Portrait of Jennifer Wortman Vaughan

Jennifer Wortman Vaughan

Senior Principal Researcher


Hi! I’m Jenn Wortman Vaughan, a Senior Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, NYC.

My research background is in machine learning and algorithmic economics. These days I spend the bulk of my time on responsible AI—specifically transparency, interpretability, and fairness of AI systems—as part of Microsoft’s FATE group and Co-Chair of Microsoft’s Aether working group on transparency. I am interested in the interaction between people and AI, and have often studied this interaction in the context of prediction markets and other crowdsourcing systems. My passion is for AI that augments, rather than replaces, human abilities. A big fraction of my work has been theoretical—I like a nice clean model that captures the essence of a problem and provable guarantees—but, thanks to the amazing interdisciplinary environment where I work, I’ve begun incorporating more experiments and even qualitative methods into my research in order to better understand human behavior in sociotechnical systems. I occasionally speak about societal issues around AI.

I am very active in the research community. I will be serving as Program Co-Chair of NeurIPS 2021. I have also recently served as the (Program and General) Co-Chair of HCOMP 2019, the Workshops Chair of NeurIPS 2019, the Tutorial Co-Chair of both NeurIPS 2017 and 2018, the Workshops Co-Chair of both EC 2017 and 2018, the Press Co-Chair of ICML 2019, and the Secretary-Treasurer of SigEcom from 2015-2019. I am a Steering Committee Member of ACM FAccT and a Senior Advisor to WiML (which I co-founded back in 2006).

See my website for more information and a full publication list. My standard bio (for talk announcements, etc.) is here. You can also find me on Twitter.