Spring 2022 ProSeminar Highlight: Dr. Scott Zoldi, FICO

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The MSS program was thrilled to welcome Dr. Scott Zoldi, Chief Analytics Officer at FICO, to our spring ProSeminar class. Dr. Zoldi spoke to MSS students and some faculty guests (including his own Ph.D. advisor, Dr. Henry Greenside) about pragmatic approaches to responsible AI use. The danger of AI is at an all-time high with researchers, companies, and the public all increasingly concerned with improperly built automated decisioning that negatively impacts human lives.  He discussed the context of the principles of Responsible AI including Robust AI, Explainable AI, Ethical AI, and Auditable AI, and explored methods of interpretable ML, transparency, and rigorous bias mitigation methods.  Further, he introduced an AI model development governance framework to move from admiring the problem to focusing on re-establishing trust and proof of work in meeting Responsible AI standards. Students and faculty were also able to socialize informally with Dr. Zoldi after his talk at a program-sponsored Happy Hour.

At FICO, Dr. Zoldi is responsible for the analytic development of product and technology solutions. While at FICO, he has been responsible for authoring more than 100 analytic patents, with 68 patents granted and 43 in process. He is actively involved in the development of new analytic products, purpose-built machine learning algorithms, and frameworks of responsible AI. Dr. Zoldi is most recently focused on Ethical AI and Unsupervised Machine Learning. He serves on two boards of directors, including Tech San Diego and Cyber Center of Excellence. He received his Ph.D. in theoretical computational physics from Duke University.

Read more about Dr. Zoldi’s lecture on the FICO blog.