Katharina Morik

Promoting and Managing Diversity

ECML PKDD wants to attract female scientists . Currently, we encounter a lack of attraction of our field to young women. We want women in responsibility, because they are more visible and signal that women are welcome. To this aim we have constructed a list of women in machine learning and data mining that is intended as a reminder which makes it easier for conference organizers to find possible female PC members. The list can be enhanced. If you want to be included, please, send CV, list of publications, list of reviewing activities so far to Katharina Morik.

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Katharina Morik

At the last ECML PKDD community meeting, some of us encountered that for the next years, no woman will be part of the steering committee and, at the same time, the steering committee has become more powerful than the community meeting. Why is this a problem?

  • We want to attract female scientists. Women in responsibility are more visible and signal that women are welcome.
  • Homogeneous buddy networks tend to forget aspects that might be of interest for female scientists. This is no negative intention but comes naturally. A woman in the group adds views and issues to the agenda.
  • We want to encourage young scientists. The confidence in young male scientists has pushed their career. This support should be given to young women as well. How can this problem be solved?
    1. Including at least one female member in the PC becomes part of the qualification for running the conference. High quality shows,e.g., Osmar Zaiane’s ICDM 2011, where the committee is half and half: http://icdm2011.cs.ualberta.ca/
    2. We can help finding qualified women, e.g., by maintaining a list of female researchers in Machine Learning and Data Mining.
    3. We might form a purely female proposal.
    4. We might send a representative to the steering committee who introduces female perspectives and encourages other women to participate in community affairs.

Elisa Fromont

My idea is that women are just less eager to gain more and more power than men are (there are exceptions in both sides). I do not think it is a drawback, it’s just (for me) a fact. For example, If I am reviewing for 2 or 3 conferences plus 2 journals in a year, I will decline an invitation to become a member of a journal board just because it’s it too much work for me to do it properly. Most of my male colleagues accept one thing after another without even considering the work load but just considering the increase of visibility and power. And it is a vicious (or virtuous depending on the position) circle: the more you accept, the more you are asked. … I really think that a scientifically good woman who wants to get involved in everything can do it (at least for ECML/PKDD) as a man can. She just has to start organizing tutorial, workshops, talking to people exactly as men do. But, in my opinion, most of the time they just do not want it.

Rosa Meo

There is one of such group (Women in Computer Science) also in Italy and we have this problem: to communicate to young people the creativity and the beauty of our work and how much we enjoy ourselves and we obtain results which are important and useful to people – one thing that women seem to prefer in the choice of their activity. I also agree with you that role models are important and facilitate the recruitment of new researchers in the field.

Silvia Chiappa

There is something wrong in the PC members selection process as there is not much diversity: nearly the same people are PC members of all major conferences in machine learning all the time. This is not fair and also not good for the reviewing process. How are these people selected? If we propose a list of female scientists, we may risk that only people in the list will be invited and therefore discriminate against female scientists not in the list, unless we ensure that everybody can in principle be included. I see only one way to achieve that, which will more in general enable a fairer selection of PC members. Each conference should have a system where people can subscribe, include their CV and express their interest in being a PC member for a year. Of course, minimum requirement (e.g. regarding publications) could be imposed. The selection of PC members should become a transparent process for the community.

Michele Sebag

First of all, a collective message saying that the reply to Katharina’s comments in Athens was despising “The less chair women in 2012 and 2013, the more they’ll want to participate in 2014 and thereafter” at least if it intended to be fun, we are not amused.

Letizia Tanca

Some of you may know the Informatics Europe association: http://www.informatics-europe.org/ which is the European association of computer science departments and research laboratories whose mission of the association is to foster the development of quality research and teaching in information and computer sciences. During one of our conferences http://kbs.cs.tu-berlin.de/ecss/index.html we organized a workshop on gender issues in Computer Science: http://kbs.cs.tu-berlin.de/ecss/workshop.html Moreover, we have produced a report on the image of the discipline among young people http://www.informatics-europe.org/images/documents/report_1.pdf which addresses some of the points. It was produced in 2008, thus many topics might not be totally up-to-date, but there are also some references to people who have written much more ponderous essays on related topics, including gender.

