Women in Computing Systems

Co-located with the SRDS workshops we are please to announce the organisation of a half day event entitled: Women in Computing Systems.

Informally speaking, the objective of this event is to make young female students (undergrad students, master students, PhD students) to come and meet more senior female scientists (from Academia and Industry) such that they could project themselves and realize that they can do a successful career in computer science in general and in computing systems in particular.

This event will take place during the workshops day on the 1st October 2019.


We are delighted to announce two outstanding keynote speakers:

  1. Sihem Amer-Yahia

    LIG CNRS, France


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.


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.

  1. Isabelle Collet

    University of Geneva, Switzerland


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.


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.

Industrial Panel

An industrial panel will also be organized at this event.


  1. Sonia Ben Mokhtar

    CNRS, Lyon, France

  2. Sara Bouchenak

    INSA Lyon, France

  3. Lydia Chen

    TU Delft, Netherlands

  4. Anne-Cécile Orgerie

    IRISA-CNRS, France