Esther's research blends methodological and applied techniques to study and design machine learning algorithms and systems with an emphasis on usability, data-efficiency and fairness. Some of her specific projects span developing algorithms and infrastructure for reliable environmental monitoring using machine learning, responsible and fair algorithm design and use, and the influence of data acquisition and representation on the efficacy and applicability of machine learning systems.
Esther is currently a fellow funded by the Harvard Data Science Initiative and the Center for Research on Computation and Society. She completed her PhD in Computer Science at UC Berkeley in 2022, where she was advised by Ben Recht and Michael I. Jordan. Esther’s PhD was supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, a Google Research Fellowship, and a UC Berkeley Stonebreaker Fellowship. Esther has won best paper awards at ICML (2018) and the Workshop on AI for Social Good at NeurIPS (2019).