Fosca Giannotti

I add an extra point:

  1. Let’s produce a video in different languages or in english where we record our messages on why more girls or why diversity. I agree with the argument for diversity in computer science (or anywhere else) by Steve Jobs, but I would add another argument: ICT has changed and will change the society, now society will change ICT: this cannot be a matter of only one sex!

Carla Brodley

I agree that it is important for all of our younger colleagues to feel like they have role models who are in positions of leadership in our community — i.e., steering and program committees. Indeed, I believe that just as it is important to have diversity with respect to research area and country on any PC it is also important to have diversity with respect to gender. When I was general chair of ICML in 2004, through no intentional slight , Russ and Dale chose a senior PC with zero women. I asked them to put on at least 2 and gave them a list of names to choose from. They felt bad that they had not even noticed!!!

Dunja Mladenic

This is an official proposal to the steering committee:

  1. Including at least one representative of the underrepresented gender becomes part of the qualification for running the conference. It will be checked by the proposal chair. …
  2. In case that ECML PKDD Steering Committee is facing gender unbalance, the last active member of the underrepresented gender remains on the committee until a new representative of that gender is included via the regular procedure – program chairs of the last three years. Commonly agreed: not just the last representative in the steering c’tee but some engaged woman.

Women in Machine Learning and Data Mining

PC and Area Chairs or Reviewers

  • Annalisa Appice Dipartimento di Informatica, University Aldo Moro of Bari, Italy appice@di.uniba.it
  • Marta Arias Llenguatges i Sistemes Informàtics (LSI), Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya marias@lsi.upc.edu
  • Ira Assent Aarhus University, Denmark ira@cs.au.dk
  • Nathalie Aussenac-Gilles Knowledge Engineering, Cognition and Cooperatoulouse, Franceion, Institut de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse, France aussenac@irit.fr
  • Maria-Florina Balcan School of Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA ninamf@cc.gatech.edu
  • Elena Baralis Dipartimento di Automatica e Informatica, Politecnico di Torino, Italy elena.baralis@polito.it
  • Bettina Berendt Declarative Languages and Artificial Intelligence Group, Department of Computer Science, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven bettina.berendt@cs.kuleuven.be
  • Tanya Berger-Wolf Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Chicago, United States tanyabw@uic.edu
  • Gloria Bordogna National Research Council of Italy (CNR) gloria.bordogna@idpa.cnr.it
  • Paula Brito Statistics and Data Analysis at the Faculty of Economics (Group of Mathematics and Information Systems), University of Porto mpbrito@fep.up.pt
  • Carla Brodley Dept. of Computer Science, Tuft University, USA brodley@cs.tufts.edu
  • Tania Cerquitelli Dipartimento di Automatica e Informatica, Politecnico di Torino, Italy tania.cerquitelli@polito.it
  • Sylvia Chiappa Statistical Laboratory, Centre for Mathematical Sciences , Cambridge silvia@statslab.cam.ac.uk
  • Silvia Chiusano Database and Data Mining Group, Politecnico di Torino, Italy silvia.chiusano@polito.it
  • Maria Damiani Dipartamento di Informatica e Comunicazione, Università di Milano maria.damiani@unimi.it
  • Anne Denton Department of Computer Science and Operations Research, North Dakota State University anne.denton@ndsu.edu
  • Laura Dietz MPI Saarbruecken, Germany dietz@cs.umass.edu
  • Carlotta Domeniconi Department of Computer Science, George Mason University Fairfax, USA carlotta@cs.gmu.edu
  • Debora Donato Web Information Retrieval, working at Yahoo! research debora@yahoo-inc.com
  • Jennifer Dy Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Northeastern University, USA jdy@ece.neu.edu
  • Tina Eliassi-Rad Computer Science at Rutgers University, USA tina@eliassi.org
  • Floriana Esposito Dipartimento di Informatica, Universita’ di Bari, Italy esposito@di.uniba.it
  • Elisa Fromont Hubert-Curien Lab, University of Jean Monnet, France elisa.fromont@univ-st-etienne.fr
  • Gemma Garriga Helsinki University of Technology, Finland gemma.garriga@inria.fr
  • Lise Getoor University of Maryland, USA getoor@cs.umd.edu
  • Fosca Giannotti Knowledge Discovery and Delivery Lab, Italy fosca.giannotti@isti.cnr.it
  • Melanie Gnasa Fraunhofer IAIS, Germany melanie.gnasa@iais.fraunhofer.de
  • Sally Goldman Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Washington University, USA sg@cse.wustl.edu
  • Maria Halkidi Dept of Digital Systems, University of Pireaus, Greece mhalk@unipi.gr
