A. Stevie Bergman, PhD
Hi there. I consider myself a public interest scientist of sorts,
with a global, human rights and ethics focus. I research questions
at the interface of technology and society.
I have a strong interest in tech policy and over a decade of
experience in science & technology communication.
PhD Phyics, Princeton // Fulbright scholar // Peace Corps Volunteer, Uganda
WPRB 103.3 FM, These Vibes Are Too Cosmic // Paralegal, USDOJ
Senior Research Scientist
Ethics Research team, DeepMind
New York City
Past: Research Scientist in AI Fairness
Responsible AI, Meta
New York City
At Meta I research the practical implementation of ethical AI, and am particularly interested in contexts that aim to improve the situations of vulnerable communities globally. Additionally, I taught an internal AI Fairness seminar to colleagues.
//////// Papers in AI Ethics/Tech & Society ////////
2022 ACL Findings Paper: Bergman & Diab,Towards Responsible Natural Language Annotation
for the Varieties of Arabic
2022 ACL & FAccT Submissions: Dinan, Bergman, et al.,Anticipating Safety Issues in E2E Conversational AI: Framework and Tooling
(split into 2 for submissions)
2022 FAccT Submission: Cai, Bergman, et al.,
Adaptive Sampling Strategies to Construct Equitable Training Datasets
2021 ACM FAccT Paper: Bakalar, Bergman, et al., Fairness On The Ground:
Applying Algorithmic Fairness Approaches To Production Systems
//////// Education & Physics Research ////////
Doctorate in Physics, Princeton University
Awarded on October 25th, 2019
Spider Collaboration, William C. Jones Lab
Experimental Physics, Observational Cosmology
Measuring the polarization in the cosmic microwave background radiation
via launching telescopes on a weather balloon from Antarctica.
We search for a tiny signal - radiation from the early Universe - with a particular statistical signature,
buried within instrumental noise and a mountain of astrophysical foregrounds.
This work is heavy on both hardware and data analysis, with a bit of cosmology theory.
NSF Graduate Research Fellow, 2015-18
Joseph Henry Merit Prize, 2014
Fulbright Fellow, Indonesia 2013-14
Theoretical physics research at the Institut Teknologi, Bandung.
Assistant Researcher, CERN 2013
, Columbia University
Smith College, Graduated cum laude, Highest Honors 2009
Bachelor's in Physics, minor Astrophysics
Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi
Waterman Prize for Outstanding Senior in Physics
JYA, St Edmund Hall, Oxford University
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Caltech
//////// Public Service
Peace Corps Volunteer, Uganda 2011-13
Science Education Volunteer
Creator and Co-Founder of Girltech Uganda
(Peace Corps page
Paralegal, US Department of Justice 2009-10
Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
Princeton Physics Climate & Inclusion Committee
Prison Teaching Initiative
Princeton Citizen Scientists
Founding member and a 2017 Day of Action lead
//////// Science & Tech Communication
I've been communicating on science & tech consistently since early 2010, when I started a science, tech, and DC culture/music blog called These Vibes Are Too Cosmic (or The Sidney, for reasons I only vaguely remember). This work continued into the Peace Corps in Uganda as a Science Education volunteer and creator & co-director of GirlTech Uganda, a science & tech professional development camp for Ugandan girls. In graduate school I picked back up the These Vibes title (abbreviated TVR2C) for a weekly science & tech interview show with Brian Kraus on WPRB Princeton 103.3 FM. We continued this show for over 4 years and 100+ interviews. A sampling of those shows are below along with a miniseries podcast I created in 2019, in my final year of my PhD while I was working on my thesis.
All of this, while giving talks on science and tech related topics, and here and there one on applying to graduate school in physics -- all too numerous to remember.
Later, as a research scientist at Facebook, I spent part of my time teaching internally on concepts related to fairness & ethics in AI.
Five episode podcast
as a primer to the topic of AI & Human Rights
, framed by the Princeton Center for Information and Technology Policy/UN Conference
Social Protection by Artificial Intelligence:
Decoding Human Rights in a Digital Age
Listen on Apple,
Spotify, or Soundcloud.
Creator and Co-Host, These Vibes Are Too Cosmic, 2015-19
Airs on WPRB
Princeton 103.3 FM
Weekly science show featuring expert interviews from across science and tech. All
full streams of past shows are in the backcatalogue
Sampling of Shows:
Interview with Ruha Benjamin
on Power and Manipulation
at the Interface of Tech and Society
Policy and Tech
Interview with Annette Zimmerman
on Algorithmic Injustice
Interview with Bendert Zevenbergen
the Power Dynamics and
Ethical Frameworks in AI and the Internet
Interview with Joseph Amon
Health and Human Rights
Interviews with Sam Wang
Interview with Alexander Ploss
Diseases and It's Global Importance
Interview with Sébastien Phillipe
Nuclear Arms Verification and Disarmament
//////// Educational Resources ////////
Applying to Graduate School in Physics
Detailed PowerPoint, full of links and resources.
Video Series on Uncertainty Analysis
Designed to augment Physics 101/102 curriculum.
Coming out soon as YouTube series.
Vast science outreach experience.