Jahna Otterbacher

Jahna Otterbacher Foto: Jahna Otterbacher
Jahna Otterbacher received her doctorate from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, USA), where she was a member of the Computational Linguistics and Information Retrieval (CLAIR) research group. She is currently Assistant Professor at the Open University of Cyprus (OUC), Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences. Jahna coordinates the Cyprus Center for Algorithmic Transparency (CyCAT) at the OUC, funded by the H2020 Widespread Twinning program. The CyCAT seeks to promote transparency and accountability in algorithmic systems that people routinely use, but that are rather opaque to them (e.g., search engines), through three types of interventions – data-, developer- and user-focused. In addition to her post at the OUC, Jahna holds a concurrent appointment as team leader of the Transparency in Algorithms Group at RISE (Research centre on Interactive media, Smart systems and Emerging technologies), a new center of excellence and innovation in Nicosia, Cyprus, in collaboration with two international Advanced Partners, UCL and MPI.