Women in Computing Systems & Engineering

Objective: Highlight concrete opportunities female have to carry on successful carrers in Computer Science and Engineering.

Attendees: Young female students, engineers and researchers, and senior female scientists and engineers, both from academia and industry.

Date & Place

October 1st, 2019
Campus la Doua - CNRS Délégation Rhône Auvergne. 2, avenue Albert Einstein, 69100 Villeurbanne


October 1, 2019
8:30 8:45 Registration
8:45 9:00 Opening
Lydia Chen, TU Delft
9:00 9:45 Keynote - Sihem Amer-Yahia, CNRS - LIG
"Fairness in Online Labor Markets"
9:45 10:15 Coffee/Tea break
10:15 11:00 Keynote - Isabelle Collet, University of Geneva
"Women in IT : Strategies of Inclusion"
11:00 12:15 Panel
Isabelle Collet, University of Geneva
Laura Bertolo, ASSYSTEM
Sihem Amer-Yahia, CNRS, LIG
Yvonne-Anne Pignolet, DFINITY
Marie Coiffard, CRDI - UGA (Moderator)
12:15 14:00 Lunch
Jeanne Bigot, Graines d'Egalité (Animation)


  1. Sihem Amer-Yahia

    LIG CNRS, France


Fairness in Online Labor Markets


Online labor markets are increasingly becoming a destination to hire people to perform some tasks. These marketplaces include freelancing platforms such as Qapa and MisterTemp' in France, and TaskRabbit and Fiverr in the USA. On those platforms, workers can find temporary jobs in the physical world such as moving furniture, or in the form of virtual micro-gigs such as helping with designing a website. I will discuss algorithmic fairness on those platforms and open questions related to that.


Sihem is a CNRS Research Director. Her interests are at the intersection of large-scale data management and social data exploration. Sihem held positions at QCRI, Yahoo! Research and at&t Labs. She served on the SIGMOD Executive Board and the VLDB Endowment. She is Editor-in-Chief of the VLDB Journal and associate editor of TDS. She served as PC chair for PVLDB 2018, WWW 2019 Workshops and SIGMOD 2020 Demonstrations.

  1. Isabelle Collet

    University of Geneva, Switzerland


Women in IT : Strategies of inclusion


Computers play a growing role in the evolution of our societies, but women have been largely under-represented in these professions for several decades. The figure of the geek is often used as a scapegoat in the sense that it carries the representations that would lead women to avoid the field. In reality, research shows a life long phenomenon of social censorship excluding girls and women from science and technology, especially computer science. Thanks to systemic good practices, some universities have obtained long-term success in reducing gender gap in computer science. The purpose of this intervention is to present two effective but different practices to think of the inclusion of women in the professional world of informatics as a change of culture and practices.


Isabelle Collet has first studied computer science. In 2005, she defend a Phd. in education at the University Paris Nanterre called "The masculinization of computer studies". She is now Senior lecturer in Education and Associate Researcher at the Institute of Gender Studies at the University of Geneva. She published in 2006 « Information Technologie has a sex ?" which received a prize from the French Academy of Moral and Political Sciences.

She is Director of the journal GEF: Gender in Education Training ( www.revuegef.org)

She is currently working on the issue of gender in science and technology, particularly on practices that favor the inclusion of minorities. She teaches gender equality and pedagogy of equality in the initial training of primary and secondary teachers in Geneva.


  1. Sonia Ben Mokhtar

    CNRS, Lyon, France

  2. Sara Bouchenak

    INSA Lyon, France

  3. Lydia Chen

    TU Delft, Netherlands

  4. Cécile Favre

    University Lyon 2, France

  5. Anne-Cécile Orgerie

    IRISA-CNRS, France

  6. Jeanne Bigot

    Graines d'Egalité, France

  7. Marie Coiffard

    CRDI - UGA, France