Women's Mentoring Session @ AAAI-21


Friday, February 5, 1:30 - 3:00 PM PT

Co-chairs: Elena Zheleva (UIC) & Maria Chang (IBM Research)

This year’s event will be virtual, but the aim is still the same: to give women students in AI the opportunity to meet some of the great women that lead our field. This is a venue for discussing issues relevant to pursuing a successful career in AI, connecting with peers, and establishing mentor/mentee relationships that we hope will extend beyond this single event. No submissions are required, but this event is open to registered participants only.

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Meet your mentors:

Claire Monteleoni
Associate Professor, and the Associate Chair for Inclusive Excellence, in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Colorado Boulder

machine learning for the study of climate change helped launch the interdisciplinary field of Climate Informatics.

Yolanda Gil
Senior Director for Major Strategic AI and Data Science Initiatives USC's Information Sciences Institute (ISI)

intelligent interfaces for knowledge capture, knowledge-based planning and problem solving, information analysis and assessment of trust, semantic annotation, software choreography, community-wide development of knowledge bases.

Farzaneh Tabataba
Software Engineer & Data Scientist, Bloomberg L.P.

Data Science, Machine learning, Knowledge graph

Shiwali Mohan
Senior Member of Research Staff at the Palo Alto Research Center (Xerox PARC)

human-AI collaborative systems, hybrid AI systems, cognitive modeling, AI architectures

Heng Ji
Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

natural language processing

Sara Magliacane
Assistant Professor at University of Amsterdam and Research Scientist at MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab

Causality, causal inference, transfer learning

Kiri Wagstaff
Principal Researcher, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Associate Research Professor, Oregon State University

machine learning, active learning, unsupervised learning and discovery, machine learning applications to natural science domains, competency-aware machine learning

Rezarta Islamaj
Staff Scientist, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

data science, machine learning, text mining, biomedical named entity recognition, relationship extraction, information extraction, biocuration, corpus annotation

Danai Koutra
Morris Wellman Assistant Professor, University of Michigan

data science, large-scale graph mining, graph neural networks, network representation learning, network summarization, network alignment, network neuroscience

Judy Goldsmith
Professor of Computer Science, University of Kentucky

Computational Social Choice, Opinions in Social Networks, CS Ethics Pedagogy, Computational Complexity

Francesca Rossi
IBM AI Ethics Global Leader, IBM Research, US

preferences, constraints, multi-agent systems, fairness, computational social choice, neuro-symbolic AI

Laura Hiatt
Senior Research Scientist, Naval Research Laboratory

Human-robot interaction; cognitive science; planning, scheduling and execution

Maria Gini
College of Science & Engineering Distinguished Professor

Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Intelligent Agents.

Marie desJardins
Dean of the College of Organizational, Computational, and Information Sciences, Simmons University

artificial intelligence, machine learning, CS education

Natasha Noy
Senior Staff Research Scientist at Google Research

Semantic Web, structured data, search, open data

Nesreen Ahmed
Senior Researcher & Tech Lead, Intel Labs

Theory and algorithms, Statistical Relational learning, Graph neural networks, Large-scale Machine Learning Algorithms

Ning Yu
Senior Research Scientist, AI/ML Accelerator, Leidos INC.

Natural language processing applications, Information retrieval, Recommendation system, Domain adaptation

Jennifer Neville
Samuel D. Conte Professor of Computer Science, Purdue University

Artificial intelligence, machine learning, data mining, relational learning, graph learning, social network analysis, link analysis

Rina Dechter
Distinguished Professor, UC Irvine

Graphicl models, Constraint processing, heuristic search, inference.

Furong Huang
Assistant Professor, University of Maryland

High-dimensional statistics, Deep Learning Theory, Reinforcement Learning, Spectral Methods, Tensor Decompositions, Latent Variable Models

Sheila McIlraith
Professor Department of Computer Science, CIFAR Canada AI Chair and Faculty Member (Vector Institute), Research Lead Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society

KR, sequential decision making, reinforcement learning, automated planning, AI Safety, human-compatible AI, neuro-symbolic AI

Fatiha Sadat
Professor, University of Quebec in Montreal

Natural Language Processing, Computational Linguistics, Machine Translation, Less-resourced languages, Indigenous languages.

Jennifer Golbeck
Professor, University of Maryland

social media, personalization, user modeling, privacy

Becky Thomas
Chief Operating Officer, i2k Connect

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Cloud, OpenSource
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