ACM-W Europe August 2019 Newsletter

In this issue:

A summer of exciting events

The 3rd ACM Data Science Summer School 2019

11-17 July 2019, Athens.

The 3rd ACM Europe Summer School on Data Science took place in Athens on July 11th-17th 2019. Young Computer Science researchers from all over the world had the opportunity to attend summer courses in the topics of Data Science, Data Management and Analysis, Machine Learning, Big Data, and Security and Privacy and Professional Ethics, given by leading researchers and academics including Constantinos Daskalakis, Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Jiawei Han, Bill Howe, Natasa Milic-Frayling, Evi Pitoura and J.J. van Wijk. 

The School is organized and sponsored by ACM, the ACM Europe Council, the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the “Athena” Research and Innovation Center. It is co-sponsored by ACM SIGMOD, ACM SIGKDD, Microsoft and ACM SIGIR.

Maria Roussou, Vice Chair of the Greek ACM-W Chapter, and Assistant Professor of Interactive Systems at the University of Athens gave an engaging talk on Gender Equality in Computing. She discussed the importance of gender equality for creating better innovation, building robust economies, and overall, enabling a healthy evolution of societies. At the same time, female students are underrepresented in Informatics Education in Europe. Maria’s presentation highlighted the work of several organizations that provide support and aim to change the current state of affairs, including ACM-W Europe and the Greek Chapter of the ACM-W.

 

Greek ACM-W Chapter: 1st Summit on Gender Equality in Computing

7 June 2019, Athens.

The Greek ACM-W Professional Chapter was established in 2018 with the goal to foster gender mainstreaming and advocate for gender balance in computer-related scientific fields and professional sectors in Greece.

On June 7 2019, the ACM-W Greek Chapter organized the 1st Summit on Gender Equality in Computing in Athens. The Summit aims to promote gender-equal access to computer-related scientific frontiers, encouraging and educating everyone to achieve their goals and potentials through the computing profession. It recognizes and celebrates the achievements of computer professionals in a gender-equal manner. It aspires to bring together students, researchers and professionals to present and share their achievements and experiences.

The Summit attracted 121 participants including almost 50% of students. The videos from the event are posted on the Greek ACM-W Chapter’s Youtube Channel.

 

ACM Europe Summer School – 17-24 July’19, Barcelona, 2019

17-24 July’19, Barcelona.

The 2019 ACM Europe Summer School on “HPC Architectures for AI and Dedicated Applications” took place in Barcelona 17 – 24 July 2019, and was hosted by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS) and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC-BarcelonaTECH).

The summer school addressed young computer science researchers and engineers, and it was open to outstanding MSc students and senior undergraduate students. Accepted participants spent a full week in Barcelona, attending formal lectures during the mornings and practical exercises in the afternoons. The selection process is competitive. Out of 146 received, 64 students were selected, including 12 female students. The student cohort was truly international, spanning 25 countries: Bangladesh, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, United States and Vietnam.

As part of the programme, ACM-WE organized a panel on “Interdisciplinary Research & Diversity: Challenges and Foundations of HPC Success”, moderated by ACM-WE Chair, Prof. Natasa Milic-Frayling (Nottingham University, UK). The panelists were Enric Banda (Former Secretary of State for Universities and Research, Senior Advisor at BSC), Rosa Badía (Manager of the Workflows and Distributed Computing group at BSC), Núria Castell (Associate professor and former Dean of the Computer Science Department of the UPC), and Fernando Cuchietti (Data Pre and Post Processing Group Manager at BSC). They shared their experiences and lessons-learnt, engaging with the audience on practical issues that are relevant to early-career professionals. These included the importance of connecting with interdisciplinary professional networks and embracing diversity in all aspects of professional development.

Indeed, since HPC field contributes to innovation across a wide range of domains, from engineering and transport services to life sciences and medicine, successful solutions depend on collaborations of experts and on the exchange of knowledge among all involved. Furthermore, these solutions are often deployed in diverse contexts, across industries and in varied socio-economic environments, continually raising new challenges. The students had an opportunity to discuss how to prepare for such a scientific career and benefited from the panelists’ wide industry and scientific experience. Through examples, the panelists illustrated different situations and reflected on a number of specific issues. The students could appreciate the complexities related to the strategy, management, communication and professional development in interdisciplinary research. The Q/A was lively and the moderator had to cut it short to make time for the equally exciting closing ceremony. Students were excited to receive awards and certificates of participation. Many wished to return the next year.

