KINDI Center for Computing Research (KINDI) at Qatar University College of Engineering (QU-CENG) supported the “Women in Data Science” conference, which was held on 3 February at Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) Research Complex.

The event was organized by ArabWIC Qatar in collaboration with WiDS Stanford University and sponsored by QCRI. It is part of the Global Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference 2017, which was held at Stanford University and live-streamed by KINDI.

Around 14 students from QU participated in the event. QU Computing Masters student Alaa Moosa, and Research Assistant and Computing Masters student Wafa Waheeda contributed in the organization of the event.

The event included three tracks “LEARN”, “ENGAGE” and “INSPIRE”. The first track “LEARN” covered introductory workshops focusing on visualisation and classification projects related to data science. CENG research assistants and computing Masters students Rachael Fernandaz and Wafa Waheeda led these workshops.

At the “ENGAGE” track, students presented posters showcasing about 7 data science projects of participants from QU, HBKU and QCRI. QU student Reem Suwaileh and Maram Hasanian won the first place, while Hind Almerekhi from QCRI won the third place. KINDI Assistant Research Professor Dr Abdullatif Shikfa was among the panel of judges who evaluated the poster contest.

The “INSPIRE” track featured speakers from various organizations. They delivered technical talks on data science topics such as data visualization, machine learning, Internet of Things, and crimes of future. Speakers included QU KINDI Center for Computing Research Director Dr Noora Fetais who presented on “What Data visualization is and why it matters?”.

CENG Dean Dr Khalifa Al-Khalifa said:

CENG’s support of WiDs comes as a part of its role in advancing local and international initiatives that promote technology innovation and engineering among women, and that motivate CENG students to undertake leading positions in such events.’

Dr Noora Fetais said:

It is critically important that we support events and activities that promote, inspire and support women in technology across all sectors, as it will contribute to ensuring our country’s future competitiveness and to paving the way for a new generation of females who share passion for technology. I congratulate all the partners and thank participants for offering stimulating activities that make a difference to the future of women in technology.’