Torty began her Doctorate at the Turing in September 2019. She is based at the University of Bristol where she also completed her MEng in Computer Science in June 2018. Throughout her degree, Torty became interested in the negative impacts of technology on society, culminating in her master’s thesis, “Towards ethical moral machines”. The thesis, grounded in the autonomous vehicle domain, assesses recent attempts to model human morality and particularly scrutinises the effects of model assumptions on results.
Before enrolling at the Turing, Torty has travelled the world. From Guatemala to Japan, she was particularly interested in the different ways technology has impacted local people and hopes to use her experiences in future work. She is currently working on a platform that breaks down state-of-the-art AI articles to present their findings in an accessible way, in the hope that the wider public can become more aware of the technology being developed around them.
Torty’s PhD research is focused on addressing ethical concerns within automated decision-making systems. She intends to focus on the computational methodology that will increase trust in these systems. Specific areas she is considering include, fairness and representability of data, understanding human decision making through computer modelling, non-parametric techniques to model complex decisions and human-computer interaction in automated decision making.
Thanks to her computer science background, Torty is interested in how programming tools can be leveraged to facilitate ethical AI and is keen to develop open-source software in this domain. As the future success of ethical AI will be dependent on multi-disciplinary sources, Torty is particularly excited to collaborate with academics from the Turing. She hopes that combining her research with that of ethicists, lawyers, philosophers and psychologists will transport her research from theoretical to practical.