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Mind the Gender Gap: The Hidden Data Gap in Transport

Centre for Transport Studies (CTS) Seminar Series

Tuesday, 30 July 2019 from 16:00 to 17:00 (BST)

Mind the Gender Gap: The Hidden Data Gap in Transport

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CTS seminars at UCL 5 Mar 2020 Free  

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Abstract

Algorithmic bias doesn’t start with the algorithms, it starts with the bias. That bias comes in two basic forms, one more active and one more passive; one about what is present and one what is absent. Both forms matter and often both come together. If we examine a data set, we might see clear differences between groups but be slower to spot – if we spot it at all – skews caused by the representation of those groups in the data set in the first place. If we survey bus passengers, we may find out important things about the needs of women travelling with small children (and their pushchair and paraphernalia), but we may overlook those who have been discouraged from travelling that way at all. That’s a very simple example, many are more subtle than that – but the essential point is that bias of absence is pervasive.

This TALKsystematically identifies and addresses those biases in the context of transport. It draws heavily on the approach of Caroline Criado Perez’s book, Invisible Women: Exposing the Data Bias in a World Designed for Men, illustrating the general point with pointers to a vast range of data and analysis.

 

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Nicole Badstuber is a researcher in urban infrastructure policy and governance at the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction at the University of Cambridge. Her research investigates the governance of smart cities and infrastructure. Nicole's doctoral research focuses on transport policy and governance for city regions. Nicole is currently a doctoral researcher at the Centre for Transport at UCL.

 

About the CTS Seminar Series

The CTS seminar series aims to facilitate discussion on current research topics in the transport field. Seminars are free of charge and open to all interested parties. Seminars are hosted jointly by the Centre for Transport Studies at University College London and Imperial College London. They are usually held in the afternoons at either University College London or Imperial College London.

 

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Room 102A, Chadwick Building, UCL, Gower St., London, WC1E 6BT

United Kingdom

Tuesday, 30 July 2019 from 16:00 to 17:00 (BST)


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Centre for Transport Studies (CTS) Seminar Series

The CTS seminar series aims to facilitate discussion on current research topics in the transport field. Seminars are hosted jointly by the Centre for Transport Studies at University College London and Imperial College London. They are usually held on Wednesday afternoons at either University College London or mperial College London.

Seminars are free of charge and open to all interested parties.

For further information and to subscribe to the mailing list: ctsseminarsucl@gmail.com  

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