Ned Cooper

Profile picture of Ned Cooper

Hi! I'm a PhD candidate at the College of Engineering, Computing & Cybernetics, Australian National University. I'm interested in how people and communities marginalised by systems—legal systems, systems of government, and socio-technical systems—can influence those systems. My PhD research critically examines 'participation' in machine learning research and development.

Previously, I worked at Google Research, researching ways to make AI inclusive of diverse languages and dialects. I also have five years experience in strategy consulting in Australia and the UK, and two years experience as a human rights lawyer in Australia and Guatemala.

Email: edward.cooper [at] I would also appreciate your feedback here!


Ned Cooper and Alexandra Zafiroglu. 2024. From Fitting Participation to Forging Relationships: The Art of Participatory ML. Accepted to the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '24).

Ned Cooper, Courtney Heldreth, and Ben Hutchinson. 2024. "It's how you do things that matters": Attending to Process to Better Serve Indigenous Communities with Language Technology. Proceedings of the Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL '24).

Skyler Wang*, Ned Cooper*, and Margaret Eby. 2023. From Human-Centered to Social-Centered Artificial Intelligence: Assessing ChatGPT’s Impact through Disruptive Events. Under review.

Ned Cooper. 2022. Would the Trees Dim the Lights? Adopting the Intentional Stance for More-Than-Human Participatory Design. Participatory Design Conference (PDC '22).

Ned Cooper, Tiffanie Horne, Gillian R. Hayes, Courtney Heldreth, Michal Lahav, Jess Holbrook, and Lauren Wilcox. 2022. A Systematic Review and Thematic Analysis of Community-Collaborative Approaches to Computing Research. Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '22).

*Equal authorship