ACM-W Connections–November 2019

Welcome from the ACM-W Chair

Several times over the past three years, I have mentioned ACM/ACM-W’s participation in the Gender Gap in Science project (https://gender-gap-in-science.org/).  This project had three major parts – a global survey of scientists aimed at understanding the experiences of men and women in science worldwide; an analysis of publication patterns of men and women in research journals; and the development of a database of best practices around recruiting and retaining girls and women in STEM.

The project held its culminating conference at the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy on November 4-8.  ACM-W had five representatives in attendance: Tracy Camp (keynote speaker), Reyyan Ayfer (Regional Committees Chair of ACM-W), Catherine Lang and Annemieke Craig (representatives from Oceania), and myself. 

During the conference, we discussed major findings and recommendations of the project and heard from a variety of speakers spanning multiple scientific fields and many different countries.  The final report of the project will be available after the project’s official end on December 31st.  When it is released the link to access it will be provided in this newsletter.

On a personal level, I was deeply affected by the information that was presented, which made clear that the experiences and participation of women in many of the STEM fields still lags behind in comparison to those of men in science.  I was again reminded why I remain committed to the work that ACM-W does to support, celebrate and advocate for women in computing globally through our Celebrations, Chapters, and Scholarship programs.

Thanks for standing with us as we work to fulfill our mission.

Jodi Tims
ACM-W Chair

International Grad Cohort program: 2020 applications being accepted

For the past three years, ACM-W has been sponsoring teams of 2-3 people from countries outside of North America to attend the CRA-WP Grad Cohort workshop for women in hopes that this successful program replicates in areas around the world.  To date, events have been held in Greece, India, Ireland and Spain.  Additional events are being planned in Kuwait, the Philippines, and Turkey.  This year’s Grad Cohort workshop will be held April 16-18, 2020 in New Orleans, LA. We invite applications to attend now through January 15, 2020.  You can find the form to apply at https://bit.ly/34WQvaK.

Other ACM-W News

Also appearing in this month’s newsletter:

  • The Northwest Ohio Professional Chapter is featured in the Professional Chapters report.
  • ACM-W Europe report features the new ACM Europe chair and announces womENcourage 2020.
  • A report from Grace Hopper India is contributed by ACM-W India.
  • The ACM-W Scholarships report announces the latest round of awardees.  Congratulations to the recipients!

News from ACM Scholarships Committee

The ACM Scholarship for Attendance of Research Conferences program provides support for women students in Computer Science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences. The student does not have to present a paper at the conference to be eligible for a scholarship. Applications are evaluated at 6 occasions each year, to distribute awards across a range of conferences, with usually 3-6 awards given for each group of applications. The ACM Scholarships are made possible due to the generous support of Microsoft, Google and Oracle.

If the award is for attendance at one of the ACM special interest group conferences (SIG conferences), the SIG will most likely provide complementary conference registration and a mentor during the conference. The number of free registrations available varies from SIG to SIG. ACM-W has helped students attend a wide range of meetings including SIGGRAPH, SIGCHI, Women in Cyber Security, ACM EC, SIGCSE, IEEE Conferences, DIS, IPDPS, ICCC, ACM CHI, AAMAS, FLAIRS, WIMS, CSCW, GECCO, ICAPS, and ICSE, amongst others.

The scholarship exposes students to prominent researchers in their field, introduces students to new research, and excites them about doing research by themselves. We ask students to share with us some of their thoughts on the conference they attend, preferably with a picture, so that we can show our readers and funders the diversity of our winners. We never cease to find truly inspiring stories!

This month we simply report the award winners for the last round of the scholarship decisions. We are pleased to welcome five lucky winners:  one  undergraduate student,  Yasmeen Asali (from Columbia University, Astrophysics Dept), two Masters’ students (Sarah Brockman –  the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Vanessa Ann Beddoe Sawkmie – the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay), and two PhD students, Chhavi Sharma – IIT, Bombay and Nayantara Kotoky, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India. 

Yasmeen is going across the country from New York City to Honolulu, Hawai’i, US, to present at the 235th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society. Sarah is going across the Northern border to the recently renamed NeurIPS,  the 33rd Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems, happening this year in Vancouver, Canada. Like Sarah, Chhava is also going to NeurIPS in Canada, but all the way from  the IIT Bombay, Mumbai in  India.  Nayantara from the IIT, Guwahati is going to Boca Raton, Florida for the 18th IEEE International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications. Finally, our last winner, Vanessa, a graduate student at IIT Bombay, Mumbai, pursuing her final year in Operations Research is going to Macau, China for the IEEE  IEEM  2019  International  Conference for  Industrial  Engineering  and  Operations  Research. We are very proud to see our students going places. Congratulations to our five awardees!!

The next application deadline is December 15 for conferences taking place in Feb 1 – Mar 31, 2020.  

For more information and to apply visit: https://women.acm.org/scholarships/

To see previous winners’ reports visit https://women.acm.org/scholars/acm-w-scholars/?sch_year=2019

If you have any questions, please contact the scholarship committee chair Prof. Viviana Bono, at bono@di.unito.it.

ACM-W Professional Chapter: Spotlight on Northwest Ohio ACM-W

On Friday, October 18th, five student chapters from four different universities helped kick-off the NWO Professional Chapter 2019-2020 networking series. After an inspiring keynote from NASA’s Kristin Bury, Integration Manager, European Service Module Integration Office, each student chapter reported on their activities and shared ideas for how the professional chapter can support their members’ career development.  The next NWO ACM-W event invites students and local professionals to tour and network with the OnPoint Group, a technology company that supports distribution/logistics systems.  Check out the NWO ACM-W facebook page for more event ideas: https://www.facebook.com/NorthwestOhioACMW/

We want to shine a spotlight on your ACM-W Professional Chapter activities. Please send us your event summaries and pictures (Rachelle Hippler – rhippler@bw.edu).

News from the ACM-W Communications Committee!

Announcing ACM-W Downloadable Graphics

The Communications Committee is pleased to announce a new resource for ACM-W Chapters and Celebrations. Shareable graphics are now available from our website: https://women.acm.org/graphics/

Here you will find logos and posters and design elements suitable for use in creating promotional materials for your group or event.

What can you do with these graphics? Download them! Print them! Edit them! Share them! Use them to make stickers, badges, web-pages, banners, posters, event notices, pamphlets, flyers, tee shirts, mugs, tote bags, social media identities, magnets, coasters… and so much more!

Now Recruiting: Website Editors

The ACM-W Communications Committee is recruiting for two volunteers to maintain our websites. Specifically, we are seeking an editor for the ACM-W Wikipedia page and also for the ACM-W website.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The site editor’s primary responsibility is to ensure quality readership. Thus editor’s regular task may include, but are not confined to, the following: preparing and formatting content, reviewing articles, researching sources, editing grammar and content. It is expected that an editor will  spend less than 10 hours a month uploading content and editing existing pages.

SKILLS

The successful applicant will have experience with research and professional writing in the practice of similar assignments. The candidate will also have technical experience with WordPress, wikitext, visual editors and similar tools.

APPLICATION

Please send a letter of interest to bettina.bair@gmail.com. Include all meaningful and relevant experience.

News from ACM-W Europe

ACM Names Prof. Susanne Boll as Distinguished Member

ACM has named Prof. Susanne Boll, professor of Media Informatics and Multimedia Systems at the University of Oldenburg, one of 62 computer scientists worldwide to be recognized this year as Distinguished Members for their outstanding contributions in computing.

The ACM Distinguished Member program recognizes up to 10% of ACM worldwide membership based on professional experience as well as significant achievements in the computing field. Prof. Boll is the only female computer scientist from Europe recognised for this honour this year.

“Each year it is our honour to select a new class of Distinguished Members,” said ACM President Cherri M. Pancake. “Our overarching goal is to build a community wherein computing professionals can grow professionally and, in turn, contribute to the field and the broader society. We are delighted to recognize these individuals for their contributions to computing, and we hope that the careers of the 2019 ACM Distinguished Members will continue to prosper through their participation with ACM.” Read the ACM news release.

Prof. Susanne Boll:  A research leader in Multimedia – A true champion for diversity

Prof. Susanne Boll is a full professor for Media Informatics and Multimedia Systems at the University of Oldenburg and a member of the board of the OFFIS-Institute for Information Technology. OFFIS belongs to the top 5% research institutes among the non-university institutes in computer science in Germany. Prof. Boll has an excellent track record in the field of interactive multimedia and human-computer interaction, with an impressive number of peer-reviewed scientific publications. Prof. Boll has done an outstanding and continued professional service to the ACM community as an active member of both SIGMM and SIGCHI. The research community has recognized her leadership and scientific competence and has entrusted her with chairing important conferences and serving on steering committees, members of editorial boards.

Over her entire academic career, Prof. Boll has been championing equal opportunities and diversity. She is particularly interested in the factors and environments inspiring young girls to choose STEM subjects in their higher education and leads a research project that explores role models and curricula in Computer Science for high school girls (Smile Smart Future Me). This year, Prof. Boll has been appointed as the Director of Diversity and Outreach in the Executive Committee of ACM SIGMM. You can read Prof. Boll’s views on improving diversity in her field in this interview.

Heartfelt congratulations to Prof. Susanne Boll!

New Blog Series: Reflections on womENcourage 2019

Starting from this month, we will be featuring a series of guest blogs from womENcourage 2019 participants. They will share their career journeys, their challenges but what they also love most about this field, and how womENcourage inspires them.

Our first guest blogger is Enxhi Shkurta from Albania. She graduated from the Polytechnic University of Tirana, in Telecommunications Engineering and is currently doing a Master of Science in Telecommunications at the University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain.

She writes:  “Finding a female engineering role model in college was like finding a needle in a haystack. BUT, at the womENcourage events, you can meet and talk with many inspirational tech female leaders from every corner of Europe and deep dive into tech trends that are changing the face of computing.”

Read more on our blog.

GHCI 2019 – The Grace Hopper Celebration India 2019

 November 6-8, 2019, Bangalore, India

The 10th edition of Grace Hopper Celebration India was organized by Anita Borg at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre during 6-8 November 2019. This was co-presented by ACM India.

In GHCI, a  student scholar connect session was organized on 8th November by ACM-W specifically to cater to the needs of students. This was a panel discussion on “Looking into the Future: Preparing for the jobs of Tomorrow”. This panel was moderated by one of the ACM-W India council members, Dr.Chitra Babu Prof. and Head SSN College of Engineering, Kalavakkam. The panelists were Dr. Meenakshi D’Souza, Associate Professor from IIIT Bangalore, Dr. Medha Atre from Persistent Systems Ltd and Dr. Sukanyya Misra, Senior Vice President, Master card. This panel discussed how the students can acquire technical as well as non-technical skills and competencies that are essential for the future job roles that don’t even exist today.

L-R : Chitra Babu, Sukanyya Misra, Medha Atre, Meenakshi D’Souza

There were interesting insights about how industry and academia should join hands in inculcating/nurturing these skills. It was well-received by the student community and there were lots of interactions with the panelists at the end of the session.

Interactions with the panelists during GHCI 2019

A small meet up of ACM Sponsored Scholars was organized on 7th November during GHCI2019.  ACM India  sponsored 40 participants which included students and 7 faculty/industry members. ACM-W India council chair Dr. Heena Timani along with 3 council members, Dr. Chitra Babu, Dr. Maushumi Barooah and Ms, Gunjan Lal attended the event. ACM student  representatives shared their experiences, learning and various activities they are organizing  on their campus under ACM chapter to motivate girls students .They interacted with the student members from various colleges, discussed the activities that have been happening in their respective colleges and also created awareness regarding various other opportunities that  they could make use of. Some of the opportunities include programming competition for girls, National level Hackathon for girls, girls in tech community services. ACM W strive to create a community for women in technology where they can come together to learn from each other, bond, network, discuss ideas, and encourage each other. All the ACM Chapter participants got opportunities to network with other ACM student chapters representatives.

ACM W Council Members with students  during GHCI 2019

ACM-W Connections–October 2019

Welcome from the ACM-W Chair

The 2019 Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) was held on October 2-4 in Orlando, FL.  ACM-W once again participated in several activities during the conference.  In collaboration with our partners at CRA-WP and NCWIT, we presented a session entitled “What Does Success Look Like?”.  Tracy Camp, Lucy Sanders and I were joined by Kim Vorrath (Apple), Ed Lazowska (University of Washington), and two of our ACM-W student chapter leaders from College of William & Mary, Katherine Lannen and Linda Wu.  Each of the presenters told their story of success in increasing participation of women in computing in their setting.  I was particularly proud of our student leaders as they talked about the dynamic ACM-W student chapter they have built, which has won Chapter Excellence awards each of the past two years.

ACM-W, in partnership with CRA-WP, sponsored a session entitled “ACM Award Winning Research in Cybersecurity”.  Aisha Ali-Gomba Alexandra Dmitrienko, and Shagufta Mehnaz gave encore presentations of their presentations that earned them best paper honors at ACM conferences during the last year.

Finally, I want to give a shout out to Bettina Bair, Communications Chair, and the team of ACM-W faculty and student volunteers who helped make our ACM-W booth in the exhibit hall a huge success. (See Bettina’s report below for more details).  Many visitors to the booth helped fill our maps with sticky notes representing their interest in starting a new student or professional chapter or holding a celebration in their home region.  As we follow up on these leads, we hope to see a surge in ACM-W presence worldwide in the coming months. 

Thanks for standing with us as we work to fulfill our mission.

Jodi Tims
ACM-W Chair

Reminder: Rising Star Award Nominations are Open!

