Virtual Program 2021

WiDS Central Massachusetts 2021 Agenda ( EST)


Optional Attendance at the WiDS Global Opening Session 

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1:00pm- 2:00pm

WiDS Central Massachusetts Opening Remarks

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Dr. Jean King, Peterson Family Dean of Arts & Sciences, WPI

Dr. Elke Rundensteiner, Founding Director of Data Science Program & Professor of Computer Science, WPI

President Laurie Leshin ,16th president, and first woman, to lead Worcester Polytechnic Institute




Panel One: Ethics and Fairness in Artificial Intelligence (AI)

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Dr. Julia Stoyanovich, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and of Data Science at New York University


Sarah Khatry, Applied Data Scientists at DataRobot, Trusted AI team

Dr. Dessislava Pachamanova, Professor and Zwerling Family Endowed Scholar at Babson College and Research Affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Zahra Timsah, AI Governance and Ethics Lead at MassMutual


3:15pm- 3:30pm

Coffee Break


Poster and Networking Session hosted on Hopin

Speed Networking Session (Please use Chrome for Hopin)

Hopin Networking Guide

Hopin Link

Student Poster Session

Poster Abstracts

Poster Zoom Link 

4:30pm-5:45pm Panel Two: Professional Development

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Dr. Gillian Smith, Associate Professor in Interactive Media & Game Development and Computer Science


Julie Buard, Product Owner, Grid Digital Solutions, General Electric Renewable Energy

Dr. Shiri Dori-Hacohen, CEO & founder of AuCoDe, an AI-based startup that detects controversies and misinformation online and turns them into actionable intelligence

Jocelyn Petitto, PhD Candidate in BCB and the first cohort of the WPI/UMMS Joint Program

5:45pm-6:00pm WiDS Central Massachusetts Closing Remarks

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Geri Dimas, PhD Candidate , Data Science Program , WPI

6:00pm-8:00pm Optional Attendance at the WiDS Global Closing Session

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