Daniel Varona

Daniel Varona
The University of Western Ontario | UWO · Department of Modern Languages

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Daniel Varona currently works at the Department of Modern Languages, The University of Western Ontario. Daniel does research in Information Systems (Business Informatics), Programming Languages and Artificial Intelligence. Their current project is 'Fair Awareness from Design.'
Additional affiliations
April 2014 - March 2016
University of Information Sciences
Position
  • Assistant Dean For Research and Graduate
April 2013 - March 2014
University of Information Sciences
Position
  • Vice-Principal for Research and Graduate
September 2010 - March 2013
University of Information Sciences
Position
  • Professor (Full)
Education
January 2017 - March 2022
Western University
Field of study
  • Hispanic Studies

Publications

Publications (38)
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In this study, we analyze “Discrimination”, ”Bias”, “Fairness”, and “Trustworthiness” as working variables in the context of the social impact of AI. It has been identified that there exists a set of specialized variables, such as security, privacy, responsibility, etc., that are used to operationalize the principles in the Principled AI Internatio...
Preprint
Over the past two decades, there has been a growing interest in modeling the elements that need to be considered when assigning people to roles in software projects, as evidenced by the number of available publications related to the topic. However, for the most part, these studies, have taken only a partial approach to the issue. Some have focused...
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This work attempts to fill a gap by exploring the human dimension in particular, by trying to understand the motivation of software professionals for taking up and sustaining their careers as software testers. Towards that goal, four surveys were conducted in four countries - India, Canada, Cuba, and China - to try to understand how professional so...
Technical Report
A Report to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Knowledge Synthesis Grants Program. Canadian universities are not teaching the necessary ethical skills for future workers in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) sector to safely, productively, and effectively engage with Automatic Decision-Making Systems (ADMS), i.e., AI and Machine Lear...
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This work attempts to fill a gap by exploring the human dimension in particular, by trying to understand the motivation of software professionals for taking up and sustaining their careers as software testers. Towards that goal, four surveys were conducted in four countries—India, Canada, Cuba, and China—to try to understand how professional softwa...
Conference Paper
As software systems are becoming more pervasive, they are also becoming more susceptible to failures, resulting in potentially lethal combinations. Software testing is critical to preventing software failures but is, arguably, the least understood part of the software life cycle and the toughest to perform correctly. Adequate research has been carr...
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As software systems are becoming more pervasive, they are also becoming more susceptible to failures, resulting in potentially lethal combinations. Software testing is critical to preventing software failures but is, arguably, the least understood part of the software life cycle and the toughest to perform correctly. Adequate research has been carr...
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The use of predictive systems has become wider with the development of related computational methods, and the evolution of the sciences in which these methods are applied Solon and Selbst (Calif L REV 104: 671–732, 2016) and Pedreschi et al. (2007). The referred methods include machine learning techniques, face and/or voice recognition, temperature...
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The authors present a conceptual and mathematical model for an art institution relevance index that quantifies the institution’s ability to manage and leverage its loan relationships with other art institutions, art collectors, and curators. The propose that their model innovates on prior methods descriptions of institution relevance based on the d...
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There exists an increasing concern among practitioners, academics, and researchers regarding biased decisions while using artificial intelligence, specifically machine learning, in order to arrive to a given set of possible decisions. Some countries like the United States, China, and France, just to mention a few have proposed common grounds to fra...
Conference Paper
Abstract: Over the past decade, there has been a marked interest in understanding the personal traits of software developers and their influence on the process of assigning people to roles, as has been evident from the growing number of related publications on this topic. This study is part of a larger research project focussed on identifying the e...
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As software systems are becoming more pervasive, they are also becoming more susceptible to failures, resulting in potentially lethal combinations. Software test-ing is critical to preventing software failures but is, arguably, the least understood part of the software life cycle and the toughest to perform correctly. Adequate re-search has been ca...
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Software testing is one of the crucial supporting processes in software devel-opment. Unfortunately, the role of testers is stigmatized partly due to misper-ception of the role requirements and partly due to treatment of the role in the industry. The present study aims to analyze the situation exploring what pre-vents an individual from taking up a...
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As software systems are becoming more pervasive, they are also becoming more susceptible to failures, resulting in potentially lethal combinations. Software testing is critical to preventing software failures but is, arguably, the least understood part of the software life cycle and the toughest to perform correctly. Adequate research has been carr...
Preprint
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This paper attempts to understand motivators and de-motivators that influence the decisions of software professionals to take up and sustain software testing careers across four different countries, i.e. Canada, China, Cuba, and India. The research question can be framed as "How many software professionals across different geographies are keen to t...
Article