The ACM-W Rising Star Award is a new award to recognize a woman whose early-career research has had a significant impact on the computing discipline, as measured by factors such as frequent citation of their work, creation of a new research area, a high degree of technology transfer and/or other positive influences and societal impact. The award will be given annually, and the recipient will receive a framed certificate and $1,000 stipend. Nominations will remain open until November 15, 2019. ACM-W thanks Andrea Goldsmith, ACM Athena Award winner, for her generous donation that made this award possible. More information about the award and the nomination form can be found at https://women.acm.org/acm-w-awards/rising-star-award/

Meeting the community at GHC 2019

Bettina Bair, ACM-W Communications Chair

ACM-W had a booth at last week’s Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. Over the four days of the event, the booth was continuously staffed by ACM-W committee members and ACM-W student chapter members. ACM-W is especially grateful for the generous help by members of student chapters who volunteered in our booth. They really provided an incredible boost and positive energy.

Lillian Chow and Jenni Silverstein, of the Ohio State University ACM-W Student Chapter. Photo by Bettina Bair

The volunteers seemed to be having fun as well. Jin Koay, of the University of Central Florida ACM-W Student Chapter said, “Getting to volunteer at the ACM-W booth made my GHC experience all the more memorable. After a whole day and a half of visiting company booths, it was nice to do something a little different and meaningful for the community around me. I enjoyed meeting other ACM-W members, sharing about what my chapter (UCF) does, and encouraging prospective members to start an ACM-W chapter at their institutions. Side note: I absolutely loved the cute stickers at the ACM-W booth!”

Volunteer booth staff distributed more than 20k of those cute ACM-W stickers.  They also gave away thousands of pieces of ACM swag that included pamphlets, pens, pencils, and small notebooks.

We were pleased to be able to meet so many talented women in computing during the conference. There was a continuous stream of people at our booth who were interested in learning more about ACM-W.

Visitors heard about the benefits of ACM-W Chapter membership and attending a Regional Celebration. ACM-W has nearly 200 chapters and more than 70,000 members worldwide. Many times we were able to connect a booth visitor to an existing chapter already active in her school. We were also able to collect information from several attendees who were interested in starting a new chapter in their area.  

More than 70 women said that they would like to start an ACM-W Professional Chapter in their area. Popular locations included: SF, LA, Chicago, Cincinnati, Seattle and Richmond, VA. If you are interested in starting an ACM-W Professional Chapter in your area, please visit: https://www.acm.org/chapters/professionals/how-to-start-a-professional-acm-w-chapter

More than 30 girls said that they wanted to start an ACM-W Student Chapter in their school. If you are interested in starting an ACM-W Student Chapter in your school, please visit: https://women.acm.org/chapter/student-chapter-quick-start-guide/

Please visit our Facebook page to see our GHC19 photo album, and tribute to all of our volunteers: https://www.facebook.com/women.acm.org/

News from ACM-W Student Chapters

We’re excited to welcome our five new chapters: Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering in Tamil Nadu, India; Oregon State University in Cascades; University of Massachusetts in Lowell; University of Alabama in Huntsville; and Kent State University.

It was so exciting to meet many ACM-W members from around the world at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.  We’d like to thank all the student volunteers who helped out at the booth in the Exhibit Hall.  We collected information from people interested in joining or starting both student and professional chapters as well as distributing a lot of our ACM-W stickers.

News from ACM Scholarships

The ACM Scholarship for Attendance of Research Conferences program provides support for women students in Computer Science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences. The student does not have to present a paper at the conference to be eligible for a scholarship. Applications are evaluated at 6 occasions each year, to distribute awards across a range of conferences, with usually 3-6 awards given for each group of applications. The ACM Scholarships are made possible due to the generous support of Microsoft, Google and Oracle.

If the award is for attendance at one of the ACM special interest group conferences (SIG conferences), the SIG will most likely provide complimentary conference registration and a mentor during the conference. The number of free registrations available varies from SIG to SIG. ACM-W has helped students attend a wide range of meetings including SIGGRAPH, SIGCHI, Women in Cyber Security, ACM EC, SIGCSE, IEEE Conferences, DIS, IPDPS, ICCC, ACM CHI, AAMAS, FLAIRS, WIMS, CSCW, GECCO, ICAPS, and ICSE, amongst others.

The scholarship exposes students to prominent researchers in their field, introduces students to new research, and excites them about doing research by themselves. We ask students to share with us some of their thoughts on the conference they attend, preferably with a picture, so that we can show our readers and funders the diversity of our winners. We never cease to find truly inspiring stories!

Since we are now in the process of putting up the full collection of reports from previous winners online at https://women.acm.org/scholars/acm-w-scholars/?sch_year=2019, here we simply report the award winners for the last round of the scholarship decisions. (actually, we’re still working on the backlog, but getting there!)

Bianca Teixeira, a Master’s student from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil went to INTERACT, a conference in Human-Computer Interaction in Paphos, Cyprus and wrote to us “INTERACT 2019 was my first Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) conference, which is my field of study. I am a Master’s student with little experience in academia, so attending the conference was very eye-opening. I got to meet people from all over the world who work in so many fascinating projects in HCI, and this only made me more excited to keep working and researching. I loved presenting my paper on fake news and misinformation at a workshop, and loved discussing my research with fellow researchers. The community seemed very open to engage in debate on the future of the information world regarding misinformation, which was really cool.” Kritika Agrawal, from Hyderabad, India attended the  2019 Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (NAACL 2019) in  Minnesota, United States and sweetly wrote to us: “NAACL 2019 in Minneapolis, USA was a life changing experience for me and I cannot thank ACM W and my institute’s lab, DSAC, enough for giving me this wonderful opportunity. […] NAACL was an absolutely amazing experience for me as I got to experience a community that I wish to become an integral part of some day. Though initially a little overwhelming, the numerous formal and informal sessions provided a platform for insightful, comfortable, and fun interactions. For my first conference, I could not have asked for a better experience!” 

We are proud to see our students going places and striving to give back to others. Congratulations to all our awardees!!

The next application deadline is October 15 for conferences taking place in Dec 1 – Jan 30, 2020.   For more information and to apply visit: https://women.acm.org/scholarships/

If you have any questions, please contact the scholarship committee chair Prof. Viviana Bono, at bono@di.unito.it.

News from ACM-W Europe

Rome, Italy  September 16-18, 2019
https://womencourage.acm.org

womENcourage 2019 ACM Celebration of Women in Technology brought the buzz and much excitement to Rome in September. Women in the computing profession came together for a programme packed with insightful topics and engaging educational and networking activities. 

In the spirit of diversity, 350 participants from 32 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa and America included more than half students (62% graduate and 38% undergraduate) and 15% malen attendees.

Participants were delighted with opportunities to learn from each other, to inspire and to be inspired.  After attending the womEncourage, Joanna Broniarek sent a note : 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the organizers of the ACM Celebration of Women in Computing, womENcourage 2019 conference held in Rome, for the scholarship and wonderful experience. I enjoyed all of the aspects of this three-day event. The first day was quite challenging for me as it was my first hackathon. However, after meeting my teammates and spending a few hours building our business product we unanimously agreed that it was above all great fun and we are proud of our work.

Nevertheless, that was not the end of my challenges, because I had the pleasure to present my poster for the next day. It was also my first experience of this kind and that is why I am even more grateful for nominating my poster for the 10 best posters at the conference. It is a great honour for me. All the workshops, important talks and wonderful people were very inspiring to me. I hope to see you again at next year’s conference.”

Read more about the Hackathon and the WSense Lab in our blog: https://acmweurope.acm.org/inspire-learn-and-experience-at-the-heart-of-womencourage-2019/

In the following months, our blog will be used by womENcourage participants to share their experiences and reflections. Stay tuned!

ADA University to host womENcourage 2020 in Baku

We have exciting news! The 7th ACM Celebration of Women in Computing: womENcourage 2020 will be  held in Baku, Azerbaijan at the ADA University.

Azerbaijan is a culturally rich region, upholding its traditions. It is known as the first democratic republic (1918) in the Muslim East, where women were granted the right to vote in 1919, before many Western democracies.

Baku has been a popular destination for many international events from Eurovision in 2012 to European Games in 2015 and annual F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix starting from 2017. Most recently, it has been the home of the 31st International Olympiad in Informatics IOI2019 (www.ioi2019.az) in August 2019.

womENcourage 2020 host, the ADA University (www.ada.edu.az) is a young progressive university and has held local annual Ada’s Legacy events since 2016.

Join us in Azerbaijan! We look forward to seeing you there for another exciting and trully enthrilling womENcourage event!

News from ACM-W India

ACM-W India Celebration of Women in Computing 2019

ACM-W India Celebration of Women in Computing 2019 was organized by ACM W India and  ACM Ahmedabad Chapter at IIT Gandhinagar on 13th July 2019 under the theme “Soft Computing for Global Development”. The conference focused on the importance of Soft Computing for humanity and the career paths for Women in Computing.

Prof. Rutvi Shah, Assistant Professor, Chimanbhai Institute of Technology

The inaugural ceremony started with a Welcome Address by Prof. Rutvi Shah, Vice Chairman of ACM Ahmedabad Chapter.

Prof. Heena Timani, ACM-W India Executive Council Chair

This was followed by a Ceremonial Address by Prof. Heena Timani, ACM-W India Executive Council Chair in which she talked about the motto and purpose of ACM-W and how each one of us can contribute. During the Ceremonial Address, Prof. Timani, briefed the audience about Association of Computing Machinery being the largest computing education society worldwide that strives unconditionally to raise the bar of students by helping them in terms of career resources, mentoring, workshops, conferences and publications She focused on the objective of AICWiC’19 to support, motivate and inspire women researchers in India by providing them a platform where they can candidly interact with others and hence explained the importance of ACM-W Chapter. She also discussed the various events and awards conducted by ACM and ACM-W in India.

Dr Gargi Das Gupta, Director of IBM Research India and CTO of IBM India and South Asia

The first Keynote address of the day was delivered by Dr Gargi Das Gupta, Director of IBM Research India and CTO of IBM India and South Asia. She elaborated on how Artificial Intelligence is omnipresent in today’s world and how it can be applied to solve real-world problems, particularly in the sphere of Retail and Agriculture. She also explained the evolution of AI from Narrow to Broad to General AI and how IBM is contributing to the advancements in the field.

Prof. Joycee M Mekie, IIT Gandhinagar

The second keynote was delivered by Prof. Joycee M Mekie, IIT Gandhinagar, on the topic “Energy Efficient Hardware for AI/ML”. She highlighted the often-ignored hardware aspects of technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and introduced the performance and energy challenges faced by researchers today. She focused on the trade-offs between error-resiliency and energy consumption. Other research areas explained by her include Approximation, Energy Efficient Memory Design, Radiation Hardened designs for Space, etc.

The two sessions were very complementary to each other as one highlighted the software aspects of AI, while the other drew the audience’s attention to the hardware aspects.

The keynotes were followed by a Poster presentation in which various students displayed their research work before the jury in the form of posters.

After a lunch break, the session continued with Panel Discussion on the theme “Soft Computing for Global Development/ Women in Computing”.

The Expert Panelists were:

  • Prof. Hiteishi Diwanji, Head IT Department, L.D. College of Engineering
  • Prof. Neeldhara Misra, Assistant Professor CSE, IIT Gandhinagar
  • Prof. Rutvi Shah, Assistant Professor, Chimanbhai Institute of Technology
  • Ms. Gunjan Lal, DevOps Engineer, Adobe India and ACM-W Council Member

The Panel Discussion was moderated by Prof. Heena Timani. The panelists elaborated on their career path and encouraged the girls to take their technical careers further.

(L to R) Prof. Heena Timani, ACM-W India Executive Council Chair Prof. Hiteishi Diwanji, Head It Department, L.D. College of Engineering Prof. Neeldhara Misra, Assistant Professor CSE, IIT Gandhinagar Prof. Rutvi Shah, Assistant Professor, Chimanbhai Institute of Technology Ms. Gunjan Lal, DevOps Engineer, Adobe India and ACM-W Council Member

Prof. Hiteishi Diwanji shared her thoughts on Information Technology and Humanity, and also highlighted the Pros and cons of teaching in Government set up. Prof. Neeldhara Misra connected with the students with various examples from her own life and explained how she made her career in teaching Computer Science to the bright undergraduate students. Prof. Rutvi Shah elaborated on her research in Soft computing and also focused on the non-academic activities in teaching. Ms. Gunjan Lal gave an overview of issues in education for women in STEM fields and emphasized on the different domains in the corporate world in Computing.  All the panelists shared how their association with ACM and ACM-W had helped them in their careers.

The session came to an end with a Valedictory Award Ceremony where the winners for Lady Ada Programming Competition and Poster Presentation were felicitated with prizes by Dr. Chandrashekhar Sahasrabudhe, COO of ACM India and Suji Gopalan, Country Manager of Oracle Academy India.

        The Official Vote of Thanks was delivered by Ms. Gunjan Lal who thanked Oracle, TCS and Reliscore for supporting this initiative and the whole team at IIT Gandhinagar for being such great hosts.

In her Concluding Remarks, Prof. Neeldhara Misra expressed her gratitude to the whole organizing team of AICWiC’19 and the audience for making the event a huge success.

ACM India Summer School for Women, 2-14 July 2019

The ACM-W Summer School on Algorithmic Game Theory was held from 2nd July to 14th July 2019 at the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar. The school saw 50 hours of lectures by nine speakers, namely: Meghana Nasre (IIT Madras), Prajakta Nimbhorkar (CMI), Sushmita Gupta (NISER Bhubaneswar), Dinesh Garg (IBM), Siddharth Barman (IISc), Nidhi Rathi (IISc), Palash Dey (IIT Kharagpur) and Neeldhara Misra (IIT Gandhinagar), apart from several tutorials supported by Chinmay Sonar (MTech scholar, IIT Gandhinagar) and Suman Banerjee (PhD scholar, IIT Kharagpur). 

