ACM-W UK Inspire Conference 2019

ACM-W UK Inspire 2019

ACM-W UK Celebration of Women in Computing – Inspire Conference 2019 will take place on September 6, 2019 at  University of Kent, UK.

ACM-W supports, celebrates, and advocates internationally for the full engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field, providing a wide range of programs and services to ACM members and working in the broader community to advance the contributions of women in technical fields.

The theme of this year INSPIRE Conference 2019 is “Rising Together”. Therefore, the programme will have some exciting talks on supporting, mentoring and advocating women to achieve their full potential in both tech industry and academia and how to bridge the gap between academia and the industry. The conference programme also includes some emerging research in the area of AI, specifically focusing on steps towards building “Diversity in AI”.

– Ethics and fairness of AI
– Using AI to tackle unconscious bias
– Privacy and Security in AI
– Advances in Real-life applications


6th September, University of Kent

10:00 — 10:45   Poster Display and Discussions (Cornwallis East Seminar room 1)

10:45 — 11:15    Coffee Break (Darwin conference suite)

Venue: Cornwallis East seminar room 1, It is a 1-2 minute  walk from the conference suite. The entrance to Cornwallis East is at  the Darwin road bus stop. Enter the building, turn immediately left, and  the seminar room is straight ahead.

11:15 — 11:25    Welcome from Dr Noura Al Moubayed (Inspire co-chair) (Cornwallis East Seminar room 1)

11:25 — 11:45  ACM-W UK – Status, roles and going forward, Dr Poonam Yadav (ACM-W UK Chair and Inspire co-chair)

11:45 — 12:15

  • Invited Talk:On  the  use of  Deep Learning for  the  Detection of Firearms  in  X-ray Baggage Security  Imagery”,   Dr Yona Falinie A. Gaus (Durham Univeristy)

12:15 –13:00 Short presentations from the selected posters

  1. Habiba Akter, Evolutionary Algorithm for Feasible Implementation of AS-Domain Tunnels (Queen Mary London)
  2. Huiyuan Xie, How clever are the models exhibiting ‘super-human’ performance on VQA datasets?(University of Cambridge) 
  3. Becky Allen (PGR), Identifying Best Practices for Teaching Machine Learning, (Newcastle University) 
  4. Raghda Marai Saleh Zahran (PGR), Nuances of Female Academics’ Professional Autonomy in the Context of Cloud-Based Technology Services in Higher Education (Newcastle University)

13:00 — 14:00 Lunch  (Darwin conference suite)

14:00 –14:30

  • Invited Talk: “An interdisciplinary journey to exploring ethics of AI”, Dr Mhairi Aitken (Newcastle University)

14:30 — 15:50 Short presentations from the selected posters

  1. Khulood Alharbi, Cyberbullying Detection using Deep Learning (Durham University)
  2. Jialin Yu, Author-Profiling of Learners’ Gender on a MOOC Platform based on their Comments (Durham University)
  3. Latifah Almuqren, Customer Satisfaction in Saudi Telecom Companies: A Sentiment Analysis based on Customers Gender (Durham University)
  4. Seyma Yucer, Towards Ethnicity Agnostic Facial Recognition Systems (Durham University)              
  5. Aljawharah Alnasser, A recommendation model for vehicle-to-everything communication (Durham University)
  6. Fatima Chiroma, Detection of Suicidal Twitter Posts (University of Portsmouth) 

15:50 — 16:00 Best poster award and closing

Important Dates:

• Poster Abstract (250 words) Submission: August 2nd, 2019, 23:59 EST
• Notification: August 15th, 2019
• Conference Registration: August 25th, 2019 Extended till 30th August
• Final A1 poster: August 25th, 2019
• Conference: September 6th, 2019

Call for Poster submission:

The conference invites students (Undergrad, Master, PhD)/post-docs/early-career researchers to submit a poster (work related to computing and other related areas) by emailing a poster abstract 250 words (Before August 2nd, 2019, 23:59 EST). Successful posters will be included in the conference, and there will be prize awards for the top 3 posters. Students travel grants are also available. Students who want to be considered for travel grants should specify this at the time of the poster abstract submission.

Registration Details:

Register on eventbrite here:


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