Women in Data Science conference
Women in Data Science conference

Qatar joins simultaneous worldwide conference for women in data science

CMU-Q professor speaks on machine learning, future of data science

Students, faculty and industry professionals convened for the Qatar edition of Women in Data Science (WiDS), a thought leadership forum that took place in more than 50 cities worldwide on February 3, 2017. WiDS Qatar was organized by the Arab Women in Computing (ArabWIC) Qatar chapter, in collaboration with Stanford University.

Speakers included Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar’s Houda Bouamor, visiting associate teaching professor of computer science, who spoke about machine learning. Carnegie Mellon systems scientist Rita Singh and Noora Fetais, director of KINDI Center for Computing Research, were also featured speakers.

Hanan Alshikhabobakr, president of ArabWIC Qatar and a research associate at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, said that the worldwide event served an important purpose: “As the future of technology points to data science, artificial intelligence, machine learning, it is clear that those who pursue these fields will have long-lasting careers. We encourage women to actively participate in these fields, and these events help promote mentorship, networking and collaboration among them.”

The conference included a poster session showcasing data science projects, live streaming of the WiDS conference in Beirut, and workshops Twitter sentiment analysis and machine learning.

WiDS Qatar took place at the Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) Research Complex.

More information on the Qatar chapter of Arab Women in Computing.

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