The students appreciated the overall experience of the school. Apoorva Manerikar, a B.Tech final year student in Computer Science at MIT-World Peace University, Pune and a participant at the Summer School 2019, said: “A variety of eminent speakers, a fair-mix of mathematics and engineering graduates and algorithmic game theory – it was a perfect combination for us! The topics were new and we were thrilled at the way they were explained to us here. It was a wonderful and enriching experience.” Another participant, Namrata Sahayam, a Ph.D. scholar from Shri Govindram Seksaria Institute of Technology and Science, Indore, explained that this initiative by IIT Gandhinagar will be very beneficial for all the women-participants in their future careers. According to her, the most interesting part was the ease with which the speakers switched between the basics and detailed real-life examples while covering a wide range of topics. “To experience the education and the entire academic structure of IIT Gandhinagar was like a dream come true! The excellently managed library services and world-class faculty are some of the best features of this Institute,” she said. All participants received certificates of participation in summer school.

The school focused on topics in computational social choice, covering traditional topics and recent advances alike. The broad themes that were covered included stable and popular matchings, fair division of indivisible items and cake cutting and problems related to elections and voting.. The school witnessed participation from 35 girls who had come from across various colleges in the country. A special session was hosted by Ms. Pallavi Khandelwal from Codechef, who addressed various issues related to women in computing, in particular calling out gender stereotypes related to coding and math, and also issues related to societal biases. This was an especially inspiring session that lasted well beyond the planned time, and participants opened up about the various challenges that they faced even in being able to make it to the present school.

The lecture videos are now available online from this link

ACM-W Connections–September 2019

Welcome from the ACM-W Chair

September marks the beginning of a new year of programming for ACM-W and this one promises to be an exciting one.  Our organization is growing and changing, reaching ever more widely across the globe.  In July, ACM-W China was established as the newest official regional committee.  Under the leadership of their chair, Hong Gao, we anticipate increased opportunity for women in computing across China to form student and professional chapters, attend Celebrations and experience the community of support that ACM-W provides.  Welcome, ACM-W China!

In our April newsletter, I announced an organizational restructuring plan for ACM-W.  During the past several months, we have been slowly transitioning to this new structure.  The establishment of ACM-W North America is well underway and being capably led by its chair, Monica McGill.  We also solicited applications for some new leadership positions within ACM-W.  We had several interested and qualified applicants for the positions – thanks to all that applied! 

Thanks for standing with us as we work to fulfill our mission.

Jodi Tims
ACM-W Chair

The 2019-2020 ACM-W Leadership Team

Jodi Tims, Chair

“Over the years, ACM-W has given me a network of peers, mentors and friends that have had such a positive impact on my career.  I consider it a true privilege to serve as the chair of this impactful organization.  I am committed to the goal of continuing global growth of ACM-W so that women worldwide can find their professional community of support.” -Jodi

Reyyan Ayfer, Regional Activities Chair

“During my studies and work in computer science since 80’s, I have been a first-hand witness to the drastic decline in gender diversity in the field. This prompted me to motivate young women to choose computer science as a life-long career and encourage those who are already on board to stay on board. I feel strongly that future generations will resolve this diversity issue by promoting awareness, motivation and inspiration, which can be achieved through healthy communication, sharing and caring for each other. Having experienced the joy and impact of volunteer work for ACM-W, I invite all colleagues, men and women to work together for a better world that values diversity and inclusion.”  -Reyyan

Arati Dixit and Bushra Anjum, Standing Committees Chairs

“I am truly honored, privileged and excited to be an instrument in this process of empowerment of women in Computing with ACM-W!  I am looking forward to all possible opportunities to interact with Women in Computing and contribute towards creation of effective and all-inclusive networking platforms, projects and systems for the women in computing, belonging to diverse communities’ like- student, IT industry, research, academia and many more!  Along with enthusiastic ACM and ACM-W team, I am optimistic that my experience with women from different continents will help me to connect and work with this bright, diverse and influential community of Women in Computing, to make a positive impact on the dynamic field of computing!” – Arati

“Inclusion is empowering, and empowering women and underrepresented minorities in the field of technology is my life’s passion. I am privileged to be selected as the Standing Committees Chair for ACM-W, where together we celebrate, engage, and empower women in computing. “ – Bushra

Bettina Bair and Sarah McRoberts, Communications Chairs

“I’ve had many roles in ACM-W over the years: student chapter faculty adviser, celebration general chair, professional chapter chair, and executive committee member. And that’s what is great about ACM-W. By offering global advocacy, local chapters, and regional celebrations, it is an organization that is uniquely positioned to provide support to women in computing throughout their career: from student to professional.  ACM-W is there for more than 70,000 women in computing at a personal level, worldwide. And continues to offer support all year long, not just one day a year. Now as ACM-W’s Communication co-Chair, I am excited about the opportunity to help ACM-W support their global community with an interconnected set of platforms from which members can share their successes, advertise their events, and receive advice and support.” – Bettina

“I am honored to join this team of leading women in computing. I’m looking forward to helping ACM-W grow its online presence to empower and connect local leaders! I can’t wait to see what you want to share!” – Sarah

Yuqing Melanie Wu and Amelia Cole, Treasurers

“As the treasurer, I will work closely with the chair and leadership group of ACM-W to optimize the usage of our resources in supporting all existing projects and explore new projects and new funding resources that advance our mission.” –  Melanie

“My interest in ACM-W is to strengthen the interdisciplinary computing community and proactively recognize the diversity of innovations from women in STEAM fields. As a women’s rights advocate, I am proud to be part of a community that showcases inclusive research, technologies, and global policies as well as provides networking and learning opportunities for a historically marginalized population. I’m honoured to be a small part of the organization’s long term impact.” -Amelia

Rounding out the team are two stalwart champions of ACM/ACM-W:

  • Past Chair – Valerie Barr
  • ACM Headquarters Liaison – Pat Ryan, COO

ACM-W Rising Star Award – Nominations Open October 1st!

The ACM-W Rising Star Award is a new award that will recognize a woman whose early-career research has had a significant impact on the computing discipline, as measured by factors such as frequent citation of their work, creation of a new research area, a high degree of technology transfer and/or other positive influences and societal impact. The award will be given annually, and the recipient will receive a framed certificate and $1,000 stipend. Nominations will open on October 1, 2019 and close on November 15, 2019. This award was established based on a donation from Andrea Goldsmith. ACM-W would like to thank Dr. Goldsmith for her generous donation and commitment to promoting the success of women in computing! More information about the award can be found at https://women.acm.org/acm-w-awards/rising-star-award/

News from ACM-W Scholarships

The ACM Scholarship for Attendance of Research Conferences program provides support for women students in Computer Science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences. The student does not have to present a paper at the conference to be eligible for a scholarship. Applications are evaluated at 6 occasions each year, to distribute awards across a range of conferences, with usually 3-6 awards given for each group of applications. The ACM Scholarships are made possible due to the generous support of Microsoft, Google and Oracle.

If the award is for attendance at one of the ACM special interest group conferences (SIG conferences), the SIG will most likely provide complimentary conference registration and a mentor during the conference. The number of free registrations available varies from SIG to SIG. ACM-W has helped students attend a wide range of meetings including SIGGRAPH, SIGCHI, Women in Cyber Security, ACM EC, SIGCSE, IEEE Conferences, DIS, IPDPS, ICCC, ACM CHI, AAMAS, FLAIRS, WIMS, CSCW, GECCO, ICAPS, and ICSE, amongst others.

The scholarship exposes students to prominent researchers in their field, introduces students to new research, and excites them about doing research by themselves. We ask students to share with us some of their thoughts on the conference they attend, preferably with a picture, so that we can show our readers and funders the diversity of our winners. We never cease to find truly inspiring stories!

Since we are now in the process of putting up the full collection of reports from previous winners online at https://women.acm.org/scholars/acm-w-scholars/?sch_year=2019, here we simply report the award winners for the last round of the scholarship decisions. (actually, we’re still working on the backlog, but getting there!)

This new academic year we welcome four lucky winners:  two undergraduates,  Kristina Daniels (from the US) and Anushka Bhandari (from India) and two PhD students, Shringi Kumari (from India, studying in the UK) and Sariah Lopez, from Chile and studying there.  Kristina is going across the USA to SIGITE the 20th Annual Conference on Information Technology Education, hosted by the University of Washington at Tacoma, WA, while Anushka, who’s an undergraduate from IIIT Delhi, India, is going  across the globe to the 22nd ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW), in Austin, Texas, USA. Sariah Lopez, like Kristina is going to SIGITE, but from  further afield, actually from Valparaiso,  Chile. Finally, our last winner, Shringi Kumari  is going from York, in England to Barcelona, Spain, for CHI PLAY’19, the 2019 ACM SIGCHI Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play. We are proud to see our students going places and striving to give back to others. Congratulations to our four awardees!!

The next application deadline is October 15 for conferences taking place in Dec 1 – Jan 30, 2020.   For more information and to apply visit: https://women.acm.org/scholarships/

If you have any questions, please contact the scholarship committee chair Prof. Viviana Bono, at bono@di.unito.it.

News from ACM-W Europe

Chiara Petrioli joins ACM-WE Executive Committee

We are pleased to inform that Professor Chiara Petrioli has joined ACM-WE Executive Committee. Those attending womENcourage will have the pleasure of meeting Chiara during the panel sessions https://womencourage.acm.org/2019/panels/.

Chiara is Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Sensor Networks and Embedded Systems laboratory (SENSES lab) in the Department of Computer Science of the University of Rome “La Sapienza.” She is a world renowned researcher, scholar, and entrepreneur.

Chiara is a founding partner of “La Sapienza” spinoff WSENSE, a fast growing high-tech company with offices in Italy, Norway, and the UK. She is a pioneer of the Internet of Underwater Things, an area on which she has led the development of breakthrough technologies listed in the NT100 Top “Social Global Techs changing our lives 2016”. She has held many prominent leadership roles and is currently serving on the ACM Europe Council. Learn more about Chiara on https://acmweurope.acm.org/executive-committee/.

We are looking forward to working with Chiara!

ACM-W Europe welcomes volunteers!

https://acmweurope.acm.org/volunteers/

ACM Women Europe (ACM-WE) carries out the ACM Women mission in Europe, engaging volunteers who organize various activities to foster a sense of community and mutual support among professional women in computing across national boundaries. 

The work of ACM-WE is managed and performed by volunteers who contribute their time and effort. The roles and participation are flexible and leadership roles are time-limited to ensure that other volunteers have a chance to make their contributions.

Apply to become an ACM-WE Working Group Volunteer!

ACM-WE harnesses the talent and the enthusiasm of volunteers who wish to take up specific roles or tasks as parts of Working Groups or supporting the Executive Committee work. The work is allocated based on individuals’ skills, affinity, and availability. The selection of tasks and time contributions are flexible and vary based on individuals desires and ACM-WE needs.

ACM-WE will be accepting applications for Working Group volunteers from 1 October until 1 November, 2019. Application forms will be provided on the womENcourage web site closer to date.


ACM-W Connections-July 2019

  • Letter from ACM-W Chair
  • News from ACM-W Scholarships
  • News from ACM-W Celebrations
  • News from ACM-W Europe
  • News from ACM-W India

Welcome from the ACM-W Chair

In response to the call for nominations for various leadership positions in ACM-W, we received many impressive candidates.  This month I am pleased to announce the first two appointments.

ACM-W North America Committee, Chair

Monica McGill, Ed.D., has been named the chair of the newly formed ACM-W North America Committee. Dr. McGill is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Knox College. She comes to the ACM-W North America chair position having had experience in multiple sectors, including government, industry, and academia. She is active in Computer Science Education research with emphases on the impact of K-12 computing activity on its participants and the interrelationships between technology, humanity, and equality. She was the lead designer and developer of csedresearch.org, a website and repository of research on Computer Science Education with a focus towards preK-12 materials, and has published several dozen papers in journals and conference proceedings, many focusing on the factors that impact women in computing. She is passionate about supporting women in tech and bringing more women into this great sector and is excited for the opportunity to enable the North American Council to continue with the great work others have done in this area. 

ACM-W Rising Star Award Committee, Chair

Dr. Wisniewski is a Human-Computer Interaction researcher whose work lies at the intersection of Social Computing and Privacy. She is particularly interested in the interplay between social media, privacy, and online safety for adolescents. She has authored over 55 peer-reviewed publications and has won multiple best papers (top 1%) and best paper honorable mentions (top 5%) at ACM SIGCHI conferences. She has been awarded over $2.55 million in external grant funding as a principal investigator or Co-PI, and her research has been featured by popular news media outlets, including ABC News, NPR,Psychology Today, and U.S. News and World Report. She is an inaugural member of the ACM Future Computing Academy and the first computer scientist to ever be selected as a William T. Grant Scholar.

We are excited to welcome Monica and Pam to these positions.  Look for more information soon on additional positions within these two committees.

Other ACM-W News

Also appearing in this month’s newsletter are reports from:

  • ACM Scholarships
  • ACM-W Celebrations
  • ACM-W India
  • ACM-W Europe

It is our practice to take a bit of a break during the month of August, so look for the next edition of ACM-W Connections in September.

Thanks for standing with us as we work to fulfill our mission.

Jodi Tims
ACM-W Chair

News from ACM Scholarships

The ACM Scholarship for Attendance of Research Conferences program provides support for women students in Computer Science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences. The student does not have to present a paper at the conference to be eligible for a scholarship. Applications are evaluated six times each year, to distribute awards across a range of conferences. There are usually 3-6 awards given for each group of applications. The ACM Scholarships are made possible by the generous support of Microsoft, Google and Oracle.

If the award is for attendance at one of the ACM Special Interest Group conferences (SIG conferences), the SIG will most likely provide complementary conference registration and a mentor during the conference. The number of free registrations available varies from SIG to SIG. ACM-W has helped students attend a wide range of meetings including SIGGRAPH, SIGCHI, Women in Cyber Security, ACM EC, SIGCSE, IEEE Conferences, DIS, IPDPS, ICCC, AAMAS, FLAIRS, WIMS, CSCW, GECCO, ICAPS, and ICSE, amongst others.

