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I’m a Ph.D. candidate at MIT CSAIL, advised by Professor David Sontag in the Clinical Machine Learning group. My research focuses on robust machine learning for real-world problems, particularly healthcare and fairness.

You can reach me at iychen [at] mit [dot] edu or on Twitter.


The Disparate Impacts of Medical and Mental Health with AI.
Irene Y. Chen, Peter Szolovits, Marzyeh Ghassemi.
AMA Journal of Ethics, February 2019.

Why Is My Classifier Discriminatory?
Irene Y. Chen, Fredrik D. Johansson, David Sontag.
NeurIPS 2018, Spotlight Presentation (top 4% of submitted papers).
[abstract, pdf, slides, poster]

Sources of Unfairness in Intensive Care Unit Mortality Scores.
Irene Y. Chen, Fredrik D. Johansson, David Sontag.
Women in Machine Learning Workshop at NeurIPS 2017.


At MIT, I served as a Teaching Assistant in Spring 2019 for Machine Learning for Healthcare. Our class was covered by MIT News.

At Harvard, I was awarded the Derek Bok Center Certificate of Distinction in Teaching for outstanding teaching evaluations. I served on the teaching staff of the following Harvard classes:

Hobbies and interests

In my free time, I enjoy long distance running, reading books, and discussing AI ethics.