Nidhi Hegde, PhD

Associate Professor, Faculty of Science - Computing Science


Associate Professor, Faculty of Science - Computing Science



I'm an Associate Professor in the Department of Computing Science and a PI at Amii.

Before joining the University of Alberta in February 2020, I spent many years in industry research working on many interesting problems. Most recently I was a research team lead at Borealis AI (a research institute for the Royal Bank of Canada), where my team worked on privacy-preserving methods for machine learning models and other applications for the bank. Prior to that I spent many years in research labs such as Bell Labs, Technicolor, and Orange.

Please see here for more details.


My research interests are in probabilistic modelling and algorithmic design of machine learning for networked and multi-agent systems, and inference under bias and privacy constraints. 

My current focus is on privacy, and fairness and bias in machine learning.

Please see dblp, Google scholar for a complete publication list.


CMPUT 200 - Ethics of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

This course focuses on ethics issues in Artificial Intelligence ethics in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data Science (DS). The main themes are privacy, fairness/bias, and explainability in DS. The objectives are to learn how to identify and measure these aspects in outputs of algorithms, and how to build algorithms that correct for these issues. The course will follow a case-studies based approach, where we will examine these aspects by considering real-world case studies for each of these ethics issues. The concepts will be introduced through a humanities perspective before a technical treatment including implementation work. Prerequisite: CMPUT 174 or 274. Co-requisite: CMPUT 191.

CMPUT 605 - Topics in Computing Science

Browse more courses taught by Nidhi Hegde