The scholarship exposes students to prominent researchers in their field, introduces students to new research, and excites them about doing research by themselves. We ask students to share with us some of their thoughts on the conference they attend, preferably with a picture, so that we can show our readers and funders the diversity of our winners. We never cease to find truly inspiring stories!

This month we are   happy to report that we are now able to post the “trip reports” of  our awardees online at https://women.acm.org/scholars/acm-w-scholars/?sch_year=2019.  This system is just starting, but hopefully in due course we will have all trip reports online, which is great news. It means we can present all the beautiful stories we receive, instead of having to choose only two or three every scholarship decision round.

This time around we are happy to announce five winners. First an undergraduate student from India, Sarthika Dhawan, who wants to go to the 28th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) in Macao, China; then one PhD student from Brazil, Eliane Dias, who wants to go to Cyprus for INTERACT 2019 and a Master’s student, Bianca Rodrigues Teixeira, from a different part of Brazil, who also wants to go to Cyprus for INTERACT 2019. After that, we have Aikaterina Margatina, an undergraduate student from Athens, Greece who wants to go to Firenze, Italy for the Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, ACL2019. Finally, we have one PhD student from Kharagpur, West Bengal, India, Sangita Dhara, who wants to go to Pasadena, CA, USA for the IEEE International Conference on Space Mission Challenges for Information Technology.

We are also pleased to report a nice message received from one of the winners’ Advisor, who said “Thank you very much [for the scholarship for our student.] Your support is very important to help our female 
students attend important scientific events, especially in countries 
where scientific funding is becoming very scarce. I just sent a message to all my colleagues about this, and I hope to engage more of our students in the future.

Congratulations to all of our winners! We hope you will enjoy being part of your chosen research community.

The next application deadline is August 15 for conferences taking place Oct 1 – Nov 30, 2019.   For more information and to apply visit: https://women.acm.org/scholarships/.  If you have any questions, please contact the scholarship committee chair Prof. Viviana Bono, bono@di.unito.it

News from ACM-W Celebrations

The ACM-W New York Celebration of Women in Computing was held in Lake George, NY April 12-13. 170 students, faculty, industry representatives and sponsors attended. 

The CRA-W DLS program supported our keynote speakers. Dr. Jane Snowdon talked about the direction and impact of AI. Her talk was informative and aspirational and appealed to both students, folks from academia, and industry professionals. Dr. Nicki Washington inspired our attendees to “Dare to be Dope” with her morning talk about being your authentic self despite others expectations and perceptions. A chief goal of NYCWiC is to provide student attendees with role models. Both Dr. Snowdon and Dr. Washington modeled for them what it looks like to be a successful woman in technology.

In addition to panels about graduate school and cool jobs, workshops about AWS Lambda, Intro to Processing, Implicit Bias and resume critiques started the conference, followed by table topics and Dr. Snowdon’s keynote during dinner and Tinkering with Treats. We had a Ghost Tour and Game Night on Friday night for students to unwind and socialize. Saturday started with breakfast with Dr. Washington’s keynote, followed by an unconference session of panels created and voted on by the conference attendees. We ended with a Career Fair and photo shoot with the Sit With Me red chair!

News from ACM-W India

ACM- W India Fourth National Level Hackathon for women in Computing

ACM-W India, ACM Pune Chapter and SICSR ACM-W Student Chapter are delighted to invite your participation in the fourth ACM India National Level Hackathon for Women in Computing. This Hackathon aims to inspire, recognize girl’s students by providing a platform to enhance their problem solving skills in Computing. The platform provides an umbrella to female students from different parts of the nation to brainstorm code and develop technologies that would solve environmental health problems and challenges.

The Hackathon theme “Advancing Information Technology For Humanity” is designed to contribute towards the technological solution for the Environmental Health. The theme broadly focuses on natural and manmade environment and its effects on human health. Examples of such studies are various chemical exposures, human exposed to various insects, Climate change, Noise pollution and many more.

Date:  17-18  November, 2019
Venue: Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies and Research, Pune, Maharashtra India
Website: http://acmwh19.sicsr.ac.in/

News from ACM-W Europe

Informatika Feminale and Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni

The 22nd Informatica Feminale, the International Summer University for Women in Informatics and Computing, and also the 11th Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni, the International Summer University for Women in Engineering will be held from August 12 to 30, 2019 at Bremen University, Germany.

Registration is possible via the following websites until July 20, 2019.

Informatica Feminale 2019

22nd International Summer University for Women in Informatics / Computing

August 12 – 30, 2019 https://www.informatica-feminale.de

Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni 2019

11th International Summer University for Women in Engineering August 12 – 30, 2019 https://www.ingenieurinnen-sommeruni.de

Both summer universities are directed at women students of all disciplines, levels and different types of institutions of higher education as well as all women interested in computing, engineering and technology and women professionals from all over the world.

The program covers around 50 courses: introductory and basic content as well as advanced and specialized topics on an academic level. A variety of classes are offered, including  materials, membrane technology, sustainability, 3D-printing, Internet of things, gender and diversity in technology development, immersive websites, modelling and data analytics, machine learning, bioinformatics, data privacy and security, microcontroller, robotics and technical infrastructures, database systems, programming, operating systems, project and quality management, moderating and presentation skills.

ACM-W Connections–June 2019

  • Letter from ACM-W Chair
  • News from ACM-W Celebrations
  • News from ACM-W Scholarships
  • News from ACM-W Student Chapters
  • News from ACM-W Europe
  • ACM India Grad Cohort Workshop for Women
  • ACM-W Asia Pacific regional meeting

Welcome from the ACM-W Chair

As was announced in the April newsletter, ACM-W is undergoing an organizational restructuring that will better support our global growth and project support into the future.  Thanks to those of you who nominated for leadership positions in the newly formed ACM-W North America and the Rising Star Award Committee.  Decisions on those positions will be made soon.

Three additional leadership positions on the ACM-W strategic leadership team are next in line to be filled.  Those positions are:

  • Standing Committees Chair – planning and oversight of cross-cutting projects of ACM-W including the Scholarships program and efforts to attract the next generation of computing professionals
  • Communications Chair – development and oversight of ACM-W’s communication strategy including the web site, social media participation, and the monthly newsletter
  • Treasurer – oversight of budgeting in collaboration with the ACM-W chair

We are now accepting (self) nominations for these three positions.  If you are interested in joining our team or know of someone who is a good fit for a leadership role, please visit the online nomination form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/12QsyqR3_wz7JpFBkSr2Ce0jvqWH-oN9fnOL_HMBkxeQ/edit.  If you are unable to access the form for any reason, please contact me at jltims@bw.edu and I’ll be happy to assist.

Other ACM-W News

Also appearing in this month’s newsletter:

  • Catherine Lang reports on the successful workshop held in Chengdu, China last month.
  • The ENTER: Celebration of Women in Computing, held in Belgrade, Serbia in April, is featured in the Celebrations report.
  • The Student Chapters report introduces two of the newest chapter.
  • The Scholarships project invites readers to visit their newly upgraded website to read stories of scholarship awardee experiences at the conference they attended.
  • AI for Good Global Summit 2019 is featured in the ACM-W Europe report.  ACM-WE chair Natasa Milic-Frayling represented ACM-W at the event.
  • ACM-W India announces the second annual grad cohort workshop to be held in Delhi this July

Thanks for standing with us as we work to fulfill our mission.

Jodi Tims
ACM-W Chair

News from ACM-W Celebrations

ENTER: Celebration of Women in Computing 2019

The Third ACM-W Celebration of Women in Computing-ENTER 2019 happened on April 17th and 18th in Yugoslav Film Archive in Belgrade/Serbia attracting more than 200 students, faculty and representatives from industry.

The Celebration featured 2 days of programming. The first day was for the lectures and the second one for the workshops.  Two keynote speakers, one being Wei Lin, VP of Engineering at TeleSign addressed the audience.  The first day featured three parallel tracks with more than 20 speakers, most being female.  The tracks included Tech Track, Management Track and Career Talks.  On the final day, four workshops including Modern React Development, Clean Code in Practice, Basics of WordPress and Preparation of the CV were presented.

News from ACM-W Scholarships

The ACM Scholarship for Attendance of Research Conferences program provides support for women students in Computer Science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences. The student does not have to present a paper at the conference to be eligible for a scholarship. Applications are evaluated six times each year, to distribute awards across a range of conferences. There are usually 3-6 awards given for each group of applications. The ACM Scholarships are made possible by the generous support of Microsoft, Google and Oracle.

If the award is for attendance at one of the ACM Special Interest Group conferences (SIG conferences), the SIG will most likely provide complementary conference registration and a mentor during the conference. The number of free registrations available varies from SIG to SIG. ACM-W has helped students attend a wide range of meetings including SIGGRAPH, SIGCHI, Women in Cyber Security, ACM EC, SIGCSE, IEEE Conferences, DIS, IPDPS, ICCC, AAMAS, FLAIRS, WIMS, CSCW, GECCO, ICAPS, and ICSE, amongst others.

The scholarship exposes students to prominent researchers in their field, introduces students to new research, and excites them about doing research by themselves. We ask students to share with us some of their thoughts on the conference they attend, preferably with a picture, so that we can show our readers and funders the diversity of our winners. We never cease to find truly inspiring stories!

This month we are very  happy to report that,  after much work backstage  on the ACM-W webpages and the databases that support them, we are now able to post the “trip reports” of  our awardees online at https://women.acm.org/scholars/acm-w-scholars/?sch_year=2019.

This system is just starting, but hopefully in due course we will have all trip reports online, which is a great incentive for winners to write informative reports. But more importantly it means that we can present all the beautiful stories we receive, instead of having to choose only two or three every round.

This time around we feature one undergraduate student from Delhi, Brihi Joshi, who went to the conference on Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM) in Melbourne, Australia; one Master student from Sweden, Roisatul Azizah, who went to CHI 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland and one PhD student from Irvine, California, Saumya Gupta who went to Tempe, Arizona for TEI – Tangible, Enbedded, and Embodied Interaction.

Their stories and pictures speak of the wonder of attending conferences and meeting their heroes, as well as forming friendships and mentorships. Congratulations to all of our winners! We hope you do enjoy being part of your chosen research communities.

The next application deadline is June 15 for conferences taking place in August—September, 2019.   For more information and to apply visit: https://women.acm.org/scholarships/.  If you have any questions, please contact the scholarship committee chair Prof. Viviana Bono, bono@di.unito.it

News from ACM-W Student Chapters

We’d like to welcome our new chapters at DIT University, Dehradun, India and Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI.

We are also happy to award Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) our May Facebook award. Lucia Pons of the UPV chapter posted: “Last Saturday our university, Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), hosted the senior regional final of the Technovation Challenge Valencia 2019. Our chapter was present in the event with volunteers and mentors. We had a great day supporting and cheering up the girls! Furthermore, the two teams mentored by our members obtained the bronze awards! We are looking forward to keep collaborating in this fantastic event next year! #girlpower #sheIsWhyICode

Thanks for sharing your news and inspiring us all!

News from ACM-W Europe

womENcourage 2019 – ACM Celebration of Women in Computing

Rome, Italy  September 16-18, 2019

This year’s theme: Diversity Drives Societal Change

WomENcourage organisers are working non-stop to create a rich and enjoyable event.

Now that the poster and scholarship deadlines have passed, we are happy to announce that more than 120 submitted posters were submitted, and there are more than 140 scholarship requests.

The two multidisciplinary research tracks have signed up top speakers in two areas: “Shaping Conscious Cities” and “Artificial Intelligence and Health”.  The panels and workshops have fascinating themes such as Smart Cities, Internet of Underwater things, Women in Cybersecurity, Big data and more. Stay tuned for a very exciting program.

This year’s keynote speakers are Francesca Rossi, Sihem Amer-Yahia, Danielle (Sparky) VanDyke, and Donatella Sciuto.

Francesca Rossi – IBM AI Ethics Global Leader and Distinguished Research Staff Member at IBM Research

Her research interests focus on artificial intelligence, specifically, they include constraint reasoning, preferences, multi-agent systems, computational social choice, and collective decision making.

Sihem Amer-Yahia -Research Director at CNRS

Her interests are at the intersection of large-scale data management and social data exploration.

Danielle (Sparky) VanDyke  – Software Reliability Engineering Manager, Google

She leads teams working on the infrastructure & tooling to make Google’s mobile applications stronger, faster, and more reliable.

Donatella Sciuto – Executive Vice Rector of the Politecnico di Milano and Full Professor in Computer Science and Engineering

Her main research interests cover the methodologies for the design of embedded systems and multicore systems considering performance, power and security metrics.

Of course, all of this would not have been possible without our supporters. https://womencourage.acm.org/2019/supporters/

You can also learn current happenings about womENcourage on social media. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Linkedin, and search for acmwomencourage on Instagram.   Facebook 2019 Forum is also up and running for the participants of womENcourage 2019. Feel free to ask questions, introduce yourself and chat with others, make travel and accommodation plans, and most importantly meet new people and make friends before coming to the event! Click here to join.

Important Dates

Last day for early registration        15 July  2019

Ada’s Legacy celebrated at ADA University

For the 4th year in a row Azerbaijan ACM/ACM-W Chapter partners with ADA University to host the Ada’s Legacy: ACM Celebration in Baku. Over the past years Ada’s Legacy attracted participants, women and men alike, from academia, industry and government sector. Apart from celebrating the role of women in computing, it also promotes ACM’s womEncourage conference and encourages participation from Azerbaijan. Now, at least 5 delegates represent the country at the conference every year. Last October, 3 female computing students from Azerbaijan also joined young researchers from all over Europe presenting their posters in Belgrade.

