The Just Infrastructures Speaker Series was created by researchers in the Computer Science Department, the School of Information Sciences and the College of Media at the University of Illinois to interrogate the complex interactions between people, systems, and algorithms. How people interact with people and the world around them is shaped by the systems they use and increasingly by the artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms that drive these systems. It is a critical moment for computing.

While the original appeal and illusion of “justness” of computing systems lied in their consistency and governability, the image of the future of computing evokes ungovernability. Our vision is to change the future of computing so that it is normal for researchers, users, industries, and governments to deploy complex computational algorithmic socio-technical systems that are fast, scalable, reliable, equitable to users, and that provide a credible assurance that they are free from specific unwanted behaviors.

Just Infrastructures is led by Karrie Karahalios, Indy Gupta, and Anita Chan with Sarita Adve, Vikram Adve, Madeleine Garvey, Aditya Parameswaran, Colin Robertson, Paris Smaragdis, and Hari Sundaram.

Sponsored by:


  • Center for Global Studies
  • Center for Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Center for South Asian & Middle Eastern Studies
  • Center for Writing Studies
  • Cline Center for Advanced Social Research
  • College of Law
  • CyberGIS Center for Advanced Digital and Spatial Studies
  • Department of Asian American Studies
  • Department of Communication
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of English
  • Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures
  • Department of History
  • Department of Journalism
  • Department of Landscape Architecture
  • Department of Media and Cinema Studies
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Statistics
  • European Union Center
  • Geography & Geographic Information Science
  • Health Care Engineering Systems Center
  • Illinois Global Institute
  • Institute of Communications Research
  • Office of the VPIAGS | Illinois International
  • Program in Comparative & World Literature
  • School of Art + Design
  • School of Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics
  • School of Social Work