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2019 DivEDA at DAC in Las Vegas!

ADVANCING DIVERSITY IN EDA

  • Location: Co-located with DAC’19 in Las Vegas
  • Date: June 3, 2019
  • Time: 14:00 – 18:00

Organizers:

Chengmo Yang, University of Delaware
Ayse Coskun, Boston University

Time                                 Session

14:00 – 14:15                  Welcome and Introduction: Chengmo Yang, University of Delaware

14:15 – 14:45                  Keynote: Advancing Design Automation for Biological Engineering

                                           Speaker: Soha Hassoun, Tufts University

                                           Introduction: Chengmo Yang, University of Delaware

Analyzing and exploiting biochemical features has shown great promise in advancing our understanding of biological systems and engineering synthetic systems that produce commercially useful biomolecules, including polyesters, biofuels and therapeutic natural products. In this talk, I will describe how I used familiar EDA concepts, e.g., synthesis and technology mapping, to advance the design of biological systems. I will also explain how deep learning can be applied to graph-structured biochemical data to predict undocumented biochemical interactions. I will conclude by highlighting a few personal experiences (successes and challenges) that shaped my journey from EDA to Bio Design Automation.

Soha Hassoun is Professor and Past Chair of the Department of Computer Science at Tufts University. She holds secondary appointments in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and also in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Tufts. Soha received the BSEE degree from South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD, the Master's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, and the Ph.D. degree from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. She was an integrated circuit designer with the Microprocessor Design Group, Digital Equipment Corporation, Hudson, MA, 1988-1991, and worked as a consultant to several EDA companies including Mentor Graphics and Carbon Design Automation. Her current research interests are in using machine learning to advance Systems Biology and Metabolic Engineering. Dr. Hassoun was a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, and several awards from ACM/SIGDA for her service, including the Distinguished Service Award in 2000 and 2007, and the 2002 Technical Leadership Award. She held executive and technical leadership positions for several conferences and workshops, including DAC, ICCAD, IWLS, and TAU. She is a fellow of Tau Beta Pi, and a senior member of IEEE and ACM.

14:45 – 15:30              Panel 1: Negotiating: Practical Strategies for Women and URM in Tech

                                       Moderator: Sharon Hu, University of Notre Dame

                                       Panelists: Iris Bahar, Brown University
                                                          Anne Cirkel, Mentor Graphics
                                                          Ian Harris, University of California, Irvine
                                                          Tajana Rosing, University of California, San Diego   

This panel discusses negotiation in the EDA industry and academia at various job levels, including for addressing the gender and minority pay gap, when seeking promotions, or for increasing personal visibility at the workplace and in the community. The panelists will provide practical strategies as well as their broader insights and experiences.  

15:30 – 16:00               Coffee break

16:00 – 16:45               Panel 2: Work-Life Balance: Myth or Reality?

                                        Moderator: Seda Ogrenci-Memik, Northwestern University

                                        Panelists: Valeria Bertacco, University of Michigan
                                                           Agnieszka Dubaj, IEEE CEDA
                                                           Helen Li, Duke University
                                                           Tulika Mitra, National University of Singapore

This panel discusses observations, challenges, and methods regarding work-life balance, seeking answers to questions such as: What does balance mean at different stages of life and career? How do work-life balance and personal goals interact? Are there better (or worse) ways for time management? 

16:45 – 17:30             Panel 3: Job Hunting and Breaking the Glass Ceiling

                                       Moderator: Cristiana Bolchini, Politecnico di Milano

                                       Panelists: Patrick Groeneveld, Stanford University
                                                          Christopher Harris, Auburn University
                                                          Farinaz Koushanfar, University of California, San Diego
                                                          Xue Lin, Northeastern University

This panel discusses the opportunities, challenges, and obstacles experienced by women and URM in the job-hunting process both in academia and in industry, discussing topics related to better ways of presenting oneself, challenges and strategies with applications and reference letters, how to demonstrate strengths in phone or onsite interviews, how to decide on competing job offers, and more.

17:30 – 18:00             Speed Mentoring Session

This structured mentoring session will match each mentee with a few mentors throughout the session, with the goals of getting quick tips and feedback, as well as identifying good mentor-mentee matches for longer-term mentorship.

18:00                             Closing Remarks, followed by DAC Reception

This event is jointly sponsored by IEEE CEDA and ACM SIGDA.


2018 IEEE WIE Forum USA East - Call for Papers and Participation

Dear Esteemed IEEE Members,

We are thrilled to chair the 2018 IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) Forum USA East to be held on November 29 through December 1, 2018, in White Plains, New York. Following the great tradition of IEEE WIE Forum USA East, once again, we are welcoming a group of influential and accomplished women in technology to our program who would be inspiring you with their invaluable insights, personal journey, and lessons learned. Our 2018 program once again is focused on three tracks, Innovation, Empowerment, and Leadership.  Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in any of the tracks and learn firsthand from the speakers and panelists. 

We continue to embrace encouraging more women to pursue careers in the STEM field and to focus on retaining those that are in the field.

We welcome your active sponsorship, and participation in our program and look forward to welcoming you to the White Plains area.