This now annual celebration started back in 2016 with Reyyan Ayfer, then founding Chair of ACM-W Europe kicking off motivational speeches from leading local women in computing. The program in 2017 included the screening of BBC documentary Calculating Ada: The Countess of Computing, subtitled in Azerbaijani with the guest of honour Prof. Jennifer Widom, Dean of the Stanford School of Engineering.

This year’s celebration program was expanded to 2 days and took place on 4-5 May. Started on Star Wars Day, the event featured stickers with popular female characters that promoted coding. Day 1 included the plenary session and parallel afternoon sessions with student research presentations, workshops and movie screenings. Day 2 hackathon was a follow up to the game development workshop from the previous day. Read more about the event at https://azerbaijan.acm.org/ada-s-legacy/program/.

ACM India Grad Cohort Workshop for Women

ACM India is pleased to announce the second  ACM India Grad Cohort Workshop for women after the first successful Grad Cohort workshop for women PhD students working in computing. The main goal of this workshop is to reach out to Indian women graduate students in the field of computing. The speakers will be eminent women Computer Science researchers from the Indian academia and industry, who themselves were in the shoes of the audience of grad students, a few years to many decades back. In this evolving social context of more and more women taking up Computer Science and CS research as career, the talks, panels and interactive sessions will focus on the speakers’ personal experiences. 

Venue: Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India
Dates:  6 – 7 July, 2019
Website: http://www.cse.iitd.ernet.in/~rijurekha/acmindiacohort2019.html

Topics of Interest: 

  • More hands-on aspects of choosing PhD advisor
  • Finding a research topic
  • Honing reading and writing skills for literature survey in PhD
  • Time management and building confidence
  • One-on-one networking/discussions with senior researchers, both from industry and academia

ACM-W Asia Pacific regional meeting

At the CompEd2019 Conference held in Chengdu, China in May a pre-conference workshop was organised by Jodi Tims and facilitated by Catherine Lang, with the aim of establishing an ACM-W regional community in the Asia Pacific region to identify, grow and support Women in Computing efforts.

Representatives from six countries were present: Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Japan, Indonesia and Thailand.  The two-day workshop consisted of a series of presentations and discussions, with opportunities for members to share their own experiences for encouraging women in computing in their universities, and promoting the profession in the wider community.

The attendees were also fortunate to meet both Jodi Tims and Reyyan Ayfer over the Zoom Messaging system. Reyyan joined us from Turkey and shared her experiences in setting up the ACM-Europe group as well as providing tips on how to build the team, keep in touch and celebrate together either with local or regional events. Her advice of taking ‘baby steps’ was invaluable to the group. Jodi was able to join us from the USA, providing support and encouragement to the workshop. Other presenters were Jacqueline Tate and Jenine Beekhuyzen who explained how they manage fundraising, sponsorship and outreach activities.

At the conclusion of the two-day event there was a sense of enthusiasm to explore the possibility of regional events and celebrations. The first online meeting was held this week, and plans are under way to structure and grow the group by inviting members from other Asia Pacific countries, gain visibility of the group on-line as well as agree on the location of our first event.

We are also keeping in mind Reyyan’s advice of ‘baby steps’. Thank you to Jodi and the ACM-W for initiating this excellent opportunity.

If anyone would like to join the group and help the Steering Committee please contact c.lang@latrobe.edu.au or bimlesh@nus.edu.sg.

ACM-W Connections–May 2019

  • Letter from ACM-W Chair
  • News from ACM-W Celebrations
  • News from ACM-W Scholarships
  • News from ACM-W Europe

Welcome from the ACM-W Chair

On April 12-13, ACM-W once again hosted a group of international guests to attend the 2019 CRA-W Grad Cohort Workshop in Chicago, IL (https://cra.org/cra-w/events/grad-cohort-2019/).  This year’s attendees hailed from Turkey, Pakistan, Kuwait and the Philippines.  This amazing group of eight women observed the two-day event, learning much about the impact that the effort has in the lives of the graduate students who participate.  As I interacted with the invited guests it was clear that they were impressed by the event they witnessed and that they hope to replicate the program in their home countries in the near future.  I wish to personally thank Erik Russell, Daniela Cardenas, and Alejandra Guzman for the effort they put forward to ensure our guests had a good experience.  I also want to thank the entire CRA-W Board for their continued commitment to the grad cohort program.  It has truly been my pleasure to be a part of this partnership that has resulted in three global grad cohort workshops to date with the promise of many more to come.

Reminder: Seeking Nominations for ACM-W Leadership Positions

ACM-W is currently seeking nominations for leadership positions within our new organizational structure, which is scheduled to roll out July 1st, 2019.  Nominations for these positions are being collected through a form accessible from our web site. Currently, we are seeking to fill the positions of Chair, ACM-W North America and Chair, Rising Star Award Committee.  Please visit the web page (https://women.acm.org/leadership-opportunities/) and consider nominating yourself or another qualified person for positions of interest.

Other ACM-W News

Also appearing in this month’s newsletter:

  • The ACM-W Scholarship Committee announces the recipients of the April awards.
  • The 4th KYCC-WiC is highlighted in the Celebrations report.
  • ACM-W Europe features the She Figures 2019 report from the European commission along with several announcements of upcoming women in computing events in Europe.

Thanks for standing with us as we work to fulfill our mission.

Jodi Tims
ACM-W Chair

News from ACM-W Celebrations

The 4th Biennial KYCC Women in Computing Celebration Held at OCTC

Students, faculty, and industry partners from across Kentucky, Indiana, and North Carolina celebrated Women in Computing (WiC) at the 4th biennial Kentucky Community College (KYCC) event at Owensboro Community and Technical College (OCTC) on March 22 – 23, 2019. This conference is the first WiC celebration event designed explicitly for community colleges.

The theme for the celebration was “Busting Barriers in the Bluegrass”. The conference had presentations and panel discussions covering a wide range of computing topics, but many were focused on improving the number of women in the computer field.  Several speakers presented many great ideas/proven methods on getting more young women interested in a computer science/information technology career.  The conference also had student-focused presentations on beginning a career.

The conference was attended by more than one hundred participants from the Kentucky Community & Technical College System, Northern Kentucky University, Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Forsyth Tech Community College, Ivy Tech Community College, University of Southern Indiana, and several industry partners.  Dr. Scott Williams, president of Owensboro Community and Technical College, opened the conference with a warm welcome.

The first keynote speaker was the award-winning novelist of African-based science fiction and fantasy, Nnedi Okorafor. She is the co-author of the Black Panther comics from Marvel Comics. Born in the United States to Nigerian immigrant parents, Dr. Okorafor is known for weaving African culture and folklore into creative, evocative settings with memorable characters. Dr. Okorafor inspired the participants by encouraging women to pursue their career goals, and to be strong and never give up.

The second keynote speaker was Smita Bakshi, CEO of Zyante. Dr. Bakshi is a high-tech professional with over fifteen years of experience spanning product management, business development, engineering and education across several software industries. Her specialties include Education Technology and Enterprise Software. One of her passions is encouraging young women to seek careers in STEM fields. Her presentation was titled “Women in Technology: You Can and You Must”, and it was inspiring to our young women just starting their careers.

There were many opportunities to learn and to network at the conference.  Some of the topics covered were digital forensic tools, use of unmanned aerial vehicles, curricular guidelines for cybersecurity, manufacturing & IT, and the impact of technology in politics.  Conference attendees enjoyed the Kentucky hospitality, nationally acclaimed BBQ, and a trip to the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

News from ACM-W Scholarships

The ACM Scholarship for Attendance of Research Conferences program provides support for women students in Computer Science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences. The student does not have to present a paper at the conference to be eligible for a scholarship. Applications are evaluated six times each year, to distribute awards across a range of conferences. There are usually 3-6 awards given for each group of applications. The ACM Scholarships are made possible by the generous support of Microsoft, Google and Oracle.

If the award is for attendance at one of the ACM Special Interest Group conferences (SIG conferences), the SIG will most likely provide complementary conference registration and a mentor during the conference. The number of free registrations available varies from SIG to SIG. ACM-W has helped students attend a wide range of meetings including SIGGRAPH, SIGCHI, Women in Cyber Security, ACM EC, SIGCSE, IEEE Conferences, DIS, IPDPS, ICCC, AAMAS, FLAIRS, WIMS, CSCW, GECCO, ICAPS, and ICSE, amongst others.

The scholarship exposes students to prominent researchers in their field, introduces students to new research, and excites them about doing research by themselves. We ask students to share with us some of their thoughts on the conference they attend, preferably with a picture, so that we can show our readers and funders the diversity of our winners. We never cease to find truly inspiring stories!

This month we report the names of the winners of the previous round of scholarships. Two of our students, Alexandra Chronopoulou, from Athens, Greece and Kritika Agrawal from Hyderabad, India are going to   NAACL2019, the  North-American Association of Computational Linguistics annual conference in Minneapolis, MN, USA.

Two undergraduate students from Jaipur, India,  Aakanksha Chauhan, and Nisha Shekhawat are going to the prestigious  ACM Web Science Conference in Boston, MA, USA. And Uma Maheswari Gollapudi, also from Hyderabad, India is going to Amsterdam, Holland, for the 5th International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2).

Congratulations to all of our winners! We hope you do enjoy being part of your chosen research communities.

The next application deadline is June 15 for conferences taking place in August—September, 2019.   For more information and to apply visit: https://women.acm.org/scholarships/

If you have any questions, please contact the scholarship committee chair Prof. Viviana Bono, bono@di.unito.it

News from ACM-W Europe

womENcourage 2019 – ACM Celebration of Women in Computing

Rome, Italy  September 16-18, 2019
https://womencourage.acm.org

This year’s theme: Diversity Drives Societal Change

The Sixth ACM Celebration of Women in Computing will be held in the beautiful city of Rome,  Italy on September 16-18, 2019.

This year merit-based scholarships will be available to support registration and travel expenses for up to 100 participants. Find out how you can participate in womENcourage in the Call for Participation page.

The preparations for this year’s womENcourage is continuing with several side events supporting. 

Pink Hackathon Roadshow took place on the 6th of May 2019 (9:30-18:00) in several cities in the Lazio Region.

60 young students aged 15 to 19 met  for a computer marathon, on the subject of Energy Efficiency at home and at school. Two teams selected as winners of a scholarship to participate in womENcourage 2019.

Workshop organised by IBM Italy Foundation and Fondazione Mondo Digitale took place on the 8th of May 2019 (10:00-13:00) as part of STEM in the City initiative.

80 young female students aged 15 to 19 from the Caterina da Siena Institute attended the workshop which aims to support and inspire them to start a brilliant career in  science and technology. The workshop was followed by a dynamic in-depth discussion on Artificial Intelligence and new digital trends. Again, participants were selected to receive a scholarship to attend womENcourage 2019.

You can also learn current happenings about womENcourage on social media. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Linkedin, and search for acmwomencourage on Instagram.   Facebook 2019 Forum is also up and running for the participants of womENcourage 2019. Feel free to ask questions, introduce yourself and chat with others, make travel and accommodation plans, and most importantly meet new people and make friends before coming to the event! Click here to join.

ACM-W Connections–April 2019

  • Letter from ACM-W Chair
  • News from ACM-W Celebrations
  • News from ACM-W Student Chapters
  • News from ACM-W Professional Chapters
  • News from ACM-W Scholarships
  • News from ACM-W Europe
  • News from ACM-India

Welcome from the ACM-W Chair

On April 1st, the ACM Council approved an organizational restructuring plan for ACM-W.  The goal of the new structure is to better support global growth and strategic visioning for our organization.  Over the coming months, more information about the new structure will be posted on our ACM-W web site and highlighted in the newsletter.

One of the major changes of the new structure is the formation of an ACM-W North America Committee. For several years, ACM-W Europe and ACM-W India have provided the organizational infrastructure for building ACM-W activity in those regions.  The creation of ACM-W North America enables similar support for regional activity in the United States and Canada and establishes a consistent and easily replicable model for growth into other regions.

As we transition to the new structure, we will be looking to fill several leadership positions.  Nominations for those positions will be collected through a form accessible from our web site. The first two leadership positions (Chair, ACM-W North America and Chair, Rising Star Award Committee) have been posted on the site and more will be added in the coming weeks.  Please visit the web page (https://women.acm.org/leadership-opportunities/) and consider nominating yourself or another qualified person for positions of interest.

ACM-W Workshop, Chengdu, China

This May, ACM SIGCSE is launching the ACM Global Computing Education Conference.  ACM-W will be hosting a pre-conference workshop during which attendees will learn about the activities and programs of ACM-W and encouraged to initiate efforts in their regions.  If you are attending the conference and are interested in attending this workshop, you are welcome. It will be held on the afternoon of May 15th and the morning of May 16th.  Specific details of time and room location in the conference venue will be distributed as they become available.

Other ACM-W News

Also appearing in this month’s newsletter:

  • The ACM-W Student Chapter report has information about obtaining chapters stickers for use as swag at chapter events.
  • The Professional Chapters report presents a model for building membership in a chapter.
  • Highlights from MinneWiC appear in the Celebrations report.
  • Read the Scholarship Committee report to learn about the impact this program has for those who receive awards.
  • The ACM-W Europe report features information about ACM-W participation in an upcoming global AI summit.
  • ACM-W India announces the 2019 ACM India Celebration of Women in Computing (AICWiC 2019).

Thanks for standing with us as we work to fulfill our mission.

Jodi Tims
ACM-W Chair

News from ACM-W Celebrations

MinneWIC Regional Computing Conference

The University of Minnesota Duluth hosted an undergraduate research workshop in Fall 2018, followed by a series of meetings culminating in a two day conference in Spring 2019.  The objectives were  not only to make undergraduate students aware of research,  but also to create an opportunity for hands on research activities and projects led by faculty and industry leaders in the areas of biomedical engineering, virtual reality, security, machine learning, natural language processing, robotics and artificial intelligence.

