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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ACM-W Connections – October 2018

  • Letter from ACM-W Chair
  • News from ACM-W Student Chapters
  • ACM SIGGRAPH CARES
  • News from ACM-W Europe

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ACM-W Connections – September 2018

  • Letter from ACM-W Chair
  • ACM SIGGRAPH Welcomes Diversity and Inclusion Committee
  • News from ACM-W Celebrations
  • News from ACM-W Professional Chapters
  • News from ACM-W Scholarships
  • News from ACM-W Student Chapters
  • News from ACM-W Europe
  • Report on the 12th Women in Computability Program
  • (WM)2

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ACM-W Connections – July 2018

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

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ACM-W Connections – June 2018

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

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ACM-W Connections – May 2018

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

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ACM-W Connections – April 2018

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

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