Edward Small presenting poster at the 2022 ADM+S Symposium

Edward Small selected for research program at the University of Bristol

Author Kathy Nickels
Date 27 March 2023

Edward Small, higher degree research student at the ARC Centre for Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society (ADM+S), RMIT University has been selected to undertake a four-month research program with Machine Learning and Computer Vision (MaVi) at the University of Bristol.

Applicants for this program are selected based on their academic excellence, previous experiences and references. 

Edward will receive supervision and support from Associate Professor Raul Santos-Rodriguez, to develop explainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI) tools in collaboration with Bristol General Hospital. 

Edward says he is incredibly excited to work with the University of Bristol and Prof. Raul Santos-Rodriguez. 

“Being a top 10 UK institution, and part of the Russel Group, Bristol has a strong track record in AI research that I hope to contribute to, and Raul is a leading researcher in human-centric machine learning and explainability,” he said

“I expect I will learn a lot, and I hope to come back to Australia to apply this new knowledge in innovative ways. I am very lucky to be a part of a centre like ADM+S, without whom an opportunity like this would be impossible to take up.”

Edward researches fairness, explainability, and transparency in automated decision-making with supervisors Prof Flora Salim, Dr Jeffrey Chan and Dr Kacper Sokol. 

His research examines the robustness and stability of current fairness strategies, and looks to resolve the mathematical conflict between group fairness and individual fairness. Edward’s work also looks at the scalability of automated explanations for machine learning models and questions whether explainable artificial intelligence induces fairness and utility or reduces it.

Edward will receive support from the ADM+S and Bristol University to undertake this research program.