A two day conference concluded the students research experience. Opening with a good hearty breakfast of crepes, fruit, Nutella and peanut butter made the get-together fun. There were two simultaneous sessions:one for the undergraduates and another for the graduate students. For the undergraduates, the day started with the mentees and mentors meeting in the morning to discuss next steps and future goals of their research. Next were the research presentations by the undergraduate students, training them to present research and share their findings and methods. This was a short 10 to 15  minute presentation per team. This activity was extremely informational in terms of realizing the various research topics and ideas for future research ideas and collaborations.

The faculty and graduate student mentors had an opportunity to hear all the presentations, giving them opportunities to network and collaborate. This was an excellent medium to share the research that faculty are doing through their students.

MinneWIC 2019

During this period the graduate students were attending sessions on research writing, issues with writing, overcoming writer’s block and other topics on writing. They also attended a presentation on how to work towards an academic career, how to write teaching statements, how to write research statements, looking for a faculty position and more.

After an elaborate lunch  there was a poster session/competition and job fair/grad fair. The faculty served as judges for the competition and spent the entire afternoon judging the posters. Several companies came for the job fair. The evening started with the great talk by the academic keynote speaker, Dr. Tawanna Dillahunt, discussing the results of several studies that investigate how ICTs could improve employability, particularly among job seekers with limited digital skills, education, and income, and those who are geographically and socially isolated. A speaker from Google  shared how they work and discuss the work he does at Google. Students were intrigued by Google’s work discipline and mechanism and asked several questions. This was a very interesting hour long discussion. Lightning sessions were conducted where the graduate students presented their research. This session was extremely beneficial for the undergraduate students to experience and learn about the grad level research.

The second day of the conference started off with a keynote speaker from industry, Dr. Tonya Custis from Thomson Reuters. Dr. Custis spoke about AI, NLP, auto news report generation, search assistance for attorneys and her work at Thomson Reuters. Then there was a career panel discussion where panels represented various sectors of industry and academia. This was very well received with many questions from the students. Next there was a presentation on “Ethics in IT” by Dr. Alexis Elder, where she discussed various potential issues that can be categorized as ethical issues in research. After a healthy lunch there was a panel on graduate school where we had panels from masters, to Ph.D, postdocs and professors share their perspectives on why they chose graduate school and the dos and don’ts of graduate school.

News from ACM-W Student Chapters

We’d like to welcome our new chapters at Poornima College of Engineering, UBC Okanagan, Michigan Tech, and The Federal University of Technology, Akure.

We are happy to announce that we will be making our face stickers available for student chapters to use as swag at chapter events. See our web page for more information!

Congratulations to St. Mary’s College of Maryland and the Universitat Politècnica de València for winning our March Facebook contest! Each chapter will receive $50 to help celebrate their accomplishments.

Jen Mince from St. Mary’s posted:

The St. Mary’s College of Maryland ACM-Women and Minorities chapter assisted the SMCM hacking club with their hackathon event on Saturday, March 2nd. We assisted with keeping the students on track and engaged in activities such as cup stacking and an app design contest. The event was open to all local students, especially aimed at high school and college age.

St. Mary’s College of Maryland Hackathon

Lucia Pons of UPV wrote:

¡Hi! Last week A Coruña (Spain) held the fourth edition of Informática Para Tod@s (https://ipt.acm.org/), the Spanish annual ACM-W Celebration. It’s a two-day event with a poster session, technical talks as well as a very lively discussion panel. There was also a Career fair and presentations from Spanish communities of women in technology. Our chapter of ACM-W UPV (currently the only ACM-W Chapter in Spain) was present once more, being one of its members chair of this edition. We are looking forwards to next year’s edition!

Thanks for sharing your news and inspiring us all! The April Facebook is happening now! Just post about your chapter’s activities within 30 days to our Facebook page and you’ll be eligible for the monthly contest.

News from ACM-W Professional Chapters

Developing Membership

The OCWiC ACM-W Professional Chapter generated a lot of excitement and interest in membership at the OCWiC conference in February.  Many students and professionals visited the ACM-W hosted table during the Expo/Career fair to ask questions about starting regional chapters and becoming members of the OCWiC ACM-W chapter. 

Since OCWiC ACM-W Professional Chapter members come from different stages of their career, from different domains and with different needs and interests, the chapter offers membership with services and benefits for everyone.  Membership is available with flexible requirements at each level, and the value of membership grow with the members’ career (ocwic.org/memberships).

Student members give the Chapter its energy and purpose. Student members get a lot: local and regional events calendar, discounted registration at affiliated events, listing in the resume DB, connection with employers, weekly newsletter.

Members at the professional level are the power and strength of the OCWiC ACM-W Professional Chapter.  Professional members get all of the benefits of student membership, plus they are able to vote and take a larger role in the Community.

Leadership members are the Chapter MVPs – Most Valued Professionals. At this level, members oversee the events, projects and communities of OCWiC. They get all of the benefits of Professional Membership, plus write for the blog/newsletter and attend our annual Leadership Summit.

Affiliate members provide the Chapter with deep professional networks, mentors, and financial support. Affiliates get Professional memberships for employees and have increased access to job seekers and volunteers. Affiliate memberships are offered to institutions, such as schools, companies, non-profits.

The OCWiC ACM-W membership drive is ongoing.  For more information about the chapter and organization, please visit ocwic.org.

News from ACM-W Scholarships

The ACM Scholarship for Attendance of Research Conferences program provides support for women students in Computer Science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences. The student does not have to present a paper at the conference to be eligible for a scholarship. Applications are evaluated at 6 occasions each year, to distribute awards across a range of conferences, with usually 3-6 awards given for each group of applications. The ACM Scholarships are made possible due to the generous support of Microsoft, Google and Oracle.

If the award is for attendance at one of the ACM special interest group conferences (SIG conferences), the SIG will most likely provide complementary conference registration and a mentor during the conference. The number of free registrations available varies from SIG to SIG. ACM-W has helped students attend a wide range of meetings including SIGGRAPH, SIGCHI, Women in Cyber Security, ACM EC, SIGCSE, IEEE Conferences, DIS, IPDPS, ICCC, ACM CHI, AAMAS, FLAIRS, WIMS, CSCW, GECCO, ICAPS, and ICSE, amongst others.

The scholarship exposes students to prominent researchers in their field, introduces students to new research, and excites them about doing research by themselves. We ask students to share with us some of their thoughts on the conference they attend, preferably with a picture, so that we can show our readers and funders the diversity of our winners. We never cease to find truly inspiring stories!

This month we report a personal impression from a previous winner of the scholarship.

We made it anonymous, as it is “from the heart” and while it is great to be able to share it with our readers, it may be too candid for some. It speaks of the “impostor syndrome” that we all have heard about. Our winner says:

I was incredibly fortunate to go to my first science conference as a student volunteer last week, and I had no idea what to expect. As a female undergraduate with no paper or poster to present, I was nervous about proving my place there and not making a fool of myself, even though I factually was a fool compared to the industry researchers and PhD students I met. But surprisingly, once I was at the conference, the gap in knowledge between me and these accomplished people was never a source of intimidation. The other student volunteers were incredibly welcoming and receptive to my questions about their research, never losing patience when I asked questions out of ignorance of computer science (I asked many of these questions). It was amazing to hear about the different projects they were developing, and what they were doing to make wide the spectrum of computer science’s applications, whether it was in medicine or the arts or in a classroom setting.

The experience that had the strongest impact on me was of the student volunteer who immediately shared all of his research with me when it became apparent that it would help my own. I mentioned that my group for my class was having trouble finding the hardware we needed to properly simulate the sensation of a guiding hand through a bracelet. The student volunteer’s demeanor seemed to change completely, coming into focus. and he told me that his lab had developed an entire glove for virtual reality with similar technology, He launched into a speech about the varying progress his lab had made, showing me demos and user studies and explaining exactly what materials I’d need to build my own glove. He didn’t seem at all concerned as to whether I’d credit him and his lab for their help; he was entirely concerned with making sure that I would be able to make progress and that I knew I could email him anytime with questions. After spending thirteen years as a student in highly competitive schools, I needed a reminder that I wasn’t absorbing knowledge just to raise my own grades and better myself, but also to share it with other people in my communities and better them as well. It finally occurred to me that the whole purpose of scientific conferences was the mass sharing of information in the name of scientific progress, and not a show of who had accomplished more in the past year.

This was so nice to hear. It makes all the work in the Scholarship project worth its trouble. Thank you, friend!

The next application deadline is April 15 for conferences taking place in June—July 2019.   For more information and to apply visit: https://women.acm.org/scholarships/

If you have any questions, please contact the scholarship committee chair Prof. Viviana Bono, bono@di.unito.it

News from ACM-W Europe

womENcourage 2019 – ACM Celebration of Women in Computing

Rome, Italy  September 16-18, 2019

https://womencourage.acm.org

This year’s theme: Diversity Drives Societal Change

The Sixth ACM Celebration of Women in Computing will be held in the beautiful city of Rome,  Italy on September 16-18, 2019. The celebration programme offers something for everyone. We invite all the students, faculty members, professionals and researchers to come to the event, take part in the hackathon and workshops, and attend the invited talks and research presentations. The participants will enjoy social activities, opportunities for networking and establishing new collaborations and hearing about exciting job opportunities at the career fair.

Come and join us for:

  • The hackathon – Through teamwork, work on new concepts and ideas and enjoy the collaborative and competitive spirit. Winning teams will get prizes.  Hackathon participants are all eligible for scholarships.
  • The career fair – Meet representatives from international companies that have generously sponsored the Celebration
  • Keynotes, workshops, panels and interdisciplinary research tracks – Get inspired by presentations from prominent speakers. You will hear about fascinating topics and learn about new interdisciplinary research in Coding Conscious Cities and Artificial Intelligence and Health.

This year merit-based scholarships will be available to support registration and travel expenses for up to 100 participants. Find out how you can participate in womENcourage in the Call for Participation page.

You can also learn more about womENcourage on social media. Follow us to keep up-to-date with the preparations. We are on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and search for acmwomencourage on Instagram.   Facebook 2019 Forum is also up and running for the participants of womENcourage 2019. Feel free to ask questions, introduce yourself and chat with others, make travel and accommodation plans, and most importantly meet new people and make friends before coming to the event! Click here to join.

Important Dates

Poster submissions                         15 April 2019
Workshop/tutorial proposals         15 May 2019
Scholarship applications                  27 May 2019
Last day for early registration        15 July  2019

womENcourage 2020 – Call for Hosting Proposals

Wish to organize womENcourage 2020?

Submit your Expression of Interest by 15 April 2019.

ACM womENcourage Celebration is organized annually by ACM Women Europe and held each year in a different European country. It provides opportunities for women from diverse technical disciplines to come together and exchange knowledge, ideas and experiences. The Celebration is supported by several companies and professional organizations who generously donate funds and take part in the Career Fair, presenting exciting employment opportunities. womENcourage attendees take part in hackathon projects, workshops, tutorials, keynotes, technical talks, panels, and poster presentations and expand their professional network through socializing.

With womENcourage 2019 organization well underway, we are now looking for proposals to host womENcourage 2020. The proposal processincludes two phases:

1.           Expressions of Interest (EoI) to be submitted by 15 April 2019. Notification of successful EoI proposal by 15 May 2019.

2.            Full Hosting Proposals by 15 June 2019.Notification of the final decision on 5 July 2019.

Each EoI will be reviewed by the womENcourage Steering Committee. Teams will shortlisted proposals will be invited to submit a full proposal and provided with a budget template and advice. The full proposals are due on 15 June.

The template for EoI can be found here. The template for Full Hosting  Proposal can be found here. Completed EoI needs to be submitted in the PDF format through the Google form.  

We look forward to receiving your proposal. Should you have any questions or require further information, please send email to the womENcourage Steering Committee: ACMWE_SC@LISTSERV.ACM.ORG.

News from ACM-W India

ACM India Celebration of Women in Computing 2019

ACM India Celebration of Women in Computing 2019 (AICWiC 2019),  at Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India  brings in a unique opportunity of collective learning, interacting with experts and peers and showcasing your work-in progress research to an enlightened audience for getting their valuable insights. This two-day celebration has several intellectually enriching opportunities for women students and professionals in the field of computing. ACM- W India aims to support, celebrate and advocate full engagement of women in computing across the nation.

Theme: Soft Computing for Global Development
Date: 12-13 July 2019
Venue: Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India
Website: https://sites.google.com/view/aicwic2019/

Highlights of AICWiC 2019:

  • LADY ADA National Level Programming Contest for Women(Final Round on July 12, 2019 , 2:00pm to 5:00pm )
  • Invited Talks
  • Poster and full presentation of the selected Work-in-Progress research of  graduate (Ph.D. or Master level) women students
  • Panel Discussion

ACM India Summer School on Algorithmic Game Theory (for women only)

ACM India is pleased to announce ACM-W India Summer School 2019, Co-sponsored by Oracle Academy after the highly successful summer schools held in last two years. This school is designed to encourage research culture in women students who are pre-final year undergraduate or postgraduate students (or other years in exceptional cases).

Venue: Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India
Dates: 2 – 14 July 2019 (2- weeks)
Website: http://india.acm.org/game-theory.html

Topics of Interest:

  • Basic solution concepts, computational issues, Complexity of finding Nash equilibria
  • Introduction to mechanism design, Preference aggregation: voting and election problems
  • Mechanisms without money: stable matchings, More on matchings: popular matchings
  • Overview of fair division, Survey of domain restrictions

ACM-W Connections–March 2019

  • Letter from ACM-W Chair
  • News from ACM-W Celebrations
  • News from ACM-W Student Chapters
  • News from ACM-W Professional Chapters
  • News from ACM-W Scholarships
  • News from ACM-W Europe

Welcome from the ACM-W Chair

Each year ACM presents the Athena Lecturer Award to a woman researcher who has made fundamental contributions to Computer Science.  This year’s recipient, Andrea Goldsmith, is grateful for having received this honor and is motivated to give back to the women in computing community by establishing the ACM-W Rising Star Award.  The award recognizes a woman whose early-career research has had significant impact on the computing discipline, as measured by frequent citation of the work, creation of a new research area,  a high degree of technology transfer and/or other positive influences.  In Andrea’s own words:

“I’m thrilled to see the ACM-W Rising Star Award, recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of young women researchers in Computer Science and related fields, come into fruition. This award is meant to boost the visibility of the most promising young women in these fields as the future leaders of our profession. I also hope that showcasing the accomplishments of these rising stars will encourage more women to enter these fields. We need their diversity of experiences and ideas to ensure our profession will continue to thrive long into the future.”

