Inventing Ourselves: Responsibility and Diversity in Research

This piece was a contribution to the wonderful book by Gavin Brown, Chapter X in How to Get Your PhD: A Handbook for the Journey (OUP, 2021). It shares one view on how we, as scientists, can respond to diversity and inclusion, and hopefully interesting to everyone (beyond the early-career scientist). A letter to the ...

Pain and Machine Learning 1

Pain and Machine Learning
Was so excited to get this opportunity to talk about pain and learning at the NeurIPS2020 Workshop on Biological and Artificial RL. This is the text of the talk. Collaboration with Daniel Ott.🎞Watch the video here; 🖥 slides here; 📜 paper here. Hello Hello hello. I was so excited and grateful for the opportunity to give a ...

Through the Eyes of Birds and Frogs: Writing and Surveys in Machine Learning Research 2

Through the Eyes of Birds and Frogs: Writing and Surveys in Machine Learning Research
Savoured the opportunity to talk about writing surveys and reviews at the NeurIPS2020 Workshop on ML Retrospectives, Surveys & Meta-Analyses (ML-RSA) This is the text of the talk. 🎞Watch the video here and 🖥 slides here Hello! My name is Shakir Mohamed, and I am humbled and at the same time, extremely excited to give ...

Imaginations of Good, Missions for Change

Imaginations of Good, Missions for Change
Was grateful to be given the opportunity to support the 2020 TechAide AI4Good conference. This is the text of the talk. You can find the video here. Greetings! It’s so  great to be with you here today as part of the 2020 TechAide AI4GOOD Conference. My name is Shakir Mohamed, and my pronouns are he/they. ...

Queering Machine Learning

Queering Machine Learning
I am incredibly humbled to have been able to give a short talk at the Queer in AI workshop at ICML2020. This is the text of the talk. Watch the video. Look through the slides. What an experience we are all having in recording these videos! Of all the videos you could be watching, Thank ...

Queer Exceptionalism in Science

Queer Exceptionalism in Science
Written during the 2020 LGBTQ History Month Remembrance that takes place during February each year in the UK.Read in 5mins (800 words) Today’s queer scientist is exceptional. Exceptional as in extraordinary and remarkable; exceptional as in unusual and strange. This is a state of ambiguity that isn’t surprising, since each year, especially during LGBTQ History ...

Machinery of Grace

Machinery of Grace
Shakir Mohamed | 1345 words (~14mins). Will link to video and slides once it's ready. for TEDxLSTM: Unknown Destinations Dearest, Dearest, note how these two are alike: This harpsichord pavane by Purcell And the racer’s twelve-speed bike. The machinery of grace is always simple. These are the opening lines from a poem entitled Machines by ...

A New Consciousness of Inclusion in Machine Learning 1

A New Consciousness of Inclusion in Machine Learning
On LGBT Freedoms and our Support for Machine Learning in Africa This is an exploration of my thinking and my personal views. Read in · 1147 words · Soon, in two neighbouring countries in Africa, two large machine learning events will take place: one in Nairobi in Kenya, and another in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. ...

Racialised Lives and the Life Beyond

Racialised Lives and the Life Beyond
I spoke at the 2019 Equality in Science Symposium at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. This is the text of  my contribution, and you can watch the video (jump to 2:20:50). Read in 15mins. is truly an honour to be here with you today. How amazing to be in this historic city of Liverpool, ...

Talk: How Do We Support Under-represented Groups To Put Themselves Forward? 2

Talk: How Do We Support Under-represented Groups To Put Themselves Forward?
I gave a talk at the Royal Society's 2018 annual diversity conference. This is the text of  my contribution; you can also see the video here. Thank you to all the organisers of this year’s annual conference for this very special opportunity to speak to you all today. My aim today is to spark a ...