Nov 1, 2018
Fatma Mili is Dean of the College of
Computing and Informatics (CCI) at the University of North Carolina
at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte). Before joining the faculty at UNC
Charlotte in 2017, Fatma was a professor of computer science at
Purdue University, where she was the founder and director of the
Center for Trans-Institutional Capacity Building and Educational
Equity in STEM at the Purdue Discovery Park. She founded the Purdue
Polytechnic Institute, an academic educational research institute
to foster modern, transdisciplinary education. Her interests
include spearheading new curricular innovations to equip students
to shape the future. Fatma earned a bachelor’s degree in
computer science from Universite Villetaneuse and a Ph.D. in
Computer Science from Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris,
This episode is perfect for anyone interested in
computer science, artificial intelligence, big data, and the values
we need to shape the future.
IN THIS EPISODE
- Fatma describes the College of Computing and
Informatics (CCI) at UNC Charlotte.
- She explains what she does as dean of
- She discusses the three transformative values
at the core of CCI.
- She defines informatics, big data, artificial
intelligence and machine learning.
- Fatma answers where we are right now in the
development of artificial intelligence.
- She addresses machine consciousness and
whether computers can feel emotions.
- She considers an argument made by Yuval Harari of
Oxford University about how artificial intelligence can
give rise to tyranny.
- She outlines two ways humanity can respond to
- Fatma talks about human biases programmed within computer
systems, centralized versus decentralized processing of
information, the transferring of human decision-making to
algorithms, and the 'data industrial
- She answers whether CCI is contributing to the
weaponization of data.
- She identifies what values should guide whether someone
should do what they can do.
- She reflects on growing up in Tunisia and learning
Arabic, French and English.
- Fatma remembers her time studying computer science in
- She talks about teaching at Oakland University in Michigan, her
scholarship, and redefining computer science
education at Purdue University.
- She answers why she came to work at UNC
- Fatma reveals what is most important to
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