 

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

Have you bought your ticket to Rome? An exciting programme is waiting for you at ACM womENcourage 2019.

There will be two panels on Smart Cities and Internet of Underwater Things, respectively.

 

Smart Cities panel will discuss the emerging use of ICT innovations to improve our lives in thecontext of smart cities. Researchers and innovators will present visionary talks, highlighting challenges and opportunities associated with the introduction of novel technologies such as autonomous vehicles, 5G, electric cars, the Internet of Things. It will prompt the reflection on how ICT technologies can support safety, sustainability and the implementation of circular economy strategies. The panel will be moderated by Marco Merola,  Science Journalist. The panellists are Chiara Petrioli (Professor at the University of Rome La Sapienza), Debora Maggia (Head of Program Management Office, Pininfarina), Annalisa Sabatelli (Lead Trim Engineer, Pininfarina), Carla Fabiana Chiasserini (Professor at Politecnico di Torino) and Beatrice Lamonica (Sustainability Lead Accenture Strategy).

 

The panel on the Internet of Underwater Things will highlight the fascination of humankind with oceans and seas and their importance for the future of our civilization. We can no longer cope with the little available information on marine and ocean environments since they are providing food for the growing population, supplying natural resources for our economy, and playing a crucial role in the planet equilibrium. These concerns motivated a group of passionate researchers to develop the Internet of Underwater Things, bringing sensing and robotic technologies to the underwater monitoring and sustainable exploitation of the marine environments. This panel will discuss the challenges and opportunities brought  by the introduction of novel technologies. The panel will feature Chiara Petrioli (WSense Director, an innovator in the field of Internet of Underwater Things), Andrea Caiti (ISME, premier European experts on underwater robotics), and Beatrice Ioannilli (Eni Progetti, experts in the field of oceanology). The panel will be coordinated by Marco Merola, science journalist, and will have the form of TED-style talks, interviews, followed by Q&A with the audience.

Finally, do not forget to register your interest in the Career Fair on the 17th of September. The Career Fair is free of charge but due to the limited room capacity, the number of participants is restricted. Register your interest now!

 

ACM-WE Social Media Highlights

Not on social media? No problem. In July, in addition to announcements of current events and scholarships, we covered podcasts for women and by women in tech. The list of the 20 podcasts that we curated is on our blog. The most popular was “Nevertheless: A podcast celebrating the women transforming teaching and learning through technology”. This podcast looks at the many issues that women who work in technology fields face, and tell the stories of those who persisted to create a change. By shining a light on women from the past and present, in the future, their stories will no longer be followed by the question “How did I not know her name?”

The most popular posts on Facebook were:

  1. Everybody is excited about attending womENcourage. womENcourage 2019 Early Bird deadline was our top-performing post!
  2. 15 PhD positions at the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network “MINTS – MIllimeter-wave NeTworking and Sensing for Beyond 5G”. More information on our Jobs section. 
  3. The ACM Future of Computing Academy’s application for membership: The Academy consists of talented professionals who are committed to making a positive and lasting impact on ACM and the global computing profession. ACM is now accepting applications for membership. Apply now (due on 23 August 19).

On Twitter:

  1. The top tweet was about the Good Code Podcast, a weekly podcast on ethics in our digital world. It looks at ways in which our increasingly digital societies could go terribly wrong and presents those trying to prevent that. Follow on @goodcodepodcast.
  2. The top media tweet was on the 1MWIS campaign seeking to profile real women working in tech in order to provide visible role models to the next generation.

 

We know it’s August. For some, the height of the holiday season. So, while we will also publish less this month, we will share tiny nudges to prepare us all for “Back to School/Work”, fully recharged in September!

Like our ACM-WE Facebook page, follow us on Twitter (@acmweurope) or Instagram (@acmweurope) to get the updates. 

