About

Jean Garcia-Gathright is a research scientist at Spotify, where she develops and evaluates user-centered and data-driven models that power engaging, personalized experiences. Her research interests include: metrics and evaluation, algorithmic bias, and mixed methods, which she examines in the broader domains of recommender systems and information retrieval. She is especially proud of championing a product-oriented way of working in research, facilitating consensus-driven project planning, communication, and collaboration.

Jean received her Ph.D. from UCLA in Biomedical Engineering with a specialization in Medical Informatics. Before that, she worked on real-time control systems at NASA, taught robotics to children, and dabbled in public policy analysis.

Research

Recommender Systems

Papers

P. Ravichandran, J. Garcia-Gathright, C. Hosey, B. St. Thomas, J. Thom. “Developing Evaluation Metrics for Instant Search Using Mixed Methods.” To appear in: Proceedings of SIGIR 2019.

A. Li, J. Thom, P. Chandar, C. Hosey, B. St. Thomas and J. Garcia-Gathright. “Search Mindsets: Understanding Focused and Non-Focused Information Seeking in Music Search.” In: Proceedings of The Web Conference 2019.

C. Hosey, L. Vujovic, B. St. Thomas, J. Garcia-Gathright, J. Thom. “Just give me what I want: how people use and evaluate music search.” In: Proceedings of CHI 2019.

H. Cramer, J. Garcia-Gathright, S. Reddy, A. Epps, A. Springer, and R. T. Bouyer. “Translation, Tracks & Data: an Algorithmic Bias Effort in Practice.” To appear in: Ext. abstracts, CHI 2019.

H. Cramer, J. Garcia-Gathright, A. Springer, S. Reddy. “Assessing and Addressing Algorithmic Bias in Practice.” ACM Interactions, Nov-Dec 2018.

J. Garcia-Gathright, B. St. Thomas, C. Hosey, Z. Nazari, F. Diaz. “Understanding and evaluating user satisfaction in music discovery.” In: Proceedings of SIGIR 2018.
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A. Springer, J. Garcia-Gathright, H. Cramer. “Assessing and Addressing Algorithmic Bias – But Before We Get There…”
In: Proceedings of the AAAI 2018 Spring Symposium: Designing the User Experience of Artificial Intelligence.
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Abbreviated version presented at: FATREC Workshop on Responsible Recommendation, 2018.
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Tutorials

H. Cramer, K. Holstein, J. Wortman Vaughan, H. Daumé III, M. Dudík, H. Wallach, S. Reddy, J. Garcia-Gathright. “Challenges of incorporating algorithmic fairness into industry practice.” Presented at: FAT* 2019.
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J. Garcia-Gathright, C. Hosey, B. St. Thomas, B. Carterette, F. Diaz. “Mixed Methods for Evaluating User Satisfaction.” Presented at: RecSys 2018.
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Service

Co-organizer:

  • Playlist continuation with the Million Playlist Dataset (RecSys Challenge 2018)
  • Fairness, Accountability, Confidentiality, Transparency, and Safety in Information Retrieval (FACTS-IR 2019)

Program committee:

  • Fairness in User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization (FairUMAP 2019)

Medical Informatics

J.I. Garcia-Gathright, N.J. Matiasz, C. Adame, K.V. Sarma, L. Sauer, N. Smedley, M.L. Spiegel, J. Strunck, E.B. Garon, R.K. Taira, D.R. Aberle, A.A.T. Bui. “Evaluating Casama: contextualized semantic maps for summarization of lung cancer studies.” Computers in biology and medicine 92 (2018): 55-63.

J.I. Garcia-Gathright, N.J. Matiasz, E.B. Garon, D.R. Aberle, R.K. Taira, A.A.T. Bui. “Toward patient-tailored summarization of lung cancer literature.” In: Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Biomedical and Health Informatics, February 2016.

J.I. Garcia-Gathright, A. Oh, P.A. Abarca, M. Han, W. Sago, M.L. Spiegel, B. Wolf, E.B. Garon, A.A.T. Bui, and D.R. Aberle. “Representing and extracting lung cancer study metadata: Study objective and study design.” Computers in biology and medicine 58 (2015): 63-72.

J.I. Garcia-Gathright, F. Meng, and W. Hsu. “UCLA at TREC 2014 Clinical Decision Support Track: Exploring Language Models, Query Expansion, and Boosting.” In NIST Special Publication: SP 500-308. The Twenty-Third Text REtrieval Conference Proceedings (TREC 2014).

Keck Interferometer Nuller

M.M. Colavita, A.J. Booth, J.I. Garcia-Gathright, G. Vasisht, R.L. Johnson Jr., and K.R. Summers. “Fringe measurement and control for the Keck Interferometer.” Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific 122, 893 (2010): 795-807.

M.M. Colavita, E. Serabyn, A.J. Booth, S.L. Crawford, J.I. Garcia-Gathright, E.R. Ligon, B.L. Mennesson et al. “Keck Interferometer nuller update.” In SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation, pp. 70130A-70130A. International Society for Optics and Photonics, 2008.

J.I. Garcia, M.M. Colavita, and A.J. Booth. “Real-time control system for the Keck Interferometer Nuller: methods and maintenance.” In SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation, pp. 62740K-62740K. International Society for Optics and Photonics, 2006.

A.J. Booth, M.M. Colavita, J.I. Garcia, and C. Koresko. “The control system for the Keck Interferometer nuller.” In SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation, pp. 62681M-62681M. International Society for Optics and Photonics, 2006.

C. Koresko, M.M. Colavita, E. Serabyn, A. Booth, and J. Garcia. “Measuring extended structure in stars using the Keck Interferometer nuller.” In SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation, pp. 626816-626816. International Society for Optics and Photonics, 2006.

C. Koresko, M.M. Colavita, E. Serabyn, A. Booth, and J. Garcia. “Water vapor measurement and compensation in the near-and mid-infrared with the Keck Interferometer nuller.” In SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation, pp. 626817-626817. International Society for Optics and Photonics, 2006.

E. Serabyn, A. Booth, M.M. Colavita, S.L Crawford, J. Garcia, J. Gathright, M. Hrynevych et al. “Science observations with the Keck Interferometer Nuller.” In SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation, pp. 626815-626815. International Society for Optics and Photonics, 2006.

S.L. Crawford, M.M. Colavita, J.I. Garcia, E.R. Ligon, B. Mennesson, C.G. Paine, E. Serabyn, R.F. Smythe, M.R. Swain, and G. Vasisht. “Final laboratory integration and test of the Keck Interferometer nuller.” In Optics & Photonics 2005, pp. 59050U-59050U. International Society for Optics and Photonics, 2005.

E. Serabyn, A.J. Booth, M.M. Colavita, M.J. Creech-Eakman, S.L. Crawford, J. Garcia, R.L. Johnson Jr. et al. “The Keck interferometer nuller: system architecture and laboratory performance.” In SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation, pp. 806-815. International Society for Optics and Photonics, 2004.