Women in Data Science
Central Massachusetts
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WPI is proud to host the Women in Data Science Conference in partnership with Stanford University. This one-day regional event for Central Massachusetts will showcase local talent, bringing together individuals from industry and academia to celebrate the contributions of Women in Data Science.

The Global Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference aims to inspire and educate data scientists worldwide, regardless of gender, and support women in the field. This annual conference is held at Stanford University and 100+ locations worldwide via livestream or delayed broadcast.


March 5, 2018 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM


Campus Center Odeum, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
100 Institute Rd. Worcester, MA 01609


Parking Placard

Campus Map

Sponsored by:

Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences

Data Science Program

Department of Computer Science

Department of Mathematical Sciences

Foisie School of Business

Office of Graduate Admissions


9:00 am


9:30 am

Opening Remarks

9:50 am

Morning Keynote

Dr. Laura Haas, Dean CICS UMass Amherst and IBM Fellow

10:30 am

Coffee Break

10:50 pm

Technical Talks

Michelle Borkin, Northeastern

Jie Fu, WPI Robotics

Ellen Johnson, Mathworks

12:05 pm

Networking Lunch & Live Stream of Stanford Keynote

Leda Braga, CEO, Systematica Investments

1:20 pm

Afternoon Greeting

Kristin Tichenor, Senior Vice President WPI

1:30 pm

Afternoon Keynote

Dr. Patricia Florissi, Global CTO Sales Dell/EMC and Distinguished Engineer

2:10 pm

Panel Discussion:

Diverse Career Paths for Data Scientists

A diverse group of women from industry and academia will discuss various career paths available in this interdisciplinary field.

3:15 pm pm

Coffee Reception and Poster Session

Showcasing research by local students. (poster abstracts)

4:15 pm

Closing Remarks by WiDS Ambassadors


Opening Remarks

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Dr. Jean King

Peterson Family Dean
of Arts & Sciences, WPI

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Dr. Terri Anne Camesano

Dean of Graduate Studies
Prof. of Chemical Engineering, WPI

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Dr. Elke Rundensteiner

Founding Director of Data Science Program
Prof. of Computer Science, WPI

Keynote Speakers

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Dr. Laura Haas

Dean, College of Information and Computer Sciences
University of Massachusetts Amherst
IBM Fellow

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Dr. Patricia Florissi

Vice President, Global CTO for Sales & Distinguished Engineer
Dell EMC

Technical Talks

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Ellen Johnson


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Jie Fu

WPI Robotics

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Michelle Borkin

Northeastern University

Panel Discussion

Topic: Diverse Career Paths for Data Scientists

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Kajal Claypool

Harvard Medical School

Contact Us


Data Science @ WPI

WiDS @ Stanford


Follow the global event on social media: #WiDS2018


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Dr. Elke Rundensteiner

Data Science

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Melanie Jutras

Data Science
Masters Student

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Caitlin Kuhlman

Computer Science
PhD Candidate

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Cansu Sen

Computer Science
PhD Candidate

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Ziqi Lin

Data Science
Masters Student

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Wen Liu

Data Science
PhD Candidate

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Ramoza Ahsan

Computer Science
PhD Candidate