 

Announcements

Calendar of Events and Upcoming Deadlines in Europe

  • August 12-30, 2019: The 22nd Informatika Feminale, Bremen, Germany

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.

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, micro-controller, robotics and technical infrastructures, database systems, programming, operating systems, project and quality management, moderating and presentation skills.

 

  • August 18-23, 2019: International Conference on Functional Programming (CFP 2019) Berlin, Germany

SIGPLAN International Conference on Functional Programming provides a forum for researchers and developers to learn about the latest work on the design, implementations, principles and uses of functional programming. Keynote talks will be delivered by Andrej Bauer (University of Ljubljana), Manuel Chakravarty (Tweag I/O and IOHK), and Emina Torlak (University of Washington).

 

  • August 23, 2019:  Deadline for applying to The ACM Future of Computing Academy

The ACM Future of Computing Academy consists of talented professionals who are committed to making a positive and lasting impact on ACM and the global computing profession. ACM is now accepting applications for membership. Apply now (due 23 August).

 

  • August 26-30, 2019: ESEC/FSE 2019, Tallinn, Estonia

The ACM Joint European Software Engineering Conference and Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering is a forum for researchers, practitioners, and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, experiences, and challenges in SE. Scheduled keynote speakers are Joanne Atlee (University of Waterloo), Marta Kwiatkowska (Trinity College, University of Oxford), and Audris Mockus (University of Tennessee).

 

  • September 4, 2019: Deadline for Student Travel Grants, ACM IMC 2019, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

IMC 2019 is again able to support conference attendance by students with travel grants. The travel grants are prioritized in the following order:

  1. Students from under-represented groups or institutions. Additionally, grants are spread across institutions, and the historical tendency is to award one travel grant per institution.
  2. Students who authored rejected IMC papers.
  3. Students who have not received a prior IMC travel grant.
  4. Student authors of accepted papers who will not themselves be speaking at the conference.
  • Application Submission: Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 11:59PM PDT (UTC-7)
  • Decision Notification: Friday, September 13, 2019

Learn details about how to submit an application hereSubmit your application as a single PDF file here.

 

  • September 25-27, 2019: 6th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Nanoscale Computing and Communication (ACM NanoCom 2019), Dublin, Ireland

The main goals of the 6th ACM International Conference on Nanoscale Computing and Communication (ACM NanoCom 2019), are to increase the visibility of this growing research area to the wider computing and communication research communities as well as bring together researchers from diverse disciplines that can foster and develop new paradigms for nanoscale devices. Due to the highly interdisciplinary nature of this field of research, the conference aims to attract researchers and academics from various areas of study such as electrical and electronic engineering, computer science, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, bio-engineering, biotechnology, materials science, nanotechnology, who have an interest in computing and communications at the nanoscale.

The preliminary program is now available, featuring an outstanding combination of Keynote Speakers, Invited Talks and peer-reviewed papers from the open call. See details here.

 

  • November 28-29, 2019: Advances in Computational Biology Conference (AdvCompBIo 2019) Barcelona, Spain

The first conference on the Advances in Computational Biology will bring together women researchers working on a diverse array of topics ranging from systems biology to artificial intelligence. The conference aims to foster collaboration between women scientists and provides an excellent opportunity for women bio-informaticians worldwide to present their work and share ideas about their research projects. The conference is organised by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS) and the joint IMIM-UPF Research Programme on Biomedical Informatics (GRIB) and supported by the Bioinfo4Women programme from the BSC. 

You are invited to register here and to submit an abstract for consideration for oral or poster presentations.

Topics:

  1. Learning from Biological Sequences: population genomics, evolutionary genomics, systems biology, transcriptomics, sequence analysis
  2. When Computational Biology meets Medicine: biomedical applications, mutational landscapes, clinical genomics
  3. Machines Speeding up Research:   computing, machine learning in the life sciences, imaging data analysis, dynamic simulations and algorithm development

The keynote speakers of the conference are Christine Orengo, group leader of Orengo Group at University College London, Natasa Przulj, group leader of the Life Sciences – Integrative Computational Network Biology at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center and Marie-Christine Sawley, director of the Exascale Lab at Intel.

