Fay Cobb Payton

Fay Cobb Payton is affiliated with North Carolina State University.[1]

She is a Charter Member of The PhD Project Information Systems Doctoral Student Association.[2]She is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology and holds a second bachelor's degree and an MBA from Clark Atlanta University.[3]Payton has been actively involved in The PhD Project since 1996, two years after it was created by the KPMG Foundation, Graduate Management Admissions Council, Citi Foundation and AACSB International.[4]She was named the 2016 North Carolina Technology Association Tech Educator of the Year and received the 2013 National Coalition of Women in Information Technology Undergraduate Mentoring Award.[4]She has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, conference publications and book chapters, and has presented her research at national and international conferences and symposia in the U.S. and in China, Nigeria, Netherlands, Canada, Greece, Ireland, UK, Ghana and other countries.[4]In addition to her teaching schedule, she is active in research, focusing on the areas of health care IT and informatics, user interface design, STEM participation, diversity & inclusion, and systems implementation.[5]

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How to Fix Bias against Women and Latinos in Artificial Intelligence Algorithms

"There are countless stories about the ways bias manifests itself in artificial intelligence, and there are many pieces of thinking about what contributes to this bias," Fay Payton, professor of information systems/technology on the faculty at the University of North Carolina, said in a news release. For researchers at these universities, the goal is to propose guidelines that can help develop viable solutions to eliminate bias in algorithms against women, African Americans, and Latinos who are part of the workforce in information technology companies.[6]


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Study Finds Persistence of Stereotypical Negative Images of Women in Tech

A new study led by Fay Cobb Payton, a program director in the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the National Science Foundation, finds that women in STEM disciplines are still portrayed in stereotypical ways in popular media. Before joining the National Science Foundation in 2018, Dr. Payton served on the faculty at North Carolina State University.[7]


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    Study Finds Persistence of Stereotypical Negative Images of Women in Tech2019-05-20