1st Women in Data Science and Engineering Workshop at ICDE

Date: Saturday afternoon, April 22, 2017

Sponsors:      The National Science Foundation

          The University of California at San Diego

          The University of Texas at Dallas


While female researchers serve in almost 30% of data science and engineering positions, there is still a significant shortage especially from the minority communities.  The Women in Data Science & Engineering (DSE) workshop will provide a forum for women and those passionate about gender equity in DSE to explore the barriers and issues around underrepresentation and models for increasing the pipeline.  The objective is also to motivate the female researchers and practitioners in DSE so that they can achieve career success.  Our goal is to build a community on Women in Data Science and Engineering.

Workshop Objectives

This workshop will expose participants to possibilities and opportunities in Data Science and Engineering careers and to provides a forum demonstrating technical leadership among underrepresented groups. Participants will hear from expert female researchers and practitioners in DSE about their personal and professional experiences. We will also have discussions on the successes and challenges encountered by the female professionals in DSE. 

Workshop Agenda

(Optional: 12:00-1:00pm - Conference-hosted lunch available in foyer)

1:00-1:10 - Welcome and Goal, Christine Kirkpatrick and Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham

1:10-1:50 - Motivation Address, Dr. Janell Straach Director, Engaging Women in Cyber Security Center UT Dallas

1:50-2:30 - Keynote Address, Dr. Ling Liu, Professor, Georgia Tech

2:30-3:10 - Featured Address, Dr. Eunice Santos, Hochsprung Endowed Chair, Illinois Inst. of Tech.

3:10-3:30 - Afternoon Tea-themed Break

3:30-4:10 - Featured Address, Dr. Nalini Venkatasubramanian, Professor UC Irvine

4:10-5:00 - Discussions and Directions


  • Modest stipends up to $500 will be available to offset travel and registration costs (via a reimbursement).  Priority is given to early career researchers, postdocs and students, who would otherwise not be able to attend.
  • Please send the following information to wdse@sdsc.edu:
    • Curriculum vitae (CV) 
    • Estimated travel budget
    • Short statement of interest (<1 paragraph)

Workshop Committee

  • Dr. Karen Flammer, Director of Education, San Diego Supercomputer Center & Founder, Sally Ride Science
  • Christine Kirkpatrick, Executive Director, National Data Service
  • Dr. Sarah Stone, Executive Director, eScience Institute, University of Washington
  • Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham, Distinguished Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Texas, Dallas

Workshop Organizers

Christine Kirkpatrick
Executive Director, National Data Service
Division Director, IT Systems & Services, San Diego Supercomputer Center, UC San Diego
Deputy Director, West Big Data Innovation Hub

Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham
Louis A. Beecherl, Jr. Distinguished Professor
Department of Computer Science
Executive Director of the Cyber Security Research Institute
Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science
University of Texas, Dallas