The conference will feature a panel on Challenges of Artificial Intelligence in Biomedical Research. Artificial intelligence (AI) is gradually transforming medicine and life sciences, bringing innovations in healthcare, medical data processing systems, and biomedical research. However, the current limitations of AI, including the reliability of the methods, data biases and ethical concerns, remain a challenge. The panelists will share information and discuss relevant topics and future directions of AI in biomedical research.

The participants will also have the opportunity to interact personally in the round-table informal meetings with female leaders in the fields of IT, academic research and policy. To see the confirmed discussion leads, follow this page

Important dates:

Early bird registration deadline September 15th, 2019

 

PhD, Post-Doc and Faculty Job Announcements

  • Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona, Sweden is recruiting a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science 

The Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH, Karlskrona, Sweden) offers an open and permanent position for a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science with a focus on IT Security (Reference number: BTH-3.1.2-0386-2019). The position is located in the Department of Computer Science (DIDA).

 

About the position:

The position includes research and teaching at the undergraduate, advanced and postgraduate level in the field of computer science, with a special focus on IT / computer security and related areas. 

The research focus must be in one or more of the following areas: Security in distributed and interconnected systems; Network Security; Cloud Security; Trusted service provisioning; Security in IoT systems and cyber-physical systems; Digital survey technology; Data security, privacy and governance

Application deadline: August 15, 2019.

Detailed information about the application and the application process is available here.

Contact persons for more information about the position:

  1. Veronica Sundstedt, Universitetslektor/docent/prefekt (head of department DIDA), veronica.sundstedt@bth.se
  2. Alexandra Wagner, HR-specialist, alexandra.wagner@bth.se
  3. Carina Petersson, facklig representant (OFR), carina.petersson@bth.se
  4. Mikael Åsman, facklig representant (SACO), mikael.asman@bth.se

 

  • IMT Atlantique is recruiting an Associate Professor in Artificial Intelligence for Network Management and Security

The appointed person will conduct research on the application of machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques to the monitoring of telecommunication networks for the detection of anomalies or attacks, fault localization, quality of service measurement and autonomous network management.

Interested people can contact Sandrine Vaton and Serge Garlatti: firstname.lastname@imt-atlantique.fr

  • Start date: 2nd Semester, 2019 
  • Deadline for application: September 30th, 2019 

Detailed information about the post here.

 

  • Irène Curie Fellowship, Tenure-Track Positions in TU Eindhoven, the Netherlands

As of July 2019, TU/e has launched the Irène Curie Fellowship. This program is aimed at talented women who pursue an academic career in our European top research university. TU/e will open vacancies for assistant, associate and full professors exclusively for female talent during the first six months of recruitment. Under the European jurisdiction it is lawful to specifically recruit underrepresented groups.

Read more here.

 

  • Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network “MINTS – MIllimeter-wave NeTworking and Sensing for Beyond 5G”

Applicants are invited for 15 PhD positions (“Early Stage Researchers,” ESRs) to be funded by the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network “MINTS – MIllimeter-wave NeTworking and Sensing for Beyond 5G, within the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission.

With the intensive involvement of industrial beneficiaries and partner organisations (Nokia, NEC, Sony, NI, IMEC, Proximus, Italtel), the ESRs will obtain in-depth knowledge and skills in mmWave networks and its key applications. The 15 ESRs are distributed over 7 beneficiaries in 6 countries: KU Leuven (Belgium), IMDEA Networks Institute (Spain), TU Darmstadt (Germany), NEC (Germany), University of Padua (Italy), Lund University (Sweden), and Nokia Bell Labs (Ireland). Additionally, the MINTS consortium is completed by 7 partner organisations: IMEC (Belgium), Proximus (Belgium), NI (Germany), Carlos III University of Madrid (Spain), Italtel (Italy), Maynooth University (Ireland), and Sony (Sweden). 

The successful candidates will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for ESRs. The fellowship will consist of a competitive salary of about € 46,440 (before taxes) per year, with country correction factor that depends on the cost of living in the different EU Member States, plus an additional allowance in case of family obligations, and an allocation for research and training costs. The guaranteed PhD funding covered by the training network is for 36 months.

