin), research internship, 2018-now.
  • 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.