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September 25, 2018

CMU Plays Prominent Role in Grace Hopper Celebration

By Abby Simmons

Carnegie Mellon University is growing its presence at the Grace Hopper Celebration, the world's largest gathering of women technologists, set for Sept. 26–28 in Houston. Faculty, staff, alumni, current and prospective students will gather at Grace Hopper to support and inspire women to further their careers, break boundaries and transform the world of technology.

More than 20 faculty, alumni and students representing all seven of CMU's schools and colleges are presenting at Grace Hopper. Produced by and presented in partnership with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the celebration is expected to attract 18,000 participants. 

Lani Fraizer, a 2002 graduate of the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, is co-chair of this year's Grace Hopper Celebration. Fraizer's career has spanned the private and public sectors, and she is an expert on the future of work. 

Image of Lani Fraizer"GHC is a celebration of diversity and inclusion for women in technology. It's a community in which we come together to learn cutting-edge content in areas like AI, robotics, products, product development, educational technology, leadership and career development, and where women can support each other as they evolve into their careers," Fraizer said.

For more, read a Q&A with Fraizer about the Grace Hopper Celebration and her interests at the intersection of technology, social innovation and workforce development.

Numerous GHC 2018 planning committee members have connections to CMU. They include SCS graduate student Zarana Parekh, a member of the data science committee, and Heinz College MSIT Program Director Allison Frankoski, a member of the career committee.

Justine Cassell, associate dean of technology strategy and impact at the School of Computer Science and director emerita of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, is one of three keynote speakers this year. Her keynote on Friday, Sept. 28, is part of the "The Future as We See It" session and PitcHER Competition winners recognition ceremony.

Cassell also will present "Designing Bots and Other Systems that Hold Up Their End of the Conversation" as part of the Abie Awards Series on Thursday, Sept. 27. honored Cassell with its Abie Award for Leadership in 2008.

Dena Haritos Tsamitis, Barbara Lazarus Professor in the Information Networking Institute, director of the College of Engineering's Information Networking Institute and a founding director of CyLab, will present a talk titled "Fraud Alert: Shatter Imposter Syndrome." A student advocate and mentor of women in technology, Haritos Tsamitis co-founded the student organization Women@INI and established a partnership with the Executive Women's Forum on Information Security, Risk Management and Privacy.

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CMU Presenters —

Visit the Grace Hopper Celebration online schedule for more information on presenters, times and locations. Not listed as a CMU presenter? Contact us with additions and updates.

Wednesday, Sept. 26

11:30 a.m.
Dan Xie (HNZ'16) and Sheryl Zhang (E'16, S'16, E'17): Poster Session 1: AI, Big Data Super Computing, Human Computer Interaction, Networks and More

11:30 a.m.
Stacy Gorelik (CS'01, S'01): Mentoring Circles

12:15 p.m.
Emily Yeh (CS'16): AZ140: AI Product Management: Secrets from Proven Leaders

Thursday, Sept. 27

9:45 a.m.
Vanessa DeGennaro (DC'03): CR321: Leverage Your Uniqueness: Don't Stick Out, Stand Out!

10:30 a.m.
Devika Yeragudipati (INI'12): SP677: The Early Bird Catches the Worm-Improving Software Security

Thursday, Sept. 27 (continued)

11:15 a.m.
Lani Fraizer (HNZ'02): Pay it Forward! Volunteer for GHC 19 and

11:30 a.m.
Gabriella Han (CS'20): Poster Session 3: CREU Students, DREU Students, Data Bases, Open Source, Robotics

11:25 a.m.
Yuchen Mou (A’16): CR219: Tech: More Than Coding

3:45 p.m.
Justine Cassell (SCS faculty): Abie Awards Series: Designing Bots and Other Systems That Hold Up Their End of the Conversation, 

4:05 p.m.
Ting-Fang Yen (E'06, E'11): A!701: Deep Learning for Large-Scale Online Fraud Detection

4:15 p.m.
Pavi Bhatter (DC'21): TW556: How to be a Mentor to Bring More Girls to STEAM

Friday, Sept. 28

9 a.m.
Alison Alvarez
 (CS'07, TPR'16), Erin Radler (TPR'16) and Amanda Rosemark (TPR'16): CR203: Should You Consider an MBA?

9 a.m.
Reena Lee (E'00, E'00): CR401: Give and Grow as a Leader on Nonprofit Boards

9 a.m.
Zarana Parekh (CS'19): Poster Session 5: Interactive Media, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Software Engineering

9:45 a.m.
Lani Fraizer (HNZ'12): How to Have a Successful GHC 19 CFP Submission

9:45 a.m.
LeighAnn DeLyser (CS'10, CS'14): FA128: It's Never Too Late: Starting Your PhD After 30

11:30 a.m.
Divya Tyam (E'08): AI608: Machine Learning for Everyone: Best Practices for Fairness in ML

Friday, Sept. 28 (continued)

12:35 p.m.
Dena Haritos Tsamitis (INI/CyLab faculty): CR213: Fraud Alert: Shatter Impostor Syndrome

12:45 p.m.
Luza Jaramillo (INI'11): CM126: "Authentic" Selves, Who Are You in Your 9-5?

1 p.m.
Isil Demir (E'14): SE686: Not Your Mom's Mission Control: Satellite Automation at Scale

1:10 p.m.
Beibei Li (Heinz College faculty): IW658: Empowering Patients Using Smart Mobile Health Platforms

1:40 p.m.
Bo Xian See (E'10): IW528: Simulating Life: Autonomy in the Sims

3 p.m.
Justine Cassell (SCS faculty): Keynote and PitcHER Competition

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