1:00 p.m.

Check-in and Coffee

1:30 p.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Emily Scherbring and Alice Delage
WiDS Co-ambassadors

Melissa Cragin
Executive Director of the Midwest Big Data Hub

William (Bill) D. Gropp
Director and Chief Scientist, NCSA

1:45 p.m.

WiDS Keynote Address (livestreamed from Stanford)

Padmasree Warrior
Former CEO, CDO and Board Member, NIO

2:20 p.m.

Panel Discussion: Open for Business: Opportunities for Women in the Data Science Revolution

Melissa Cragin, Exec. Dir., Midwest Big Data Hub

Nancy Amato, Head of CS Department
Donna J. Cox, Associate Director for Research and Education, NCSA
Ruby Mendenhall, Associate Professor, Sociology & African American Studies
Elizabeth Ainsworth, Adjunct Professor, School of Integrative Biology

Applications of statistical methods, evolving computation, and access to stores of data have meant rapid acceleration of output and impact in science and industry. Digital transformation across sectors indicates broad sociotechnical changes at global, national and local levels; and, there is potential for massive disruption in many areas of society over the coming decades. Across public and private spheres, we see many kinds of organizing around access and inequality, and fundamental questions about equity driven by data-enabled technology developments. Given these contexts, how can we ensure that women and minorities are not excluded from the data revolution, and work instead towards better inclusion?

3:00 p.m.

Break and Networking

3:15 p.m.

Technology Vision Talks

Cathy Blake, Associate Professor, iSchool

Colleen Bushell, Senior Research Scientist, NCSA
Megan Konar, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Elif Ertekin, Associate Professor, Mechanical Science and Engineering
Rini Bhattacharya Mehta, Assistant Professor, Comparative & World Literature
Anita S. Chan, Associate Professor of Media and Cinema Studies

4:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion: Data Science and Technology Careers in the Midwest

Emily Scherbring, Assistant Director of HR, NCSA

Melissa Haynes, Crime Analyst, Urbana Police Department
Beth E. Ladd, Director, Data Innovation Lab, Caterpillar
Amy Russell, Hydrologist, USGS
Kitan Akinosho, Student, Carle Illinois College of Medicine
Kay Avila, Senior Security Engineer, NCSA

5:30 p.m.

Networking Reception and NCSA Advanced Visualization Lab Demos


WiDS Urbana-Champaign is an independent event organized by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to coincide with the annual Global Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference held at Stanford University and an estimated 150+ locations worldwide. All genders are invited to attend WiDS regional events, which features outstanding women doing outstanding work.

The Global WiDS Conference aims to inspire and educate data scientists worldwide, regardless of gender, and to support women in the field. This one-day technical conference provides an opportunity to hear about the latest data science related research and applications in a number of domains, and connect with others in the field.


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