Fernanda Viégas is a Principal Scientist at Google, whereby she co-leads the PAIR (People + AI Research) initiative and the Big Picture team.
Fernanda’s work in machine learning with Martin Wattenberg, her long-time collaborator, focuses on improving human/AI interaction with a broader agenda of democratizing AI technology.
Viégas is also interested in weaving societal expectations and values into the design and evaluation of AI systems.
I am a data visualization expert, known for my contributions to social and collaborative visualization. The systems my team, Martin and I have created are used daily by millions of people. My passion for making complex data understandable to lay viewers has led me to visualize wind currents, study collaboration patterns in Wikipedia, and create dynamic maps of news around the world. My visualization-based artwork with Martin has been exhibited worldwide, and is part of the permanent collection of Museum of Modern Art in New York.
She holds a PhD from the MIT Media Lab.
Having never met anyone like me (Latina, from a non-technical background) when I first started working in high tech, I am committed to increasing diversity in technological fields. I work with leaders and students to foster dialog and tackle the underrepresentation of women and minorities in computer science.