Understanding Emerging Technologies, Racial Equity, and the Future of Work

This NSF funded project brings together experts from across the social sciences, computer sciences, and engineering. The major goal of the workshop is to develop a shared knowledge of the current social organizational and technological processes transforming labor markets, and lay out research questions that will engage computer scientists, engineers, and social scientists in imagining brighter futures. The workshop will produce communication products that will be shared with key stakeholders like labor and business leaders, entrepreneurs, and nonprofit advocates, as well as state and local policymakers. The communication products will aid in developing an informed central research agenda that will increase the likelihood of positive impact on technology, equity, and work. We anticipate this workshop will be an important, and much needed conversation around crucial questions of racial disparities in automation and work, particularly the social and technical challenges of shaping emergent technologies that are equitable and result in "good" jobs for a wider range of workers.

The project develops research questions and agendas around the following topics:

  • add Artificial Intelligence and Job Training to Empower People
  • add Who Designs New Technologies and for Whom
  • add Self-Driving Cars and Who is Affected
  • add How Cities can be Innovative and Racially Integrated
  • add What is a Good Job and How all Workers can have one

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Academic Participants

Name Affilitation Details
Ifeoma Ajunwa Cornell University Industrial and Labor Relations School
Renata Revelo Alonso University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen University of Buffalo Department of Geography
Ruha Benjamin Princeton University Department of African American Studies
Program in the History of Science
Department of Sociology
Center for Health and Wellbeing
Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies
Program in Global Health and Health Policy
Margrit Betke Boston University Department of Computer Science
The Image and Video Computing Group
Anna Branch University of Massachusetts Amherst Sociology Department, Chancellor's Office
Joel Branch LucD
Carla Brodley Northeastern University
Department of Computer Science
Applied Machine Learning Group
Robbin Chapman Wellesley College Department of Education
Provost's Office
Vincent Conitzer Duke University Computer Science
Economics
Philosophy
Jordan Crouser Smith College Department of Computer Science
Statistical and Data Science
Haydee Cuevas Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University School of Graduate Studies
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
Cedric De Leon Tufts University Department of Sociology
Tawanna Dillahunt University of Michigan School of Information
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Ray Fouche Purdue College School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Jason Garvey University of Vermont Department of Leadership and Developmental Sciences
Juan Gilbert University of Florida Computer & Information Science & Engineering
Human-Experience Research Lab
Michael Goodman University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Public Policy
Public Policy Center
Darrick Hamilton The New School Department of Economics
Milano School of International Affairs and Management
Sneha Veeragoudar Harrell Massachusetts Institute of Technology National Center for Women & Information Technology
Kaye Husbands Fealing Georgia Institute of Technology School of Public Policy
Charles Isbell Georgia Institute of Technology School of Interactive Computing
GVU Center + Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Machines
Kelly Joyce Drexel University Center for Science, Technology and Society
Department of Sociology
Nancey Green Leigh Georgia Institute of Technology School of City and Regional Planning
College of Design
Edward Malecki Ohio State University Department of Geography
Edward (Ned) Moore Central Connecticut State University Engineering
Alondra Nelson Columbia University Department of Sociology
Social Science Research Council
Deborah Nightingale National Academy of Engineering
Mia Ong TERC
Jason Owen-Smith University of Michigan Barger Leadership Institute
Institute for Research on Innovation and Science
Marie Paretti Virginia Tech Department of Engineering Education
Virginia Tech Engineering Communications Center
Henry Renski University of Massachusetts Amherst Landscape Architecture & Regional Plan
Institute for Social Science Reseach
Shannon Roberts University of Massachusetts Amherst Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department
Susan Roberts Worcester Polytechnic Institute Chemical Engineering Department
Biology and Biotechnology Department
Biomedical Engineering Department
Julie Shah Massachusetts Institute of Technology Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
Interactive Robotics
Laurel Smith-Doerr University of Massachusetts Amherst Sociology Department
Institute for Social Science Research
Anna Swan Boston University Dept.of Electrical and Computer Engineering
BU Photonics Center
Moshe Vardi Rice University Computer Science Dept.
The Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology
Langdon Winner Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Science and Technology Studies
Shlomo Zilberstein University of Massachusetts Amherst Resource Bounded Reasoning Lab
Information & Computer Science

Stakeholder Participants

Name Affilitation
Kenneth Bailey Design Studio for Social Interaction
Mareshia Donald AWIS
Thomas Fitzgerald Massachusetts State Police
Manish Gaurav Burning Glass Technologies
Angela Johnson Transportation for Massachusetts
Sandra Kogan IBM
Ted Landsmark Dukakis Center Northeastern University
Joseph McLaughlin Boston Private Industry Council
Matthew Poirier USDOT-FMCSA
Anjali Sakaria Boston Federal Reserve
David Sittenfeld Museum of Science
Katie Stebbins UMass Presidents Office
Nancy Taylor Old South Church Boston
Anika Van Eaton Boston Private Industry Council
Ryan Wallace Maine Center for Business and Economic Research
Victor Woolridge UMass Housing Authority
Karen Yee AWIS