This summer, Prof. Zaid Harchaoui and Prof. Abel Rodriguez served as instructors in the AI4ALL program hosted by the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology (TCAT) and co-sponsored by the Institute for Foundation of Data Science (IFDS), both at the University of Washington. AI4ALL@UW is a free, two-week data science and artificial intelligence introductory workshop for rising high school juniors, high school seniors, or college freshmen targeting students from traditionally underrepresented groups.  At the workshop, students will learn how to understand, analyze, interpret, and discuss real-world applications of data science and machine learning with the ultimate goal of understanding impactful technology decisions.  The program is sanctioned by the AI4ALL Foundation.

Harchaoui lecturers focused on the concept of optimal transport and its application in Data Science. Rodriguez lectures focused on Bayesian statistics, with a focus on classification tasks.  In addition to discussing technical topics, the lectures provided an opportunity for students to ask questions about the personal journey of the instructors.