Atoosa works with Principia to apply her academic research and business experience on the ethics of AI, ethical decision-making and foresight with our clients. Her work focuses on issues such as ethics and philosophy of AI and computing, algorithmic fairness, the roles of mathematics in empirical sciences and normative inquiry, the epistemological and social implications of mathematical and computational modelling in the socio-economic world, values in sciences and decision making, and modelling of morality. She has secondary interests in Middle Eastern (Islamic, Jewish, and Ancient Persian) philosophy.
Atoosa is a tenure-track assistant professor (Chancellor’s Fellow) in the philosophy department and the Edinburgh’s Futures Institute at the University of Edinburgh. She has served as a visiting research scientist at Google DeepMind in London and was listed as one of the 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics for 2021. She holds a Ph.D. in philosophy, specializing in the philosophy of science and technology, from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal and the Group for Research in Decision Analysis (GERAD) where she worked on developing mathematical models and computational algorithms for large-scale, data-driven decision making. She was a postdoctoral research fellow for the Humanizing Machine Intelligence Grand Challenge at the Australian National University. Before that Atoosa studied engineering and mathematics in Switzerland, Sweden, and Iran.