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Women-in-Computing Forum

The purpose of this forum is to (1) attract more women to join the field of computing and engineering, and (2) help women in the field, especially for young women just starting out, to achieve their career success. In addition, the panel discussion will have career advices for both female and male students. The forum welcomes both female and male students/young professionals to foster collaboration. We encourage all women and men related to the field of computing and engineering and those who are willing to support women to join this forum.

  • Time: 10:10-11:50 AM
  • Date: Friday, November 8th, 2019
  • Location: Hilton Crystal City, 2399 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia, 22202
  • Conference room: Monroe Room

Keynote Speakers:

Christine Moor


Bio: Christine Moor leads Capacity Management where she and her team helped YouTube scale through a 10X growth in content and 60% annual growth in consumption. Her team determined how to expand YouTube’s machine and network footprint to keep up with rapid growth and an unpredictable environment, all while maintaining high efficiency.
Christine also leads project management for YouTube’s Video Infrastructure, driving initiatives to ensure that any video or live stream uploaded to YouTube can be served to any user, on any screen, anywhere in the world.
Despite all this, Christine spends much of her weekend prying her children off YouTube to spend more family time outdoors in sunny California.
Christine has been at Google since 2006 and holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics with a computer science emphasis from the Claremont Colleges.

Nathalie Japkowicz

American University

Bio: Nathalie Japkowicz is a Professor and Chair in the Computer Science at American University. She was previously with the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Ottawa where she led the Laboratory for Research on Machine Learning for Defense and Security. Over the years, she has supervised over thirty graduate students, received funding from Canadian and US Federal and Provincial institutions, worked with private companies and published over 100 articles, papers and books including Evaluating Learning Algorithms: A Classification Perspective, with Mohak Shah (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Big Data Analysis: New Algorithms for a New Society, with Jerzy Stefanowski (Springer, 2016).

Program Schedule:

  10:10-10:20 Welcome Remarks (Program Chairs)
  10:20-10:45 Keynote Speech 1:
Speaker: Christine Moor
  10:45-11:10 Keynote Speech 2:
Speaker: Nathalie Japkowicz 
(Professor and Department Chair, Department of Computer Science, American University)
  11:10-11:40 Panel :  Industry and academic careers: challenges, prospects, and recipes
Moderator: Lei Ding (Accenture Labs)
Pelin A. Kurtay (Associate Chair of ECE Department, George Mason University),
Wenjing Lou (Professor of Computer Science, Virginia Tech),
Ian McCulloh (Principal Director, Accenture),
Victor P. Piotrowski  (Lead Program Director, National Science Foundation),
Liz White (Associate Chair of Compute Science Department, George Mason University)
  11:40-11:50 Best Student Poster Awards
  11:50-13:00 Lunch (Crystall Ballroom)


Lei Ding, Accenture Labs

Yao Liu, SUNY Binghamton


Questions? Contact Lei Ding at lei.a.ding at accenture dot com.