Danish Pruthi 2023 Early Career Fellow
Affiliation Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore Hard Problem Solved for access, participation, and agency in the development of AI and the growth of its ecosystem and its beneficial use for countries, companies, organizations, and segments of society and people, especially those not involved in the development of AI.

Danish Pruthi is an Assistant Professor at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. He received his Ph.D. from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He is broadly interested in the areas of natural language processing and deep learning, with a focus towards inclusive development and evaluation of AI models. He completed his bachelors degree in computer science from BITS Pilani, Pilani. He has spent time doing research at Google AI, Facebook AI Research, Microsoft Research, Amazon AI and IISc. He is also a recipient of the Siebel Scholarship, the CMU Presidential Fellowship and Adobe Research Award. His legal name was only Danish—a cause of airport quagmires and, in equal parts, funny anecdotes.

AI2050 Project

Danish Pruthi’s AI2050 project will attempt to characterize and improve the geographical representativeness of AI models. For AI systems to be broadly useful, it is important that they are geographically inclusive—that is, they encode information about different cultures and countries around the globe. Current AI models inordinately capture information about certain dominant groups and erase information about others. This research, if successful, would lead to AI models that can produce just as realistic pictures of houses in India as they do for houses in the USA, and accurately answer questions about Atal Bihari Vajpayee as they do about Barack Obama.