  • Iris Hendrickx Linguistics Center of the University of Lisboa, Purtugal Iris@clul.ul.pt
  • Melanie Hilario Computer Science Department, University of Geneva, Switzerland Melanie.Hilario@cui.unige.ch
  • Susanne Hoche Department of Computer Science, University of Bristol, Uk hoche@cs.bris.ac.uk
  • Bettina Hoser University of Karlsruhe, Germany Hoser@iism.uni-karlsruhe.de
  • Veronique Hoste LT3 / University College Ghent, Belgium veronique.hoste@hogent.be
  • Nathalie Japkowicz School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Ottawa, Canada nat@site.uottawa.ca
  • Svetlana Kiritchenko NRC Institute for Information Technology, Ottawa, Canada svkir@site.uottawa.ca
  • Anna Koop University of Alberta, Canada anna@cs.ualberta.ca
  • Irena Koprinska Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, School of Information Technologies, University of Sydney, Australia Irena@it.usyd.edu.au
  • Georgia Koutrika IBM Almaden, San Jose, USA Koutrika@stanford.edu
  • Marzena Kryszkiewicz Institute of Computer Science, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland M.Kryszkiewicz@ii.pw.edu.pl
  • Anne Laurent LIRMM lab, Polytech’Montpellier – Univ. Montpellier 2, France laurent@lirmm.fr
  • Nada Lavrac Department of Knowledge Technologies, Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia nada.lavrac@ijs.si
  • Jessica Lin Department of Computer Science, George Mason University, USA jessica@cs.gmu.edu
  • Yan Liu Computer Science Department, Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California, USA tyanliu.cs@usc.edu
  • Ernestina Menasalvas Polytecnic University of Madrid emenasalvas@fi.upm.es
  • Rosa Meo Dipartimento di Informatica, Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy meo@di.unito.it
  • Lily Mihalkova Department of Computer Sciences, UT Austin, USA lilyanam@alumni.cs.utexas.edu
  • Natasa Milic-Frayling Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK natasamf@microsoft.com
  • Dunja Mladenič Jozef Stefan Institute Dunja.Mladenic@ijs.si
  • Marie-Francine Moens Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium sien.moens@cs.kuleuven.be
  • Katharina Morik TU Dortmund University, Germany katharina.morik@tu-dortmund.de
  • Vivi Nastase EML Research gGmbH, Germany Vivi.Nastase@h-its.org
  • Claire Nedellec Bibliome research group, Laboratoire Mathématique Informatique et Génome, French National Institute for Agricultural Research, France claire.nedellec@jouy.inra.fr
  • Irene Ntoutsi Department of Informatics, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat in Munich, Germany ntoutsi@dbs.ifi.lmu.de
  • Doina Precup School of Computer Science, McGill University Montreal, Quebec, Canada dprecup@cs.mcgill.ca
  • Ann Ratanamahatana Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of California, Riverside, USA ratana@cs.ucr.edu
  • Elisa Ricci Technologies of Vision Lab, Italy eliricci@fbk.eu
  • Celine Robardet National Institute of Applied Science Lyon, Université de Lyon, France Celine.Robardet@insa-lyon.fr
  • Celine Rouveirol Laboratoire d’Informatique de l’université Paris-Nord, France celine.rouveirol@lipn.univ-paris13.fr
  • Cynthia Rudin MIT Sloan School of Management, Cambridge rudin@mit.edu
  • Lorenza Saitta Dipartimento di Informatica, Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy lorenza.saitta@di.unito.it
  • Sunita Sarawagi Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay, India sunita@iitb.ac.in
  • Michèle Sebag University of Paris-Sud, France sebag@lri.fr
  • Myra Spiliopoulou Knowledge Management and Discovery group, University of Magdeburg, Germany
  • Silke.Reifgerste@iti.cs.uni-magdeburg.de
  • Letizia Tanca Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione, Politecnico di Milano, Italy tanca@elet.polimi.it
  • Maguelonne Teisseire TETIS Lab. Department of Information System and LIRMM Lab. Department of Computer Science, France teisseire@teledetection.fr
  • Evimaria Terzi IBM Almaden Research Center, USA eterzi@us.ibm.com
  • Jo-Anne Ting Computational Learning & Motor Control Lab, University of Southern California, USA jting@acm.org
  • Athina Vakali Department of Informatics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece avakali@csd.auth.gr
  • Paola Velardi Department of Computer Science, University of Roma “La Sapienza”, Italy velardi@di.uniroma1.it
  • Celine Vens DTAI research group, Department of Computer Science of the K.U.Leuven university in Leuven, Belgium celine.vens@cs.kuleuven.be
  • Herna Viktor Intelligent Decision and Data Analysis Lab (IdeAL), Canada hlviktor@site.uottawa.ca
  • Christel Vrain LIFO, Université d’Orléans, France Christel.Vrain@univ-orleans.fr
  • Bianca Zadrozny Instituto de Computação, Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF) bianca@ic.uff.br
  • Ying Zhao Department of Marketing, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Hong Kong mkyzhao@ust.hk

