Fariba Karimi wins DPG Young Scientist Award
Assistant professor Fariba Karimi receives the prestigious socio- and econophysics prize for her efforts in researching inequality in complex networks.
With the Young Scientist Award for Socio- and Econophysics, the German Physical Society (DPG) honors Fariba Karimi’s work as network and data scientist contributing to the advancement of socio-economic research dedicated to the betterment of society.
Fariba Karimi’s contribution is to use methods from statistical physics and network theory to develop new types of network models that are better suited to study pressing societal issues such as visibility of minorities and structural marginalization in society and algorithms. This novel perspective has opened up new avenues of research to study inequalities computationally and through complex system perspective with important applications in AI systems.
The award will be handed over at the upcoming DPG Spring Meeting, taking place in Dresden from March 26 to March 31, 2023. On this occasion, Fariba Karimi will give a talk on marginalization in society and algorithms.
About Fariba Karimi
Fariba Karimi has joined TU Wien Informatics in January 2023 as a tenure track assistant professor of Complexity Science for Societal Good in the new Research Unit for Data Science. In collaboration with the Complexity Science Hub Vienna, where she is leading a team on Computational Social Sciences, Fariba Karimi is focussing on network inequality and bias in AI systems.
About the Young Scientist Award for Socio- and Econophysics
The Young Scientist Award for Socio- and Econophysics of the German Physical Society (DPG) recognizes outstanding original contributions that use physical methods to develop a better understanding of socio-economic problems. The annually awarded prize is intended for young scientists below the age of 40 at the time of submission deadline. The division of socio-economic physics (SOE) is a division of the German Physical Society (DPG) devoted to the “Physics of Socio-Economic Systems”. Its aims are to foster research on these topics and to coordinate our activities and those of similar societies across Europe, and to interest young physicists in economic, urban, and social problems. The prize is awarded during the meeting of the Section of condensed matter (SKM) of the DPG.