10th Workshop for Women in Machine Learning – CFP

Machine learning is one of the fastest growing areas of computer science research.

Search engines, text mining, social media analytics, face recognition, DNA sequence analysis, speech and handwriting recognition, healthcare analytics are just some of the applications in which machine learning is routinely used.

In spite of the wide reach of machine learning and the variety of theory and applications it covers, the percentage of female researchers is lower than in many other areas of computer science. Most women working in machine learning rarely get the chance to interact with other female researchers, making it easy to feel isolated and hard to find role models.

This technical workshop gives female faculty, research scientists, and graduate students in the machine learning community an opportunity to meet, network and exchange ideas, participate in career-focused panel discussions with senior women in industry and academia and learn from each other. Underrepresented minorities and undergraduates interested in machine learning research are encouraged to attend.


The 10th WiML Workshop is Co-located with NIPS in Montreal, Canada on December 07, 2015.

The one-day workshop will consist of talks by established researchers and graduate students, a poster session for graduate students to showcase their research, and a panel discussion to discuss careers in machine learning.

There will also be a pre-workshop dinner on December 6, 2015 for participants arriving the night before the workshop.


Workshop registration is free.

We are able to provide travel scholarships to those who wish to participate in the workshop. Please see our website for more details. (http://www.wimlworkshop.org/)


We strongly encourage female students, post-docs and researchers in all areas of machine learning to submit an abstract (500 words or less) describing either new or previously published research. Authors of accepted abstracts will be asked to present their work in a poster session.

Submission page: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=wiml2015


  • Call for abstracts begins: July 31, 2015
  • Abstract submission deadline: Extension! September 22, 2015
  • Notification of Acceptance: October 1, 2015
  • Registration begins: October 1, 2015
  • Pre-workshop dinner December 6, 2015
  • Workshop: December 7, 2015


  • Abigail Jacobs, University of Colorado
  • Kate Niehaus, Oxford University
  • Maithra Raghu, Cornell University
  • Ramya Ramakrishnan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Svitlana Volkova, Johns Hopkins University

Oxford Early-Careers Researchers Symposium – Event

yqpGMsJO_400x400The first ever “Early-Careers Researchers Symposium for Cybersecurity Research” in Oxford will be occuring on the 30th September 2015, and will be held in the Tony Hoare Room, Robert Hooke Building. The idea is to get students and postdocs into the same room, to learn what is going on across the university and present their new ideas in front of a friendly (but well-informed) audience.  There will even be prizes and lunch on offer.

There is also opportunity to present if you would like, as the aim is to showcase as many groups and departments as possible, whilst giving you a chance to test-drive your presentations before giving them at a conference or event.

The Current Agenda looks like this:
9:30-10:05 – Registration and Welcome
10:05-10:45 – Session 1: Security and the Social
10:45-11:30 – Panel 1: CyberSecurity – Hype or Real Threat?
11:30-11:45 – Coffee Break
11:45-12:30 – Session 2: Hardware and Software
12:30-13:30 – Lunch
13:30-14:30 – Session 3: Law, Politics and Policy
14:30-14:45 – Coffee Break
14:45-15:45 – Session 4: Comfort Zones and Jurisdictions
15:45-16:15 – Wrap up and Prizes

To reserve your spot or find out more, please email Katherine Fletcher
To view the full agenda – Click Here

Success Begins With a Good Story

How a compelling tale drives market leadership

One of the most overlooked “must haves” for entrepreneurial success is the need to have great stories.  A great story can do so much more to create market awareness than the usual list of features, benefits, claims, and marketing messages.  Great stories get heard, great stories get retold.  Great stories drive potential buyers to seek you out.  Great stories drive marketplace momentum, and momentum creates ever more momentum.

There is both an art and underlying science to crafting stories, especially a story that can break through market clutter, build visibility and excitement, and drive market leadership.  In this session, Richard Currier will present numerous case studies, detail the science, and show how to master the art of creating great stories.


Wolfson Seminar Room
Chemistry Research Laboratory (CRL)
Department of Chemistry
University of Oxford
12 Mansfield Road
Oxford,OX1 3TA

Register here to attend

LERU Study: Investing in Research, Innovation & Education pays off


In 2014 LERU commissioned an independent consultancy firm to undertake a study to quantify the combined economic value of the LERU members and, by extrapolating its results, to present an estimation of the economic contribution of research  universities in Europe.

It resulted in the now publicly available report The Economic Contribution of LERU Universities.  The report offers telling figures about and an insightful analysis of the economic contribution of LERU universities, and research universities in general, to the European economy. Although it focuses on the economic impact, the report also acknowledges the diverse ways in which universities contribute to society and how their activities bring about wider benefits.

How is the economic contribution measured?

The report focuses on quantifying the economic value generated by LERU universities, which is calculated using two widely accepted measures of economic impact: jobs and gross value added (GVA, a measure of the economic value of goods and services produced in a given area; it is the total value of output less the value of intermediate inputs). The base year for all data is 2014.

What are the main findings?

One of the key findings of this study is that LERU universities contributed a total economic value of €71.2 billion in GVA and 900,065 jobs across Europe in 2014.

Research relevant contributions to this total include:

  • knowledge transfer, enterprise and innovation activity: technology licensing, consultancy, contract and collaborative research, spin-outs and start-ups, research and science parks, workforce training and staff volunteering made a combined contribution of €21.9 billion in GVA and 298,489 jobs across Europe;
  • economic contribution of the research universities sector: by extrapolating the impact of LERU universities, the research universities sector was estimated to contribute over €300 billion GVA and to support 3.8 million jobs across Europe, representing 2.2% of all GVA and 1.8% of all employment in the EU;
  • for each €1 in GVA directly generated by the LERU universities, there was a total contribution of almost €6 to the European economy, and every job directly created by the LERU universities supported almost 6 jobs in the European economy.


More information

Contact details

Prof. Kurt Deketelaere, Secretary-General LERU: +32 499 80 89 99 / kurt.deketelaere@leru.org

Ms Alea López de San Román, Policy Officer LERU: +32 483 59 97 52 / alea.lopezdesanroman@leru.org