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Mahsa Kiani

Mahsa Kiani is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of New Brunswick for Computer Science and Co-founder of MyData.

Mahsa is a full-stack data scientist with over a decade of experience as a programmer, researcher, and instructor. She is passionate about solving real-world problems using technology, in particular data science, artificial intelligence, and big data. She provides advice to entrepreneurs on turning AI and data science into concrete value.

Mahsa cofounded MyData, which is both an alternative vision and set of guiding technical principles for how people, as individuals, can have more control over the data trails they leave behind in everyday actions. The core idea isthat people should have an easy way to see where data about them goes, specify who can use it, and alter these decisions over time.

Mahsa is currently Researcher at Artificial Intelligence Open Network, Data Scientist at Data for Good, Advisory Board Member of Lifeboat Foundation, Ambassador of Women in Data Science, and Mentor at Coursera. She is also the Chair of IEEE Canada Student Activities, and an Executive Member of IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence.

Mahsa is the author of over a dozen scientific publications and has been recognized in hEr VOLUTION’s 150 Days of Canadian Women in STEM Initiative. She earned a Master’s in Computer Engineering, focusing on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, and a Bachelor’s in Computer Software Engineering. She also earned a Diploma for University Teaching from University of New Brunswick, and a Certificate for Appreciate Advising from Florida Atlantic University.