ACM-W will be establishing an awards committee that will solicit nominations for the award annually at the beginning of August.  The call for nominations will appear in this newsletter, on social media channels and on the ACM/ACM-W web sites.   The winner will be recognized at a conference of their choosing, pending the approval of the program committee for that conference.  The ACM-W Chair or his/her designee will attend to present the award. The awardee will receive a framed certificate and $1000 stipend to be used at her discretion.

On behalf of all of ACM-W, I express my deepest appreciation to Andrea for making the ACM-W Rising Star Award possible!

Other ACM-W News

Also appearing in this month’s newsletter:

  • The ACM-W Student Chapter report welcomes seven new chapters and announces the winner of the March Facebook Contest.
  • Professional Chapters highlights the OCWiC (Ohio) ACM-W Professional Chapter.
  • An overview of all the March Celebrations appears in the Celebrations section.
  • The Scholarships Committee announces the most recent awardees.
  • The contribution from ACM-W Europe highlights the high level of activity going on across Europe.

Thanks for standing with us as we work to fulfill our mission.

Jodi Tims
ACM-W Chair

News from ACM-W Celebrations

ACM Celebrations gather women that work or study within the same region together to connect, network and celebrate their mutual interests of Computer Science and technology.     Celebrations typical include keynote speakers from academia or industry, panel sessions on topics such as what to expect in your CS career or the impostor syndrome, workshops on resume writing, communication, interview skills or new technologies, a career fair and opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to present their work.  Celebrations are organized by volunteers and most agree that organizing a Celebration is one of the most rewarding things that they have done.   ACM will provide some seed funding along with support from Microsoft.  We also can provide web-site hosting, handle your finances and provide plenty of advice and assistance on organizing a Celebration.   Celebrations happen worldwide!  If you are interested in organizing, contact us to discuss!

The following Celebrations are taking place in March:

March 16:  Ankara Celebration of Women in Computing, Turkey Turkey March 16, 2019 Turkish
March 22/23: Kentucky Community Colleges Women in Computing, an ACM Celebration Event, Kentucky Kentucky March 22 & 23, 2019 English
March 22/23: ACM Capital Region Celebration of Women in Computing, Virginia James Madison University, Harrisonburg VA March 22 & 23, 2019 English
March 28/29:  ACM-W: Informa¡tica para tod@s, Spain   A Coruña,Spain March 28-29, 2019 Spanish

For more information, please contact the Celebrations Chair, Wendy Powley (wendy@cs.queensu.ca).

News from ACM-W Student Chapters

We’d like to welcome our new chapters at University of Alabama, SAGE University, St. Claret College, Pimpri Chinchwad College of Engineering, Kalasalingam Academy of Research and Education, Adelphi University, RCC Institute of Information Technology, and Birla Institute of Technology, Pilani – Dubai.

We’d also like to congratulate North South University for winning our March Facebook Contest. Chapter member Taslima Mozumder Priyanka posted about their robotics event held in February:

“In modern world having knowledge on robotics is becoming a must for engineering students and basic robotics will provide the platform to start various projects. Knowing the basics will enable the participants to demonstrate their skills, creativity and innovative thinking in the field of robotics. And that’s why NSU ACM-W SC has organised a workshop on basic robotics only for female students of NSU, “Introduction to Robotics” on 15th February, 2019. 
It was an open workshop for all female students of North South University, which was focused on the basics of robotics and the equipment’s were provided. The participants were introduced to Arduino, learned the uses of sonar sensors, motor controls and wireless control etc. Then they learned how to make RC bots. Also, the participants were given two tasks to practice what they learned and showcase a project within a fixed deadline. We hope and wish the teams will be participating in various competitions with their project around the country!”

Thanks for sharing your news and inspiring us all!

North South University will receive a $50 prize that they can use for future activities.

Your chapter could win a monthly Facebook Post contest too. Just post about your activity or event within 30 days and you’ll be eligible to win.

ACM-W Professional Chapters – Recruiting Members at Your Celebration

The OCWiC ACMW Professional Chapter kicked off its Membership Drive in a big way during OCWiC19, the eighth Ohio Celebration of Women in Computing event.  The 260+ attendees were greeted by the Chapter’s Chair and Vice Chair, Bettina Bair and Rachelle Hippler, who gave an overview of the new chapter’s mission and scope. Printed “OCWiC Today” newspapers were available in common areas with more details. (https://ocwic.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/ocwicToday.pdf)

The OCWiC ACMW Professional Chapter has been described a kind of meta-chapter that fosters traditional local and regional chapters. For example, the NW Ohio Professional Chapter is led by Janelle Vickers, who is also a Leadership Level Member of OCWiC ACMW. And presidents of ACMW Student Chapters have been invited to participate in the OCWiC ACMW Professional Chapter at the Leadership Level as well. Having OCWiC ACMW in place helps the chapters stay connected with each other

For more information about the OCWiC ACMW chapter and celebration, please visit ocwic.org.

News from ACM-W Scholarships

The ACM Scholarship for Attendance of Research Conferences program provides support for women students in Computer Science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences. The student does not have to present a paper at the conference to be eligible for a scholarship. Applications are evaluated six times each year, to distribute awards across a range of conferences. There are usually 3-6 awards given for each group of applications. The ACM Scholarships are made possible by the generous support of Microsoft, Google and Oracle.

If the award is for attendance at one of the ACM Special Interest Group conferences (SIG conferences), the SIG will most likely provide complementary conference registration and a mentor during the conference. The number of free registrations available varies from SIG to SIG. ACM-W has helped students attend a wide range of meetings including SIGGRAPH, SIGCHI, Women in Cyber Security, ACM EC, SIGCSE, IEEE Conferences, DIS, IPDPS, ICCC, AAMAS, FLAIRS, WIMS, CSCW, GECCO, ICAPS, and ICSE, amongst others.

The scholarship exposes students to prominent researchers in their field, introduces students to new research, and excites them about doing research by themselves. We ask students to share with us some of their thoughts on the conference they attend, preferably with a picture, so that we can show our readers and funders the diversity of our winners. We never cease to find truly inspiring stories!

This month we report the names of the winners from the last round of the scholarship awards for conferences happening in May 2019. We managed to contemplate seven students, six undergraduates and one graduate (Master’s program)  student. This was Azizah Roisatul, originally from Indonesia, studying in Sweden. Azizah is going to CHI 2019 in the United Kingdom. CHI is a very popular conference. Five of the undergraduates are also going to CHI. They are Sofia Ayuso, originally from Venezuela, but studying in the US, Grete Helena Kutt, originally from Estonia, also studying in the US and Gabrielle LaBorwit and Emilyann Nault, both originally from the US and studying in the US. In addition Iliuza Gizzatullina from the Russian Federation and studying there, is also going to CHI. Finally, the undergraduate Vrinda Mittal, originally from India and studying there, is going to ICASSP 2019, the International Conference on Accoustics, Speech and Signal Processing.

Congratulations to all of our winners! We hope you do get to be part of your chosen research communities.

The next application deadline is April 15 for conferences taking place in June—July, 2019.   For more information and to apply visit: https://women.acm.org/scholarships/

If you have any questions, please contact the scholarship committee chair Prof. Viviana Bono, bono@di.unito.it

News from ACM-W Europe

womENcourage 2019 – ACM Celebration of Women in Computing

The Sixth ACM Celebration of Women in Computing will be held in the beautiful city of Rome,  Italy on September 16-18, 2019. The three-day event includes a Hackathon, Workshops, Posters, Technical Talks, Career Fair, Panel Discussions, and Interdisciplinary Research Tracks. Join us to socialize, share knowledge and experiences, learn about exciting opportunities in research and professional careers, and celebrate the achievements in the Women in Computing.

Find out more on the Call for Participation page.

Interdisciplinary Research Tracks and One-day Passes

This year, womENcourage 2019 is featuring two interdisciplinary research tracks in which prominent scientists will inspire the audience by illustrating new and innovative research areas that intersect information technology with other disciplines.

Participants who prefer attending only a specific track may register using the “one-day pass”. More information here.

Track 1 – Coding  Conscious Cities on September 17th

The world around us is increasingly controlled by algorithms that predict and react to our needs. As we blur the boundaries between the physical and digital realm, who will be responsible for defining our relationship with the homes, offices, and streets we inhabit?

Track 2 – Artificial Intelligence and Health on September 18th

AI applied to human health presents a range of professional challenges and raises critical ethical questions: can the integration of human and computing technologies be achieved in a principled and ethical manner.

Read more about both tracks here.

Meet the Amazing Local organizers: Tiziana Catarci and Paola Velardi

This month we interviewed the local organizers of the womENcourage 2019, Prof Tiziana Catarci and Prof Paola Velardi from La Sapienza University. Their radiating energy and creativity are captured in these fascinating portraits by Gérald Bruneaux courtesy of Fondazione Bracco.


Tiziana Catarci graduated from Electronic Engineering in February 1987 at the University of Rome La Sapienza, where she received her Ph.D. in Computer Science in October 1992. Since November 2000 she is a Full Professor of Information Processing Systems. For many years Prof Catarci has been actively involved in gender issues in the STEM subjects and the spreading the STEM culture among girls. For these activities, she won an award from Levi Montalcini Association in 2017.

Paola Velardi is a Full Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Roma “La Sapienza”. She received her “Laurea” Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Roma “La Sapienza” in 1978. Her research interests include Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, and the Semantic Web. With her inspirational work, Prof Velardi aims to debunk the myth that computer science is a man-oriented and “inflexible” discipline.

Why is the conference important to you?

“Despite the various initiatives undertaken in recent years, the results in terms of attractiveness of IT for girls are still disappointing. It is necessary to do more, change the mentality, make people feel that IT is cool and it is not for the geeky few but it is the future. ACM womENcourage is in this direction and will be a terrific event.”

Read more from them on our blog.

ACM-W Connections–February 2019

  • Letter from ACM-W Chair
  • News from ACM-W Celebrations
  • News from ACM-W Student Chapters
  • News from ACM-W Professional Chapters
  • News from ACM-W Scholarships
  • News from ACM-W Europe

A big “Thank You!” to those who participated in the Global Survey of Mathematical, Natural and Computing Sciences, part of the Gender Gap in Science Project (https://gender-gap-in-science.org/).  The computing community contributed 3335 of the 32,406 total responses and had participants from every global region.  Reyyan Ayfer (ACM-W Vice Chair) and I will be attending the annual meeting of project partners this week in Berlin, Germany.  During this meeting, activity for this third and final year of the project will be finalized. Once completed the project will have generated three work packages – the global survey, a data-backed study on scientific publications, and a database of good practices for attracting and retaining women in our disciplines.  ACM-W will publish web addresses for these resources as they become available.

International Grad Cohort Project

ACM-W congratulates the recipients of this year’s funding to participate in the 2019 CRA-W Grad Cohort Workshop that will be held in Chicago, IL, this coming April.

  • Sadia Saeed, Aneela Sultana, and Ifrah Farruakh Khan, Pakistan
  • Christina Aragon and Ruji P. Medina, Philippines
  • Öznur Özkasap and Pelin Angin, Turkey
  • Zainab AlMeraj and Reem Ali AlBaghli, Kuwait
  • Shaimaa Mohammed Aljuhani, Saudi Arabia

I look forward to seeing this valuable program established in these countries in the coming year!

ACM Ubiquity Explores the Future of Computing and Seeks to Recognize Young Professionals

Dr. Bushra Anjum

Congratulations to ACM-W member Dr. Bushra Anjum, who has recently been selected as a senior editor for ACM Ubiquity, ACM’s peer-reviewed web-based magazine devoted to the future of computing and the people who are creating it. She has started a new initiative Innovation Leaders for Ubiquity which consists of interviews of young professionals, who comment on their concerns about the future of computing and their ambitions to shape the future through their leadership. Through this section, Dr. Anjum aims to highlight the efforts of the young professionals in terms of ground-breaking technical ideas, evolving the ethics and behaviors associated with the computing industry and academia, and minimizing the negative social implications of technology.

In the launch interview of Innovation Leaders, Dr. Anjum shared her vision of the future of computing workforce and emphasized that a successful engineer of the future is a generalist with a trained interdisciplinary and cross-functional mindset and whose training is augmented by the key human values of creativity, empathy, and flexibility. You can read, or audio stream, the full conversation here: https://buff.ly/2Q0Z1CB

Ubiquity ‘Innovation Leaders’is eager to promote success stories featuring the dynamic ACM-W community. If you are interested in being interviewed as an innovation leader or know of someone who should be feature d, contact her via Twitter @DrBushraAnjum.

Other ACM-W News

Also appearing in this month’s newsletter:

  • The Scholarships Committee report features recent awardees Shaan Chopra, Margarita Marinka, and Ditty Matthew.
  • The 5th Annual Women in Computing – Philippines Celebration is hightlighted.
  • A report from The Northwest Ohio ACM-W Professional Chapter is included.
  • An invitation to join the ACM-W Slack Channel appears in the Student Chapters report.
  • The ACM-W Europe contribution has updates on womENcourage 2019 and a call for volunteers.

Thanks for standing with us as we work to fulfill our mission.

