The Responsible AI Licenses Team is composed of volunteers from multiple institutions.


Danish Contractor - Co-Founder


Danish Contractor is an AI researcher working on problems in Multi-sentence Question Answering and dialog systems. Over the last eight years he has worked on machine learning & natural language processing applications in the areas of Education, Tourism, Social Media & Customer Relationship Management, Information Management & Noisy Data Cleansing. In 2018, Danish was named one of the top Innovators Under 35 in India by MIT Technology Review and Mint. He holds a masters degree from the University of Cambridge and a bachelors degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Delhi.


Daniel McDuff - Co-Founder


Daniel McDuff is an AI researcher working on sensing and synthesis of human behavior. He has a PhD from MIT and a masters from Cambridge University. He has published machine learning papers on classification of facial expressions and gestures, speech synthesis, video-based physiological measurement and magnification and multi-modal affect recognition. His projects have been reported in many publications including The Times, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BBC News, New Scientist, Scientific American and Forbes magazine. Daniel was named a 2015 WIRED Innovation Fellow and has spoken at TEDx and SXSW.


Julia Haines - Co-Founder


Julia Katherine Haines conducts research at the intersection of technology, innovation, and human practices. Julia is a user experience researcher working with designers and engineers to bring an inclusive, human-centered perspective to the project and the AI space. Julia received her PhD in Information and Computer Sciences at University of California, Irvine, where she was also a fellow with the Intel Science & Technology Center for Social Computing. She previously earned an MS in Human-Computer Interaction at DePaul, an MA in Social Sciences at The University of Chicago, and BAs in Anthropology and Journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill.


Brent Hecht - Co-Founder


Dr. Brent Hecht is an assistant professor at Northwestern University. His research interests lie at the intersection of human–computer interaction, social computing, and spatial computing. At Northwestern, Dr. Hecht directs the People, Space, and Algorithms research group, whose mission is to “identify and address societal problems that are created or exacerbated by advances in computer science.” Hecht is the recipient of a CAREER award from the U.S. National Science Foundation and has received awards for his research at top-tier publication venues.


Christopher Hines - Co-Founder

Christopher Hines is an experienced patent attorney and computer programmer who handles the full range of intellectual property matters related to patents and trademarks. He is particularly well-versed in the preparation and prosecution of patent application in computer-related industries, including software, networking, telecommunications and databases, among others. He is also a litigator who experience includes disputes over patentability, validity and infringement.