WiDS Berkeley

WiDS Berkeley: The Global Women in Data Science Conference

Monday, March 5, 2018
8:30 am to 5:15 pm

The UC Berkeley School of Information is excited to partner with Stanford University to bring the Women in Data Science (WiDS) conference to Berkeley, California.

The Global Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference is an annual one-day technical conference based at Stanford, which brings together data scientists and professionals in adjacent fields from around the globe to discuss the latest research and applications of data science in a broad set of domains. Participants learn how leading-edge companies are leveraging data science for success and connect with potential mentors, collaborators, and others in the field.

WiDS Berkeley is a regional event in association with WiDS that will feature live streamed keynotes and technical talks from the WiDS conference at Stanford. Interspersed with the main conference live stream, WiDS Berkeley will feature unique on-location technical vision talks by distinguished speakers from the Bay Area in academia, industry, government and non-profits; panel discussions with female data scientists and researchers in the space of artificial intelligence and deep learning; a student poster session; and networking opportunities throughout the day.

All genders are invited to participate in the conference, which features exclusively female speakers.


8:30 – 9:30 am


8:45 – 9:00 am

Welcome from the WiDS Berkeley planning committee

9:00 – 9:10 am

Live streamOpening Video & Remarks: Margot Gerritsen, Senior Associate Dean and Director of ICME, Stanford University

9:10 – 9:30 am

Live streamWelcome Address: Maria Klawe, President, Harvey Mudd College

9:30 – 10:05 am

Live streamKeynote Address: Leda Braga, CEO, Systematica Investments

10:05 – 10:10 am

Brief Break

10:10 – 10:30 am

Live streamTechnical Vision Talk: Mala Anand, EVP, President, SAP Leonardo Data Analytics

10:30 – 10:50 am

Live streamLada Adamic, Research Scientist Manager, Facebook

10:50 – 11:15 am

Coffee Break

11:15 – 11:35 am

Live streamNathalie Henry Riche, Researcher, Microsoft Research

11:35 – 11:55 am

Live streamDaniela Witten, Associate Professor of Statistics and Biostatistics, University of Washington

11:55 am – 12:30 pm

Live streamKeynote Address: Latanya Sweeney, Professor of Government and Technology in Residence, Harvard University

12:15 – 12:45 pm


12:45 – 2:00 pm

Live streamWiDS Berkeley Interactive Panel Session

Erin Pangilinan, Co-Founder, ARVR Academy
Isabelle Cohen, Ph.D. student in Economics, Stata & LaTeX instructor, D-Lab, UC Berkeley
Josine Verhagen, Ph.D., Director of Psychometrics, Kidaptive
Kasia Rachuta, Data Scientist, Medium
Nora Broege, Ph.D. candidate in Sociology, Consultant Lead at D-Lab, UC Berkeley
Rania Ahmed, Research Associate, Urban Strategies Council

2:00 – 2:35 pm

Live streamKeynote Address: Jia Li, Head of Cloud R&D, Cloud AI, Google

2:35 – 2:55 pm

Live streamTechnical Vision Talk: Bhavani Thurasingham

2:55 – 3:15 pm

Live streamTechnical Vision Talk: Elena Grewal, Head of Data Science, Airbnb

3:15 – 4:15 pm

WiDS Berkeley Career Networking Session

4:15 – 4:35 pm

Live streamTechnical Vision Talk: Risa Wechsler, Associate Professor of Physics, Stanford University

4:35 – 4:55 pm

Live streamTechnical Vision Talk: Dawn Woodard, Senior Data Science Manager of Maps, Uber

4:55 – 5:15 pm

Closing Event

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April 20, 2018