All applications proceed through the on-line recruitment portal at https://b5g-mints.eu/

Key dates:

Deadline for on-line application Oct 31, 2019
Circulation list “preselected candidates” Nov 30, 2019
MINTS Recruitment Event Dec 2019/Jan 2020

 

  • RAIS (Real-time analytics for the Internet of Sports) Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN)

RAIS (Real-time analytics for the Internet of Sports) Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) has opened 14 funded PhD positions to provide high-quality research and training within a broad spectrum of cutting edge subjects that will advance Wearable Technology Block-chain Powered IoT & Real-time Edge Analytics.

PhDs under RAIS will have opportunities to progress their research and competencies under a strong programme which includes workshops, training schools, seminars, entrepreneurial events, and secondments at prestigious academic and industrial organizations in EU and USA (such as MIT, Berklee’s Institute, Cambridge University, Open Data Institute, EIT Digital, Kinetic Analysis).

RAIS network will establish an inter-disciplinary and vibrant research and innovation community and targets high skilled candidates.

Information for the open positions here.

 

  • Post-doc at TU-Wien on Distributed Systems

The Research Division Distributed Systems E194-02, of the Institute of Information Systems Engineering E194, at the TU Wien, is offering a full-time position (40 hours/week) for a postdoc university assistant for six years. The estimated starting date is October 1, 2019.

Entry-level salary as a postdoctoral researcher is covered by level B1 of the Austrian Collective Agreement for university staff, and receives a minimum of currently EUR/month 3,803.90 gross, 14 times/year.

Requirements and Tasks:

A good PhD in computer science, informatics, business informatics, or a related discipline. Excellent knowledge and outstanding scientific achievements including presentation practice in the field of Distributed Systems, in particular, in the areas of Edge/Cloud/Elastic Computing, Autonomic Complex Systems and Internet of Things (IoT). 

  • Experience in national and international research cooperation is expected. 
  • Very good skills in German and English communication and writing. 
  • Independent teaching or participation in teaching and supervision of students of the research area of Distributed Systems. 
  • Very good communication and social skills and teamwork. 
  • Social and gender competence.

For further information please contact Prof. Schahram Dustdar by email at dustdar@dsg.tuwien.ac.at.    

Application information:

Applications should be submitted in a single pdf including motivation letter, Curriculum Vitae, certificates, list of publications and thesis by e-mail to Ms Susanne Pietsch-Brousek susanne.pietsch-brousek@tuwien.ac.at or per post to TU Wien, Service Unit of HR Administration – Scientific Staff, Karlsplatz 13, 1040 Wien, Austria.

Application Deadline: 29.08.2019 (date of postmark)

TU Wien is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to female candidates when equally qualified. Persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

 

Other

For other openings in Informatics in Europe, see https://www.informatics-europe.org/services/informatics-job-platform.html

 

ACM Awards and Advanced Grades of Membership Deadlines

Each year ACM recognizes outstanding achievements of its members through awards that cover a spectrum of professional and technological areas and different stages of professional development.

ACM-W Rising Star Award

March 2019, the ACM Women’s Council (ACM-W) has announced the creation of the ACM-W Rising Star Award, recognizing 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. ACM-W is establishing an awards committee that will solicit nominations for the award annually in early August. The winner will be recognized at a conference of her choosing, pending the approval of the conference program committee. The awardee will receive a framed certificate and $1000 stipend to be used at her discretion.

Following the mission of ACM-W to foster women’s participation in the field of computing, ACM-W Europe invites the community to welcome and recognize the accomplishments of ACM Women in Europe who made significant contributions through their technical and professional excellence.

Advanced Grades of Membership Deadlines

  • Senior Members – 3 March 2019
  • Distinguished Members – 1 August 2019
  • ACM Fellow –  7 September 2019

For SIG-specific Awards, please visit this website.

 

Thank you for joining us in recognizing the accomplishments of ACM Women in Europe and ensuring they are nominated for ACM Awards they deserve.

 

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