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May 7, 2021

Fiddler AI Announces Strategic Collaboration with In-Q-Tel

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 7, 2021 — Over the course of Fiddler’s two and a half years, the company has taken the time and effort to build strong partnerships with stalwarts in the industry who are heavily invested in AI explainability, model monitoring, and fairness. Fiddler has been fortunate to partner with the likes of Lockheed Martin & Amazon Alexa, and are honored to continue these strategic and innovative partnerships. We’re proud to add two more important names to this list. Over the last few months, we’ve been fortunate to build strong relationships with the team at In-Q-Tel & join a FinRegLab research project. Below are a few notes on these important initiatives. We’re excited and look forward to working with both of these esteemed organizations.

In-Q-Tel & Fiddler

Fiddler is thrilled to announce a strategic investment from In-Q-Tel, the not-for-profit strategic investor that accelerates the development and delivery of cutting-edge technologies to U.S. government agencies.

The need for Explainable AI and Model Monitoring is strong in all sectors of the economy including in government institutions. Based on the critical nature of their work, the need to explain and debug model predictions and analyze model behavior over entire datasets or for subsets of a dataset is essential to the deployment of models and their ultimate success. There is also a need to continuously monitor model performance once they are deployed and identify outliers in data and model predictions to continue to maintain high performance.

“The US Intelligence and Defense communities are increasingly relying on AI/ML in support of national security objectives, but ML models are only effective if they can be understood and trusted over time,” said A.J. Bertone, Partner at In-Q-Tel. “Fiddler’s platform efficiently combines both explainable AI and model monitoring in order to ensure that AI/ML systems function reliably and transparently. We are thrilled to partner with Fiddler in helping our government partners better manage and monitor their AI/ML capabilities.”

“Fiddler is the first startup to bring true explainability and continuous monitoring to the enterprise, enabling companies to effectively and responsibly manage their AI solutions at scale. We cannot allow algorithms to operate with a lack of transparency. We need accountability to build trust between humans and AI. Fiddler’s mission is to build trust with AI using a centralized Model Performance Monitoring solution that continuously monitors models and unlocks the AI black box with explainability,” says Krishna Gade, Founder & CEO, Fiddler.

FinRegLab & Fiddler

We’re honored to participate in FinRegLab’s study with the Stanford University Graduate School of Business to evaluate the transparency and fairness of machine learning underwriting models. Here’s a short excerpt and you can read more about FinRegLab’s project on their website here.

This research comes as profound societal challenges have lenders and policymakers alike looking to new underwriting approaches with unprecedented urgency: a viral pandemic; a severe, uneven economic shock; and a mass movement for racial justice. Adopting machine learning to assess the creditworthiness of loan applicants is among the more promising options for improving current underwriting in consumer credit. In machine learning, stakeholders see significant opportunity to help improve the efficiency, fairness, and inclusiveness of lending. But the potential complexity and opacity of machine learning models pose risk, particularly with respect to their reliability in the face of changing economic conditions and questions about their ability to help overcome, rather than replicate, historical inequalities.

Despite the potential for machine learning models to improve credit risk assessment, the potential for these algorithms to reinforce biases or amplify other risks is a source of great concern. Many lenders are choosing not to use machine learning in credit underwriting – or only to use it in an indirect way that sacrifices much of its potential benefits – because of uncertainty about being able to manage explainability and fairness concerns with sufficient skill to satisfy themselves, their regulators, and other potential critics.

This research will demonstrate to stakeholders who are grounded in processes that have been designed for incumbent automated underwriting models three types of critical findings:

  • Capabilities and performance of currently available tools in improving the transparency of underwriting models using various forms of machine learning and with different degrees of complexity
  • Potential tradeoffs between performance and transparency when using machine learning underwriting models with different degrees of complexity
  • Potential tradeoffs among options for mitigating bias in machine learning models

About Fiddler

Fiddler’s mission is to allow businesses of all sizes to unlock the AI black box and deliver transparent AI experiences to end-users. We enable businesses to build, deploy, and maintain trustworthy AI solutions. Fiddler’s next-generation ML Model Performance Management platform empowers data science and AI/ML teams to validate, monitor, explain, and analyze their AI solutions to accelerate AI adoption, meet regulatory compliance, and build trust with end-users. The platform provides complete visibility and understanding of AI solutions to customers. Fiddler works with pioneering Fortune 500 companies as well as emerging tech companies.

Fiddler has been recognized for its industry-leading capabilities and innovation – they were named to the CB Insights AI 100 list 2021, recognized as a Technology Pioneer 2020 by the World Economic Forum, one of Forbes’ companies to watch on its 2020 & 2021 AI 50 list, and a 2019 Cool Vendor in Gartner’s Enterprise AI Governance and Ethical Response Report. For more information please visit

Source: Fiddler