1.1 Conference Overview
Women in Data Science(WiDS)forum organized by Prince Sultan University(PSU) in collaboration with Stanford University, aims to foster interest and professional participation by women in not only data science but also in engineering and computer science as a whole. PSUxStanford WiDS will bring together high profile international researchers and industry pioneers. Prince Sultan University (PSU) is the WiDS Ambassador, for Stanford and the forum aims to expose the latest data science research and practices in the Arab Middle East by promoting the exchange of ideas, encourage mentorship and interdisciplinary collaboration. The forum would connect regional researchers and practitioners to pioneering global data science networks.
PSU is the first university to address data science in the Kingdom in partnership with the Stanford Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering @ Stanford Guest speakers will include Arab and International female data scientists in Academia, Corporations, and Start-ups. This is a global event represented by PSU in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Significance of WiDS at Prince Sultan University
Promote a higher representation of women in data science.
Expose the latest data science research and practices in the Arab Middle East.
Exchange ideas, encourage mentorship and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Connect regional researchers and practitioners to pioneering global data science networks.
Data Science is an untapped market in the MENA region.
Data science is an interdisciplinary field transforming all industries and one of the hottest growing fields globally.
Women in the region have strong quantitative and analytical skills but need guidance and support to pursue careers in data science.
PSU is the first university to address data science in the Kingdom.
A partnership with the Stanford Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering @ Stanford.
A global event represented by PSU in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Arab MENA region.
1.2 Conference Committee
Executive Supervisor WiDS: Dr. Rimah Al Yahya, Vice Rector Prince Sultan University, Female Campus
WiDs Ambassador & Forum Chair: Dr. Tanzila Saba, Associate Chair Information Systems Department, College of Computer and Information Sciences ,Leader Machine Learning Research Group
Forum Co-Chair: Dr. Iman Al Momani, Associate Director RIC, Associate Chair Computer Science and Software Engineering Department, College of Computer and Information Sciences
Organizing Chair: Ms. Fatima Khan, Associate Director Evaluation and Academic Accreditation Center, Member Machine Learning Research Group
Dr. Heba Khoshaim, Vice Dean Admission and Registration,
Dr. Connie Mitchel, Vice Dean College of Humanities, Director Teaching and Learning Center
Dr. Emna Chikhaoui, Vice Dean College of Law
Dr. Rehana Parveen, Research Director College of Law
Dr. Dina El-Dakhs, Research Director College of Humanities
Dr. Buthayna Eilouti, Chairperson Architecture Department, College of Engineering
Dr. Rehab A. Aburas, Chairperson Interior Design Department, College of Engineering
Dr. Priyanka Agarwal, Chairperson Finance Department, College of Business Administration
Dr. Sheela Sundarasen, Chairperson Accounting Department, College of Business Administration
1.3 Community Partners