Additional Reviewers

  • Alessia Amelio Department of Electronics, Informatics and Systems University of Calabria (UNICAL), Italy aamelio@deis.unical.it
  • Josephine Antoniou Department of Computer Science, University of Cyprus, Greece josephin@ucy.ac.cy
  • Teresa M.A. Basile Dipartimento di Informatica, Università degli Studi di Bari, Italy basile@di.uniba.it
  • Brigitte Boden Data Management and Data Exploration Group, RWTH Aachen, Germany boden@informatik.rwth-aachen.de
  • Agnès Braud Image Sciences, Computer Sciences and Remote Sensing Laboratory, Louis Pasteur University, Strasbourg agnes.braud@unistra.fr
  • Giulia Bruno ITHACA – Information Technology for Humanitarian Assistance, Cooperation and Action, Torino, Italy giulia.bruno@polito.it
  • Anna Ciampi Department of Computer Science, University of Bari, Italy aciampi@di.uniba.it
  • Carmela Comito DEIS Department, University of Calabria, Italy ccomito@deis.unical.it
  • Claudia D’Amato Department of Computer Science, University of Bari, Italy claudia.damato@di.uniba.it
  • Nicoletta Del Buono Department of Mathematics, University of Bari, Italy delbuono@dm.uniba.it
  • Huyen Do Geneva Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Department of Computer Science, University of Geneva Huyen.Do@unige.ch
  • Ana Luisa Duboc Department of Systems Engineering and Computer Science, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil aduboc@cos.ufrj.br
  • Natalja Friesen Fraunhofer-Institut für Intelligente Analyse- und Informationssysteme IAIS, Germany natalja.friesen@iais.fraunhofer.de
  • Elena Ikonomovska Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia elena.ikonomovska@ijs.si
  • Anca Ivanescu Data Management and Data Exploration Group, RWTH Aachen, Germany ivanescu@informatik.rwth-aachen.de
  • Lili Jiang Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences jiangll@igsnrr.ac.cn
  • Maria Jose Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA mariejo@mit.edu
  • Anastasia Krithara Insititute of Informatics and Telecommunications (IIT), National Centre for Scientific Research “Demokritos”, Greece nkrithara@gmail.com
  • Siyi Liu Department of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Boston, USA sliu@cs.umb.edu
  • Ida Mele Departmtalyent of Computer and System Sciences “Antonio Ruberti”, “Sapienza” University of Rome, Italy mele@dis.uniroma1.it
  • Anna Monreale Department of Computer Science, University of Pisa, Italy annam@di.unipi.it
  • Aline Paes Department of Systems Engineering and Computer Science, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ampaes@cos.ufrj.br
  • Anja Pilz Fraunhofer IAIS, Germany anja.pilz@iais.fraunhofer.de
  • Adriana Prado INSA-Lyon, Laboratoire d’InfoRmatique en Images et Systemes d’information (LIRIS), France adriana.bechara-prado@insa-lyon.fr
  • Ariadna Quattoni LARCA Research Group, Dept. LSI, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain aquattoni@lsi.upc.edu
  • Alessandra Raffaetà Dipartimento di Scienze Ambientali, Informatica e Statistica, Universita Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italy raffaeta@dsi.unive.it
  • Maria Jose Ramírez-Quintana Departamento de Sistemas Informáticos y Computación (DSIC),Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV), Spain mramirez@dsic.upv.es
  • Izabela Szczech Institute of Computing Science, Poznan University of Technology, Poland iszczech@cs.put.poznan.pl
  • Alessia Visconti Dipartimento di Informatica, Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy visconti@di.unito.it

