This workshop at IJCAI 2015 addresses from an interdisciplinary perspective (scientific and sociological) the curious phenomenon that world-wide female participation in AI and CS in general is dwindling instead of increasing (e.g. in Argentina, it has gone from almost 70% to 11%), with the consequence that we are losing more than half the talent.
The workshop will discuss the societal causes of female under-representation in Computing Sciences, and in particular in AI, in order to:
promote consciousness of this situation among both sexes, so that it ceases to appear as “normal”
discuss potential actions that could heal these causes and could help the integration of women into the field
find ways of enlisting men in particular into helping out, given that they are placed in privileged positions and can therefore exert the most influence.
The workshop will be half-day. Activities will include:
an introductory presentation at the main conference about female under-representation in AI and computer science in general and particularly in Argentina
a lunch where the workshop’s topics can be discussed informally
a panel session on what can be done to improve the situation.
contributed presentations (see call for submissions)