Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference - Calgary


WiDS Calgary is a conference event coinciding with the annual Global Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference held at Stanford University (http://www.widsconference.org/) and an estimated 150+ locations worldwide. These events aim to inspire and educate data scientists worldwide, regardless of gender, and to support women in the field. 


WiDS Calgary at the Schulich School of Engineering provides opportunities to hear about the latest data science-related research and applications, connect with others, and celebrate the work of outstanding women in this dynamic field. It is sponsored by IEEE, Schulich School of Engineering, Faculty of Science and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Registration is free and all genders are invited to attend.





9:00 to 9:15

Welcome notes

Dr. Qiao Sun and Dr. Mozhdeh Shahbazi

University of Calgary

9:15 to 10:00

Geospatial big data analysis

Dr. Xin Wang

University of Calgary

10:00 to 10:45

Machine intelligence and biometric recognition

Dr. Marina Gavrilova

University of Calgary

10:45 to 11:00

Coffee break



11:00 to 11:45

IoT and Cloud Computing

Dr. Sarah Saeidi

University of Calgary

11:45 to 13:00




13:00 to 14:30

Career Panel (industry representative panelists)

14:30 to 15:10

Coffee break and interactive poster presentations

15:10 to 15:50

Technical Vision Talks (Sandford)



15: 50 to 16:00

Voting for best poster presentations

16:00 to 16:45

Integration of data sciences to undergraduate education

Dr. Mozhdeh Shahbazi

University of Calgary

16:45 to 17:00

Closing Remarks



Call for Posters

A poster session will be held in conjunction with Women in Data Science (WiDS) Event at the University of Calgary on March 4, 2019.

Female professionals and researchers from related science and engineering disciplines are welcome to submit their work for interactive (poster) presentation at the WiDS event. Interested participants shall send a short abstract (maximum 250 words) of their work to the conference committee via email at widscalgary@ucalgary.ca by February 22, 2019. Proposed abstracts may describe the participant’s work in progress or completed projects in any areas of data analytics. 

The Technical Committee will review the abstracts to assure quality and relevance. Authors will be notified of acceptance on February 25, 2019. Accepted abstracts will be collected as a booklet available to the event attendees, including industry representatives and potential employers.

Authors of accepted abstracts are also expected to

  • prepare and print a poster of size A1 (59.4 x 84.1 cm) in portrait orientation using the conference poster template (download the poster template from here),
  • be present in front of their poster during the poster session.

Best Poster Award

The conference committee will select the best three posters presented during the interactive poster session. The winners of the Best Poster Awards are announced during the closing ceremony of the WiDS Event and will receive $300$200and $100 bursaries.


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  Date and Time




  • 402 Collegiate Boulevard Northwest
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Canada T2N 4V8
  • Building: MacEwan
  • Room Number: MacEwan Hall B

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  • widscalgary@ucalgary.ca

  • Starts 31 January 2019 12:57 PM
  • Ends 01 March 2019 12:57 PM
  • All times are Canada/Mountain
  • No Admission Charge


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