2014 GECCO Workshop - Women@GECCO - July 12, 2014

Women@GECCO 2013

The objective of this workshop is to bring women attending GECCO together to share in ways that will generate, encourage and support academic, professional and social opportunities for women in evolutionary computation.

The Women@GECCO meeting was inaugurated in 2013 as venue specifically for women in evolutionary computation. All women are invited and no manuscript submission is expected.


Women form an under-represented cohort in evolutionary computation, whether the cohort is examined in industry, academics or both. This situation is reflective of a larger scale demographic divide in computer science and  more widely in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), recognized by organizations such as ACM and IEEE.  ACM are organizing this year the first womENcourage event to bring together students, early career researchers, and practitioners from the computing profession, while IEEE are embarking on an international leadership conference  for women in engineering.  

Our goal at Women@GECCO is to provide a caring & sharing environment where the many pressing questions of women in the evolutionary computation field can be discussed openly.

The topics include, but are not limited to:  

  • How will industry’s need for evolutionary technology expertise be filled without more equal representation?
  • How can women be encouraged to enter the field of evolutionary computation?
o   How can we promote evolutionary computation to women choosing graduate degrees?
o   How can we efficiently disseminate evolutionary computation information to pre-college girls?
  • What will help women in evolutionary computation remain in the field long term?

o   What are the different challenges along a career path?

o   What strategies will help women navigate career and family responsibilities? 

o   What changes can be adopted by women as a group, by our larger community with respect to our conferences and awards, or by our academic institutions with respect to positions and promotions?

  • Are there experiences and strategies that can be shared which allow senior women to support more junior ones or peers to support each other?   Every women’s experience is different and shaped by cultural, society, institutional and personal influences.  Are there ways to support across these differences? Often, numbers are such that a woman can feel quite isolated. What can other women do to help?

   Work-Life Balance Panel Discussion: 18:00 Sunday, July 12,  Jr. Ballroom D   

This panel features panelists at different stages of their career who will share their experience on how to combine a successful research career with a rich private life. 


  • Emma Hart
  • Gabriela Ochoa
  • Una-May O'Reilly
  • Elena Popovici
  • Marc Schoenauer
  • Nur Zincir-Heywood

Organizers:  Anne Auger (Anne.Auger at inria.fr) and Carola Doerr (Carola.Doerr at lip6.fr).


Una-May O'Reilly: unamay at csail.mit.edu
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Anna Esparcia : aesparcia at s2grupo.es
S2 Grupo, Spain

Anikó Ekárt: a.ekart at aston.ac.uk

Computer Science, Aston University, United Kingdom

Gabriela Ochoa: gabriela.ochoa at cs.stir.ac.uk

Computing Science and Mathematics, School of Natural Sciences, University of Stirling, Scotland

Carola Doerr: Carola.Doerr at lip6.fr
CNRS permanent researcher at the Computer Science Department of the University Pierre et Marie Curie (LIP6), France

Anne Auger: Anne.Auger_at_inria.fr
Inria, France





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