Participatory Machine Learning (ML) brings the tradition of participatory and community-based design, which actively involves all stakeholders throughout the product or service design process to ensure their needs are met, to the specific requirements and processes of building ML and artificial intelligence (AI) systems. We believe a participatory approach that treats ML and AI system developers and their stakeholders as equals in the process of choosing which problems to solve, selecting data for model building, defining the success criteria for solutions, and ensuring solutions meet the needs of all stakeholders in a sustainable manner is essential for a fair and equitable future.
The field of participatory ML is new and growing. More research that employs participatory techniques and research on those techniques themselves is needed.
For our 2022 program, we call for proposals specifically in the areas of:
- How to increase participation of stakeholders from historically marginalized or underserved communities in the development and deployment of ML and AI systems and policies
- Boundary objects - e.g. open source tools, industry guidelines, simulations and visualizations, art or installations - that bring disparate stakeholder groups together
- New ways to contextualize and examine the applications of ML and AI systems in local cultural and regulatory realities
- Examining the power dynamics and their implications between ML and AI developers and policy makers and the communities affected by what they build
Research in this area will inform how Google and the tech industry can work with communities and policy makers to create AI and ML systems and policies that enable fair, equitable, and sustainable solutions that benefit all stakeholders.
We welcome researchers from any field who prioritize participation and co-creation with stakeholders in their work to apply.