MAS Announces Winners of the Global Veritas Challenge 2021 at Singapore FinTech Festival
2 This year’s Challenge focused on four use cases, namely (i) product marketing; (ii) risk, compliance and fraud monitoring; (iii) loan origination and know-your-customer (KYC); and (iv) credit scoring and profiling. Validating the fairness of artificial intelligence and data analytics (AIDA) solutions in these areas ensures that AIDA-driven decisions do not result in particular groups of customers being systemically disadvantaged. This fosters trust in the solutions and promotes greater development and adoption of AI, allowing financial institutions to harness the technology’s benefits more broadly while guarding against its risks.
3 The winners were selected during the Global Veritas Challenge Demo Day
|Company Name||Challenge Theme||Project Summary|
|Cylynx Pte Ltd||Risk, Compliance and Fraud Monitoring||
Aim: Integrate fairness into AIDA model development and live production monitoring for fraud detection.
Capabilities: Enables business teams to flag out individuals or groups that may be systematically disadvantaged and set thresholds to avoid unintended biases.
|Visa Inc.||Product Marketing||
Aim: Provide financial institutions with a set of standardised reusable components for screening and mitigating unwanted biases in marketing propensity models.
Capabilities: Equip financial institutions with a toolkit to enhance the fairness of their marketing practices, via (i) screen for sensitive attributes and identify favourable/unfavourable outcomes by group; and (ii) remove systemic and harmful biases.
|TruEra Inc. & Demyst Data Ltd.||Credit Scoring & Profiling||
Aim: Mitigate the effects of bias in credit scoring due to biases in training data or issues with the AIDA model.Capabilities: The project uses external data (via Demyst platform) to build a machine learning-based credit scoring model. It then uses TruEra's AI solution to (i) define a protected group and set a fairness objective (ii) analyse this model for evidence of bias and accuracy issues, (iii) identify root causes contributing to such bias; and (iv) conduct targeted interventions.
4 Mr Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief FinTech Officer of MAS, said, “We are very encouraged by the creative solutions of the winners and finalists of this year’s Global Veritas Challenge. Responsible AI is essential to fostering trust amongst relevant stakeholders including users of AI solutions and recipients of AI-driven decisions. The solutions allow financial institutions to harness the tremendous benefits of AI in their operations while guarding against its risks. We look forward to seeing more innovative solutions in future editions of the Challenge. MAS would also like to thank Accenture for their support in organising this year’s Challenge.”
5 Mr Lee Joon Seong, Managing Director, Accenture’s Applied Intelligence Lead for Southeast Asia, said ”As more companies begin to adopt AI in their operations, it is important that we strengthen the trustworthiness of AI and data analytics-driven solutions. This is even more urgent in financial services, where trust is fundamental to banks and financial institutions in their customer transactions. It is encouraging to see many innovations from this year’s participants, as we work towards building a financial system that is fair, ethical, accountable and transparent. Accenture looks forward to continuing our partnership with MAS and the wider ecosystem in establishing Singapore as a responsible AI hub for the financial services sector.”