Emma Pierson, assistant professor of computer science at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech, is one of 19 researchers who have been awarded an AI2050 Early Career Fellowship from Schmidt Sciences for her work seeking to use artificial intelligence to promote equity.

Pierson, also a computer science field member at the Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science, is working on “Using LLMs (large-language models) for Health Equity.” As a member of the second cohort of Early Career Fellows, she will receive $300,000 over two years from Schmidt Sciences to further her work related to artificial intelligence and health care.

“I’m delighted and honored, and very much looking forward to meeting and possibly collaborating with the other fellows,” Pierson said. “I’m a big fan of work done by the previous cohort, and the funding will be invaluable to support students and postdocs interested in this research direction.”

Pierson will use her funding to explore how LLMs can be used to improve health equity by both cataloging and studying specific use cases. And instead of trying to mitigate AI’s biases, she will attempt to apply LLMs to enhance equity and expand opportunities for underserved and marginalized groups.

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