This paper attempts to understand motivators and de-motivators that influence the decisions of software professionals to take up and sustain software testing careers across four different countries, i.e. Canada, China, Cuba, and India. The research question can be framed as "How many software professionals across different geographies are keen to t...
Research
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The use of predictive systems has become wider with the development of related computational methods, and the evolution of the sciences in which these methods are applied. The referred methods include machine learning techniques, face and/or voice recognition, temperature mapping, and other, within the artificial intelligence domain. These techniqu...
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The field of study framed around the Digital Humanities has been opening to dissimilar spheres of society, information processing and knowledge discovering methods and techniques, thus, attracting more interdisciplinarity into its realm of action. This circumstance has radically turned around the situation of the humanist as isolated cells whose ma...
Presentation
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The use of predictive systems has become wider with the development of related computational methods, and the evolution of the sciences in which these methods are applied (Solon & Selbst, 2016; Pedreschi et.al, 2007). The referred methods include machine learning techniques, face and/or voice recognition, temperature mapping, etc. within the artifi...
Conference Paper
We live in a world immersed in a culture of objective quantification, in which each aspect of human’s life can be measured to determine scales of values computed by algorithms [1]. Both these algorithms and the rankings they produce become epistemic and axiological instruments to articulate certain notions of relevance [3]. Simultaneously, for se...
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El avance de los métodos de aprendizaje automático se presenta como un dilema ético. La inteligencia artificial se desarrolla a través de sus capacidades de aprendizaje, pero ¿Cómo se distinguen los límites de este aprendizaje, o de la propia capacidad para hacerlo? El estado de las legislaciones, reglas y sanciones desconoce parcialmente, pero en...
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Very little is known about whether the same mechanisms underlie both second language (L2) and second dialect (D2) speech learning (Ruiz-Pena, Sevilla & Rafat, 2015). We compare geminate consonant imitation in Cuban Spanish as a D2 and Italian as an L2 in naïve Colombian Spanish-speaking participants. Previous studies have examined geminate producti...
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Very little is known about whether the same mechanisms underlie both second language (L2) and second dialect (D2) speech learning (Ruiz-Pena, Sevilla & Rafat, 2015). This study will compare geminate consonant imitation in Cuban Spanish as a D2 and Italian as an L2 in naïve Colombian Spanish-speaking participants. Previous studies have examined gemi...
Conference Paper
There has been an increasing motivation among researchers to identify relationships between software engineering tasks and software developers' personality traits. This study investigates MBTI personality distribution of first (junior) and fifth (senior) year software engineering students at the University of Informatics Sciences, in Havana (Cuba),...
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This work involves the development of Business Intelligence Module named GEDIMES BI for a MES System, considered the heart of the integration solution of the systems involved in the management and control of the processes of energy generation plants distributed in Cuba. For this, it was developed a model of intelligent control for multidimensional...
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THE PRESENT RESEARCH AIMS TO EXPOSE, IN A SIMPLE MANNER, THE WAY AUTHORS PROJECT SOCIAL NETWORKS NOT AS A NOVUM PHAENOMENON BUT AS A SUPERIOR STAGE ON THE EVOLU-TION OF OTHER PARADIGMS AS THEY WHERE KNOWN UP TO DATE. IT ALSO DETAILS AN EMPIRIC RESEARCH OVER 50 SURVEYED SAMPLES AMONG: MASTERS ON SCIENCES, PHILOSOPHICAL DOC-TORS, AND CANDIDATES TO BO...
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In this study, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is used as a tool to identify personality types of software engineers from Brazil, Cuba and Pakistan. Subsequently, the similarities and differences in the pe rsonality profiles of Brazilian, Cuban and Pakistani software engineers are presented and the implications of such comparisons for softwa...
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Present study aims to propose a Human Resources Selection Process who takes into account from the very beginning those competences profiles designed for the roles intended to be hired. Also constituted by different competences evaluation techniques such as: Group Dynamics’, Questionnaires, and Interviews; all of them focused in to identify, on poss...
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The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) has been applied to several studies that explore various dimensions of human factors in software engineering. Accordingly, this work reviews the results of these studies to explore existing trends. In order to attain a greater understanding of human resources in the software industry, we have reviewed sixteen...
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The measurement of factors involved in human performance has become an essential step to move forward in the software industry. Psychometric measurement provides the needed understanding of human potential. The aim of this study was to establish the personality profile of Cuban software engineers according to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)....
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The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is used as a tool to identify personality types of software engineers from both Brazil and Cuba. Subsequently, the similarities and differences in the personality profiles of Brazilian and Cuban software engineers are presented and the implications of such comparisons for software development are discussed. Re...

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Anyone knows a tool, method, development method which might be used proactively to avoid the automation of Bias when developing intelligent algorithms?
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When determining what learning approach a machine learning solution will perform, designers are stepping an extremely thin line when they stop being impartial and start automating their own biases.

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Design techniques and methods resulting in less discriminatory Algorithmic Decision-Making Systems (ADMS).