Who I Am

I am currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at Microsoft Research, NYC, working with the FATE (Fairness, Accountability, Transparency, and Ethics in AI) research group. I recently completed my PhD at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, where I was a Siebel Scholar and a fellow in the PIER Program in Interdisciplinary Education Research. Before that, I completed an M.S. in the Digital Media program at Georgia Tech and was a teacher at a public school in Maryland.

What I Do

My research draws on theories and methods from HCI to support fairness and equity in AI, focusing on understanding and supporting AI practitioners in their fairness work in practice, as well as understanding how stakeholders impacted by AI may participate in designing more fair and responsible AI. I am particularly interested in how these approaches take shape in applications in educational AI systems (including NLP applications in education) and in public sector AI/ML systems more generally.

Recent News

December 2021 Two workshop papers were accepted to the Human-Centered AI workshop at NeurIPS 2021, one on mapping current trends in participatory AI design (with Fernando Delgado, Stephen Yang, and Qian Yang) and the other on how AI teams assess fairness in AI systems, based on the CSCW'22 paper.
September 2022 A paper on how AI teams assess fairness of their systems was accepted to the Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) 2022 conference! Co-authored with Lisa Egede, Hari Subramonyam, Jennifer Wortman Vaughan, and Hanna Wallach.
August 2021 A book chapter on structural injustice in educational AI will be published in a forthcoming book on ethics in AI for education, forthcoming from Routledge. Co-authored with Su Lin Blodgett, Elijay Mayfield, and Ezekiel Dixon-Román.
April 2021 Co-organized a workshop on the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction and Natural Language Processing at the EACL conference in April 2021. Co-organized with Su Lin Blodgett, Brendan O'Connor, Hanna Wallach, and Qian Yang.

Selected Publications

Madaio, M., Egede, L., Subramonyam, H., Wortman Vaughan, J., & Wallach, H. (2022). Assessing the Fairness of AI Systems: AI Practitioners’ Processes, Challenges, and Needs for Support. Proc. ACM Hum.-Comput. Interact. 6, CSCW1, Article 52 (April 2022), 26 pages. https://doi.org/10.1145/3512899. [pdf]

Madaio, M., Stark, L., Wortman Vaughan, J., Wallach, H. (2020). Prompting Conversations about Fairness in AI Design with Checklists. Presented at the Ethics in Design Workshop at the 2020 CSCW Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing. [pdf]

Madaio, M., Stark, L., Wortman Vaughan, J., Wallach, H. (2020). Co-Designing Checklists to Understand Organizational Challenges and Opportunities around Fairness in AI. In the Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 1-14). [pdf]
Best Paper Award

Madaio, M., Stark, L., Wortman Vaughan, J., Wallach, H. (2020). The Need for Top-Level Performance Indicators to Support Fairness in AI. Presented at the Workshop on Fair and Responsible AI at the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. [pdf]

Black, E., Williams, J., Madaio, M., Donti, P.L. (2020). A Call for Universities to Develop Requirements for Community Engagement in AI Research. Presented at the Workshop on Fair and Responsible AI at the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. [pdf]

Madaio, M., Yarzebinski, E., Kamath, V., Akpe, H., Blahoua Seri, A., Tanoh, F., Jasinska, K. & Ogan, A. (2020). Collective Support and Independent Learning with a Voice-Based Literacy Technology in Rural Communities. In the Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 1-14). [pdf]

Chatterjee, R., Madaio, M., Ogan, A. (2020). Predicting Gaps in Usage in a Phone-Based Literacy Intervention System. In the Proceedings of the In International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education (pp. 92-105). Springer, Cham. [pdf]
Best Student Paper Award


Mayfield, E., Madaio, M., Prabhumoye, S., Gerritsen, D., McLaughlin, B., Dixon-Roman, E., Black, E. (2019). Equity Beyond Bias in Language Technologies for Education. In 14th Workshop on Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications, at ACL 2019. [pdf]

Madaio, M., Martin, S.E. (2019). Who owns the Smart City? Towards an Ethical Framework for Civic AI. In Scherling, Laura, and Andrew DeRosa, eds. Ethics in Design and Communication: Critical Perspectives. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2020. [book] [pre-print of the chapter available on request].

Madaio, M., Kamath, V., Yarzebinski, E., Zasacky, S., Tanoh, F., Hannon-Cropp, J., Cassell, J., Jasinska, K. & Ogan, A. (2019). "You Give a Little of Yourself": Family Support for Children’s Use of an IVR Literacy System. In the Proceedings of the 2019 ACM SIGCAS Conference on Computing and Sustainable Societies (ACM COMPASS). [pdf]
Best Paper Award

Madaio, M., Tanoh, F., Blahoua Seri, A., Jasinska, K. & Ogan, A. (2019). "Everyone Brings Their Grain of Salt": Designing for Low-Literate Parental Engagement with a Mobile Literacy Technology in Côte d'Ivoire. Accepted to the 2019 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI). [pdf]


Lee, J., Lin, Y., and Madaio, M. (2018). A Longitudinal Evaluation of a Deployed Fire Risk Model. In the AI for Social Good Workshop at the Neural Information Processing System Conference. (NeurIPS 2018). [pdf]

Singh Walia, B., Hu, Q., Chen, J., Chen, F., Lee, J., Kuo, N., Narang, P., Batts, J., Arnold, G., and Madaio, M. (2018). A dynamic pipeline for spatio-temporal fire risk prediction. In Proceedings of the 24th ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining. (KDD). [pdf]


Madaio, M., Chen, S.T, Haimson, O.L., Zhang, W., Cheng, X., Hinds-Aldrich, M., Chau, D.H., and Dilkina, B. (2016). Firebird: Predicting Fire Risk and Prioritizing Fire Inspections in Atlanta. In Proceedings of the 22nd ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining. ACM. 2016, pp. 185–194. [pdf]
Best Student Paper, Runner-Up