Authors

  • Andrienko, Natalia Fraunhofer IAIS, Germany natalia.andrienko@iais.fraunhofer.de

  • Barsky, Marina Data Mining group, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA mgbarsky@gmail.com

  • Campadelli, Paola Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Informazione, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy campadelli@dsi.unimi.it

  • Capponi, Cécile Department of Computer Science, U, Franceniversity Provence/Aix-Marseille I, France cecile.capponi@lif.univ-mrs.fr

  • Casiraghi, Elena Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Informazione, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy elena.casiraghi@unimi.it

  • Marchiori, Elena Section for Intelligent Systems, Institute for Computing and Information Science, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands elenam@cs.ru.nl

  • Montanés, Elena Artificial Intelligence Center, University of Oviedo, Spain elena@aic.uniovi.es

  • Neville, Jennifer Department of Computer Science and Statistics, Purdue University, USA neville@cs.purdue.edu

  • Ong, Rebecca Department of Computer Science, University of Pisa, Italy ong@di.unipi.it

  • Reali Costa, Anna Helena Laboratório de Técnicas Inteligentes (LTI), Depto. Eng. Computação e Sistemas Digitais (PCS), Escola Politécnica Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Brazil anna.reali@poli.usp.br

  • Zliobaitè, Indrè Department of Computational Intelligence, School of Design, Engineering & Computing, Bournemouth University, UK izliobaite@bournemouth.ac.uk

  • Andrienko, Natalia Fraunhofer IAIS, Germany natalia.andrienko@iais.fraunhofer.de

  • Barsky, Marina Data Mining group, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA mgbarsky@gmail.com

  • Campadelli, Paola Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Informazione, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy campadelli@dsi.unimi.it

  • Capponi, Cécile Department of Computer Science, U, Franceniversity Provence/Aix-Marseille I, France cecile.capponi@lif.univ-mrs.fr

  • Casiraghi, Elena Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Informazione, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy elena.casiraghi@unimi.it

  • Marchiori, Elena Section for Intelligent Systems, Institute for Computing and Information Science, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands elenam@cs.ru.nl

  • Montanés, Elena Artificial Intelligence Center, University of Oviedo, Spain elena@aic.uniovi.es

  • Neville, Jennifer Department of Computer Science and Statistics, Purdue University, USA neville@cs.purdue.edu

  • Ong, Rebecca Department of Computer Science, University of Pisa, Italy ong@di.unipi.it

  • Reali Costa, Anna Helena Laboratório de Técnicas Inteligentes (LTI), Depto. Eng. Computação e Sistemas Digitais (PCS), Escola Politécnica Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Brazil anna.reali@poli.usp.br

  • Zliobaitè, Indrè Department of Computational Intelligence, School of Design, Engineering & Computing, Bournemouth University, UK izliobaite@bournemouth.ac.uk