For more information on the sponsorship levels and career fair, please visit: http://sites.ieee.org/wie-forum-usa-east-2018/files/2018/03/PatronGuide-2018-PDF.pdf



Call for Papers and Participation Topics:
•  Innovation: Emerging/Future/Disruptive Technical & Entrepreneurial
•  Development: communication skills in written and spoken word, effective dialog
•  Empowerment: Women as leaders in education, industry, and government
•  Work-Life balance: Family systems traditions and changes
•  Mentoring female leaders
•  Leadership development
•  Exploring the attrition gap
•  Panels, workshops, and hands-on demonstrations

Key Dates:
•  Deadline for all submissions    07/25/2018
•  Decision notification date        09/05/2018
•  Final Announcement        10/03/2018



Please visit our website for more info: http://sites.ieee.org/wie-forum-usa-east-2018/.

Sincerely,
Dr. Charlotte Blair, Co-Chair
IEEE WIE Forum USA East
[email protected]

Maryam Rahmani, CISSP, Co-Chair
IEEE WIE Forum USA East
[email protected]


Advancing Diversity in EDA

This is a CEDA-sponsored event

Date: 2018-03-19

Time: 14:00-18:00

Location / Room: Seminar 1 (International Congress Center, Dresden, Germany)

Organizers

Ayse Coskun, Boston University, US (Contact Ayse Coskun)
Eli Bozorgzadeh, Univ. of California, Irvine, US (Contact Eli Bozorgzadeh)

The goal of this event is to help facilitate women and underrepresented minorities (URM) to advance their careers in academia and industry, and consequently, to help increase diversity in the EDA community. Through an interactive medium, our aim is to provide practical tips to women and URM on how to succeed and overcome potential hurdles in their career growth, while at the same time, connecting senior and junior researchers to ignite longer-term mentoring relationships.

Please register for this event in line with your online registration to the DATE conference: https://www.date-conference.com/registration.

Agenda

Time Label Session
14:00 FM04.1 Welcome and Introduction

Organizers:
Ayse Coskun, Boston University, US, Contact Ayse Coskun
Elaheh Bozorgzadeh, University of California, Irvine, US, Contact Eli Bozorgzadeh

14:15 FM04.2 Keynote: "VLSI Design Methods for Low Power Encryption"

Speaker:
Ingrid Verbauwhede, KU Leuven and UCLA, BE, Contact Ingrid Verbauwhede

In this talk, I will present the evolution in research on hardware security. I will also discuss current hot hardware security research topics going forward. This title also reflects my start in academia. It was the title of my very first NSF grant funded in a call on EDA "Design Automation for Micro and Nano Systems". I will use this and other examples to show how to survive in a research environment which might not be ready for either of them: women nor the need for hardware security.

14:45 FM04.3 Panel 1: Mastering Your Leadership Skills

Moderator:
Elaheh Bozorgzadeh, University of California, Irvine, US, Contact Eli Bozorgzadeh

Panelists:
X. Sharon Hu, University of Notre Dame, US, Contact X. Sharon Hu
Marilyn Wolf, Georgia Institute of Technology, US, Contact Marilyn Wolf
Nuria Llin, Texas Instruments, US, Contact Nuria Llin
Cristiana Bolchini, Politecnico di Milano, IT, Contact Cristiana Bolchini

This panel focuses on leadership development in academic and industry settings in EDA. Panel will address topics such as strategies for increasing upward mobility particularly for women and URM; developing leadership skills to create an innovative, productive, and inclusive environment; various alternative career paths towards inspirational leadership.

15:30 FM04.4 Coffee Break
16:00 FM04.5 Panel 2: Negotiating: Practical Strategies for Women and URM in Tech

Moderator:
Ingrid Verbauwhede, KU Leuven and UCLA, BE, Contact Ingrid Verbauwhede

Panelists:
Ian Harris, University of Californa Irvine, US, Contact Ian Harris
Aida Todri-Sanial, LIRMM, FR, Contact Aida Todri-Sanial

This panel addresses various aspects of negotiation in EDA industry and academia at different job levels, including regarding the gender and minority pay gap, when seeking promotions, or for increasing personal visibility at the workplace. The panelists will provide practical strategies as well as broader insights.

16:45 FM04.6 Panel 3: Work-Life Balance: Myth or Reality?

Moderator:
Hai Li, University of Pittsburgh, US, Contact Hai Li

Panelists:
Nele Mentens, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, BE, Contact Nele Mentens
Chengmo Yang, University of Delaware, US, Contact Chengmo Yang
Laura Pozzi, USI Lugano, CH, Contact Laura Pozzi

This panel discusses observations, challenges, and methods regarding work-life balance, seeking answers to questions such as: What does balance mean at different stages of life and career? How do work-life balance and personal goals interact? Are there better (or worse) ways for time management?

17:30 FM04.7 Speed Mentoring Session
 

This structured mentoring session will match each mentee with a few mentors throughout the session, with the goals of getting quick tips and feedback, as well as identifying good mentor-mentee matches for longer-term mentorship.

18:00 FM04.8 Closing Remarks, followed by DATE Reception