ACM Women's Day

(Friday, Feb 14, 2014)

Dogra Hall, IIT Delhi

The entire proceeedings of the ACM India Main event of February 15, 2014 will be available live online at the ACM India Channel starting from 9:15AM! This included great talks by Vint Cerf, Shafi Goldwasser, Dave Patterson, Radia Perlman and others. Please join the channel and take advantage of this facility. Join ACM today! ACM is the largest and most significant professional association in the computing areas. Be a volunteer and be part of all that ACM stands for!

The ACM-W event has been conceived as a one-stop event that provides an opportunity for young students and professionals to listen to, interact with, and be motivated by leading women professionals across the world. This event will see a conglomeration of experts speaking on a range of technical topics. These talks will be complemented by sessions designed to discuss and debate on contemporary, socially relevant themes like women in leadership roles and sexual harassment at workplace. There is a special round-table organized for mentoring students who are the future professionals. We invite students and professionals to participate in the conference, and take back an enriching experience.

Agenda for the day

 08:30 - 09:15AM
 09:15 - 09:45 AM
Welcome and Overview of Day's Prpgram (Lipika Dey),
Introduction to ACM (W) (Sheila Anand),
Video Address (Valerie Barr)
 09:45 - 10:30 AM
Plenary Talk-- Protocols, People, and Plexiglass (Radia Perlman)
 10:30 - 11:00 AM
Tea Break
 11:00 - 11:40 AM
Technical Talk 1-- Privacy and Security in Online Social Media ( Ponnurangam Kumaraguru)
 11:40 - 12:20 PM
HR Talk-- Aspirational Deficit or Growth Barriers - Defining the leadership context ( Ritu Anand)
 12:20 - 01:00 PM  Technical Talk 2-- Integrating Information to Enable the Benefits of Big Data ( Laura Haas)
 01:00 - 02:00 PM
 02:00 - 03:00 PM Student Session:
Pathways: Past, Present, and Future- A Roundtable for students (Coordinator  Amardeep Kahlon (
BML Munjal University))
Mentorship session:
Computer Science Careers: Education, and Research in Present Day and Future Trends for Women in Computing
Barbara Boucher-Owens)
 03:00 - 03:30 PM
Tea Break
 03:30  - 05.00 PM
Panel Discussion-- Sexual Harassment at Workplace
 (Panel Coordinator:  Ravinder Kaur, IIT Delhi, Panelists:  Ayesha Kidwai (JNU),  Sudha Komat (JNU),  Sudeshna Sarkar (IIT Kharagpur),
Mrinal Satish (National Law University Delhi)
 05:00  - 05.30 PM  Vote of Thanks & Closing Remarks

Please note that Registration is required only for the morning session and lunch.

The afternoon session is open for all.

Talks Details

Plenary Talk

Title: Protocols, People, and Plexiglass (Radia Perlman)

Abstract:This talk covers some of the lessons I've learned from a career in the design of communications system among and between computers and people. This talk includes a description of some of the security systems I've worked on and with, and somehow will include plexiglass.

Technical Talk 1

Title: (Dr. Ponnurangam Kumaraguru )

Abstract:With increase in usage of the Internet, there has been an exponential increase in the use of Online Social Media (OSM) on the Internet. Websites like Facebook, Google+, YouTube, Orkut, Twitter and Flickr have changed the way Internet is being used. There is a dire need to investigate, study and characterize privacy and security on online social media from various perspectives (computational, cultural, psychological). Real world scalable systems need to be built to detect and defend security and privacy issues on online social media. I will describe briefly some cool ongoing projects that we have: Twit-Digest, MultiOSN, Finding Nemo, OCEAN, Privacy in India, Safe Safari, and Call Me MayBe. In particular, in this talk, I will focus on how some research work that we do can help women be safe online, and will showcase some data showing perceptions of women in India towards privacy. I will also discuss how women are or can play a significant role of a creator, curator, and user of OSM technologies for their benefits.

HR Talk

Title: Aspirational Deficit or Growth Barriers - Defining the leadership context (Dr. Ritu Anand)

Abstract:This talk will focus on the human side of Women and the leadership gap that exists in Corporate India. This is despite Technology companies being in the forefront of hiring and number of women in the engineering institutes at an all-time high.

Technical Talk 2

Title: Integrating Information to Enable the Benefits of Big Data (Dr. Laura Haas)

Abstract:Everyone is talking about “Big Data”. Data volumes are sky-rocketing, and new sources and types of information are proliferating; we can now track and obtain data faster than ever before. New models, analytics, systems and tools are enabling this wealth of data to be used to save lives, optimize businesses and accelerate discoveries in many fields. But the data we need to have this impact is scattered across many sources, and must be brought together into a usable form – a simple-sounding but challenging task. In this talk, I will take a personal view of this challenge, and describe some of the research that has enabled us to leap forward into the world of Big Data – as well as some of the exciting results of that leap.

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