Jodi Tims
ACM-W Chair

News from ACM-W Celebrations

Bicol University and National University Lead the 5th ACM-WIC Philipines 2018 Celebration

Women researchers were brought together from academia and industry during the 5th ACM Women in Computing-Philippines Celebration 2018 held November 24, 2018 at AVP Grand Cystall Hall, Legazpi City, to freely share their ideas and opinions on the emerging technologies and issues in Computer Science (CS), Information Technology (IT), and Information Systems (IS).

The theme for this year’s celebration was “Technology Innovation for Disaster.”  The conference was attended by more than three hundred participants from twenty-two (22) schools across the Philippines.  Bicol University President Dr. Arnulfo M. Mascariñas addressed the participants in his welcome remarks and this was followed by the opening remarks of Dr. Roxas, chair of the 5th ACM WIC and NU’s Vice President for Academic Affairs.  

The first keynote speaker was Ms. Frei Sangil, the young Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Layer Tech Software Labs Inc. She discussed the “Power of Data in the Dynamics of the Computing Age” by explaining the value of data, how it can be used against a person, and how it can be used for social good. The second plenary discussion was the video lecture of Ms. Dianne Gonzales entitled “Future of Work in the Age of AI (Artificial Intelligence).” She is the Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Augmented Intelligence Pros. The last keynote speaker was Ms. Julie Ann Salido of Aklan State University, who discussed her research on “Melanoma Detection of Dermoscopic Images Using Deep Learning”.

There were also four poster presentations and the entries are: “Scheduling Management with Microservice-based Architecture” by Janette Tanquis, “PLANTASTIC: A Web-based E-Commerce System for Medicinal Seedlings Available in the Philippines” by Pamela Combis, Batman Odulio, Kiel Jeremy Nocito, Mark Darrell Signo, and Ramon Rodriguez; ”PapMApp: Paperless Meeting Application for Bicol University Board of Regents” authored by Zenica Torre, Kianne Paguntalan, Jhona Jane Francisco, Benedicto Balilo, and Davie Balmadrid; “Portable Application of PSU Grade Transmutation System” by Janeth Cladera and Arjay Abio; and “Exploring Mathematical Modelling Towards Agent-based Model for Leaf Vain Development” by Maria Art Clarino and Eliezer Albacea.

Each presenter was given the chance to answer the questions asked by the participants.  Later that afternoon, the following three researches were announced as winners for the Computing Society of the Philippines’ (CSP) Special Research Award and a cash prize to further assist them in funding their research:  “Gender-Based Comparative Analysis of Disaster Related Responses Through Topic Discovery”, “Faculty Performance Evaluation System (FPES): A Cloud-based Application”, and  “Enhanced Initial Parameter Selection for Expectation Maximization (EM) Algorithm.” The award was given by the program committee chair Mr. Nathaniel Oco of NU.

Further, Dr. Roxas gave an orientation talk on Philippine Information and Computing Accreditation Board (PICAB) and the program finished with a message of heart-felt gratitude from BUCS Dean Prof. Jocelyn Serrano.

News from ACM-W Student Chapters

We invite you and your fellow chapter members, both past and present, to join the ACM-W Slack Channel! If you haven’t heard, slack is a mobile and web app that is a collaboration hub where you can chat, connect, collaborate, and so much more.

Our channel is brand new and we need your help to make it all it can be! Share stories about your chapter’s activities and events. Share advice on how to engage chapter members and their communities. Share your knowledge about how to create a successful ACM-W chapter. Reach out, connect, support, and advance ACM-W chapter members from around the globe. Join us on slack.

Join the conversation: tinyurl.com/acmwslack

If you have never used slack before, you can learn more about it here and how to use it here

News from ACM-W Professional Chapters

Northwest Ohio ACM-W Professional chapter

The Northwest Ohio ACM-W Professional chapter has been quite busy since they were chartered last year.  Besides holding elections, they worked with students from the BGSU Graphic Design Department to create branding for their new chapter including a logo, website design, promotion materials and business card design. A chapter Facebook page now keeps everyone informed and a Winter Newsletter outlines the remaining events for the year.  Janell Vickers, the chapter’s chairperson had this to say about their progress, “We continue to partner with the local university student ACM-W Chapters (University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, University of Findley and a new ACM Chapter starting at Tiffin University) and are looking forward to the many events still planned”.  Last year they held a chapter kick-off event for students with a panel of six professional women who shared their successful IT careers and participated in the TechToledo Mixer for IT professionals gaining interest from several potential members.  Coming up this year, they plan to:

  • Lead a session during the “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” for 6-8th grade girls – UT
  • Help facilitate the 24 Hr. Toledo Smart Cities HACKATHON – UT JumpStart     
  • Host a Networking Dinner for professionals in IT – Mercy Health
  • Attend speaker event, Dr. Helen Sun, Chief Technology Officer of STATS (sports data and intelligence) – BGSU
  • Host the spring chapter meeting, dinner and election of 2019-2020 officers 

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/NorthwestOhioACMW/

News from ACM-W Scholarships

The ACM Scholarship for Attendance of Research Conferences program provides support for women students in Computer Science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences. The student does not have to present a paper at the conference to be eligible for a scholarship. Applications are evaluated  6 times each year, to distribute awards across a range of conferences. There are usually 3-6 awards given for each group of applications. The ACM Scholarships are made possible by the generous support of Microsoft, Google and Oracle.

If the award is for attendance at one of the ACM Special Interest Group conferences (SIG conferences), the SIG will most likely provide complementary conference registration and a mentor during the conference. The number of free registrations available varies from SIG to SIG. ACM-W has helped students attend a wide range of meetings including SIGGRAPH, SIGCHI, Women in Cyber Security, ACM EC, SIGCSE, IEEE Conferences, DIS, IPDPS, ICCC, AAMAS, FLAIRS, WIMS, CSCW, GECCO, ICAPS, and ICSE, amongst others.

The scholarship exposes students to prominent researchers in their field, introduces students to new research, and excites them about doing research by themselves. We ask students to share with us some of their thoughts on the conference they attend, preferably with a picture, so that we can show our readers and funders the diversity of our winners. We never cease to find truly inspiring stories!

This month we report  impressions from the winners from the  round of the scholarship award that went to conferences in December 2018. As usual, it is difficult to choose between the histories, as they are mostly very motivating and some very moving too.

For an undergraduate perspective we picked Shaan Chopra, from IIIT Delhi, who went to Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW) in New York City’s Hudson River, in Jersey City, US. Shaan was bowled over by her experience. As she writes “The conference was far more than a learning experience for me. Not only did I get to attend the presentation of the full paper co-authored by me and 2 workshops (I had one position paper in each), but I also got an opportunity to network with people in the field. I was completely mesmerised by the community and the welcoming nature of its members for a beginner researcher like me.[…] CSCW was an absolutely amazing experience for me as I got to experience a community that I wish to become an integral part of, some day. Though initially a little overwhelming, the numerous formal and informal sessions (including the conference banquet) provided a platform for insightful, comfortable, and fun interactions. For my first conference, I could not have asked for a better experience!” Way to go Shaan!

Then for a Masters’ student perspective we picked Margarita Markina, from ITMO University, St. Petersburg, Russia, who went to the GECCO 2018 Conference in Kyoto, Japan. Margarita says “It was a great experience. I could completely immerse myself in the research community and saw everything with my own eyes how exactly everything happens. I saw that the research community is a large group of people with deep knowledge who solves important problems. It was interesting to listen to tutorials, workshops and meet people who are working on the similar topics as me.”  We are glad you had such a positive experience, Margarita!

We also discuss the PHD student perspective, in this case Ditty Matthew, from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India, who went to the Australasian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Wellington, New Zealand. Ditty writes about her experience “[the] ACM-W travel grant is a great support for women researchers to attend international conferences. This Travel Grant program has helped me in getting a much-needed exposure to foster my knowledge and research experience during AI 2018. […] . I am very excited that my paper was well received by the elite audience at AI 2018. As a PhD student, this conference helped me to get the much needed experience of  how researchers, experiment, sometimes fail and then succeed, and finally celebrate their work impacting the society at conferences. My travel and stay in Wellington also gave me an opportunity to mingle with a diverse collection of people of varied ethnicity, culture and conduct. Thanks to ACM for being a firm supporter and allowing me to be a part of the legacy of being the recipient of ACM-W Travel Grant.”  We’re happy you got to experience such a great meeting, Ditty!

Congratulations to these and to our other winners! We hope you do  get to be part of your chosen research community.

The next application deadline is February 15 for conferences taking place in April—May, 2019.   For more information and to apply visit: https://women.acm.org/scholarships/

If you have any questions, please contact the scholarship committee chair Prof. Viviana Bono, bono@di.unito.it

News from ACM-W Europe

Rome, Italy  September 16-18, 2019
https://womencourage.acm.org

womENcourage 2019 – “Diversity Drives Societal Change”

The Sixth ACM Celebration of Women in Computing will be held in the beautiful city of Rome,  Italy on September 16-18, 2019. The three-day event includes a Hackathon, Workshops, Posters, Technical Talks, Career Fair, and Panel Discussions. Join us to socialize, share knowledge and experiences, learn about exciting opportunities in research and professional career, and celebrate the achievements in the Women in Computing.

ACM-W Connections–January 2019

  • Letter from ACM-W Chair
  • News from ACM-W Celebrations
  • News from ACM-W Student Chapters
  • News from ACM-W Europe

Happy New Year!  2019 promises to be another exciting year for ACM-W.  There are nineteen Celebrations planned over the next five months.  See our website for information on where and when they will occur and, if there is one near you, plan to attend.  It is truly inspiring to see the excitement at these events and the impact of this program over the years is notable.  More than 15,000 students, faculty members and industry professionals have participated in nearly 120 Celebrations worldwide since 2003.  Visit our Facebook page and view the video posted by the organizers of the Karachi, Pakistan event that occurred on December 15-16 – you will be glad you did!

Thanks for participating in the Gender Gap Survey!

December marked the official end of the survey portion of A Global Approach to the Gender Gap in Mathmatical, Computing, and Natural Sciences (https://icsugendergapinscience.org).  Thanks to all who helped make it possible for 32,000 responses to be collected (3335 in computing). The data analysis phase is now underway and findings will be reported later in this third and final year of the project. 

Grad Cohort Funding – Application Deadline Extended!

The deadline to apply for funding to attend the CRA-W Grad Cohort workshop is extended one week to January 22, 2019.  Funding allows teams of 3-4 faculty/industry professionals to travel to Chicago, IL and observe the April 12-13 workshop. The goal is to establish similar workshops outside of the US. Past attendees from India, Spain and Ireland have been successful in organizing workshops in their countries.   You can find the form to apply at https://goo.gl/forms/aTWBDGYXWUgfO5BA3

Other ACM-W News

ACM Ukrainian Celebration of Women in Computing

Also appearing in this month’s newsletter:

  • ACM-W Europe puts out a call for participation in womENcourage 2019.
  • A report from the 3rd Ukranian Celebration of Women in Computing, which was held in early December. 
  • The ACM-W Scholarships report announces the latest round of awardees.  Congratulations to the recipients!

Thanks for standing with us as we work to fulfill our mission.

Jodi Tims

ACM-W Chair

ACM Ukrainian Celebration of Women in Computing

ACM Ukrainian Celebration of Women in Computing

The third ACM Ukrainian Celebration of Women in Computing took place from December 1st to the 7th with various activities taking place during the week.  The Celebration began with a STEM Weekend for girls which included the Hour of Code and other coding and mentoring opportunities for the girls.   All girls went home with new ideas and big dreams inspired by the female student leaders.

Events later in the week included chat sessions (on-site as well as remote) with successful women in IT, who shared their career and personal experiences thus motivating the participants.    Also, a student project contest was held where students took an idea from start to prototype.   Attendees enjoyed a visit to the Museum of Popular Science.

ACM Ukrainian Celebration of Women in Computing

The theme of the conference was “Yes You Can!” and everyone left inspired and motivated!

News from ACM-W Student Chapters

The Facebook contests are so much fun! We love to see what the chapters have accomplished. To encourage more FB posts, we are announcing a monthly contest. Each month we’ll choose the best post and award a $50 prize. The only rule is that the post must be made within 30 days of the actual event. So, when you have an event, post it!  (And if there are too many great posts in any month, we might give multiple awards!)   At the end of 2019, we will give an additional award to the chapter who was the best FB poster across the year.

ACMW Student Chapters

And now, for the winners of our latest contest. We are delighted to announce the Vanderbilt Women in Computing chapter has won our best FB post contest. They sponsored the Emerge conference, which focuses on emerging technologies with Artificial Intelligence being the topic this year. Over 300 students, faculty, entrepreneurs, and community members participated in the event, which included keynote talks as well as breakout and networking sessions.  Vanderbilt will receive a $250 prize to celebrate!

Student Chapters

We also chose as runner up North South University (NSU) in Bangladesh. This fall the chapter organized workshops on web development, Illustrator, and video editing for women students at NSU. NSU will receive a $50 award.

News from ACM-W Europe  

ACM Celebration of Women in Computing:womENcourage 2019Rome, Italy  September 16-18, 2019
Get all the details at the website https://womencourage.acm.org

womENcourage 2019

The CALL FOR PARTICIPATION gives you all the details on how you can participate and dates for submitting your work.  Join us for womENcourage 2019.

Join womENcourage organizing team and contribute to the running of the conference! Volunteers are welcome. Please contact acmwe_volunteers@acm.org.

ACM-W Connections — December 2018

  • Letter from ACM-W Chair
  • News from ACM-W Celebrations
  • News from ACM-W Student Chapters
  • Grace Hopper India 2018
  • News from ACM-W Europe
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ACM-W Connections – November 2018

  • Letter from ACM-W Chair
  • News from ACM-W Celebrations
  • News from ACM-W Professional Chapters
  • ACM Scholarship for Attendance of Research Conferences
  • News from ACM-W India Hackathon

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