Alice & Eve 2021

November 12, 2021 | Nijmegen - The Netherlands

Let's celebrate together the women in Computing.
Welcome to our free one-day workshop for women studying and working in Computing in the Netherlands.
Join us, and participate to our poster contest on the topic of your choice.

Call for Posters

Alice and Eve logo

Presentation

Alice & Eve 2021 is a workshop for celebrating women in computing in the Netherlands. It aims to bring together talents in the field of computing. The second edition of this workshop will be hosted on November 12, 2021 by Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Alice and Eve event is inspired by the BCS Lovelace Colloquium that started in 2008. For more details about the first edition of Alice & Eve in 2020, see here.

Registration

The event is free. We welcome everyone from bachelor students to full professors to participate and to attend the event.

If you would like to attend the workshop, please register here:

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Format

The event is held during a single day, and features:
  • keynote talks,
  • a poster contest, and
  • an exhibition on women in computing.

Exhibition

In addition to the keynote talks and the posters, there will be an exhibition which portrays twenty women in computing and their most important contributions.

Some highlights of the exhibition:

More information on these women, and many others, can be found at the exhibition.

News

  • April 2021
  • NEW DATE
  • Alice and Eve event has been postponed to November 12, 2021. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.
  • December 2020
  • Call for posters
  • The call for posters for Alice & Eve 2021 is open.

Call for Posters

  • Deadline abstract: Friday, October 15, 2021 at 23:59
  • Selected abstract notification: TBA

  • Alice & Eve event: November 12, 2021

All women students (Bachelor/Master/PhD) and postdocs of computing and related subjects [1] are invited to enter one of the poster contests during Alice & Eve 2021.

To enter the poster contest, you will have to write a 250 word abstract on the topic of your poster.

Your abstract can be on any computing topic you like, e.g., it can be on a topic from social networking to quantum computing; and from medical image processing to formal verification. If it involves computers, we’re interested. If you aren’t sure what a 250-word abstract looks like, we have some example abstracts here (from the British BCS Lovelace Colloquium).

You will receive instructions about your poster with the acceptance notification e-mail.

[1] We interpret “related subjects” very broadly – we would like to involve everybody in the area of computing in the broadest sense. If you are not sure, drop the organisers an email at www-aliceandeve@science.ru.nl and we will probably say “yes”.

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Poster Selection Committee

Venue

TRAVEL TO ALICE & EVE

Alice & Eve workshop venue is Theaterzaal C, located at Elinor Ostromgebouw building, Heyendaalseweg 141, 6525 AJ Nijmegen. No matter where you are coming from, it is easy to get to Alice & Eve by your own car, as well as public transportation.

Traveling by bus:

Alice & Eve workshop venue can be easily reached by bus with several direct bus routes from, for example, Nijmegen Central Station.

There are three bus stations close to the venue:

  • Nijmegen, Erasmusgebouw station: You need to walk around 3 minutes to get to the venue from the Erasmusgebouw station. The following bus lines have routes that pass this station, 10,11,12,15, SB58.
  • Nijmegen, Gymnasion station: The closest station (around 2 minutes walk) to the venue but less number of bus lines pass this station, 14.
  • Nijmegen, Huygensgebouw station: This is station is around 6 minutes walking distance from the venue, and the following lines have routes that pass this station, 300.
  • When you enter the bus you can check in at the OV chipkaart card reader located near the door. Once you leave the bus do not forget to checkout. In case you don't have an OV chipkaart you can buy a single-use one. The single use OV chipkaart can be purchased from the ticket machines in the train station or on-board (when you travel by bus), and since this type of card is topped up when you buy it, you can use it straight away to travel for one trip or 24 hours (unlimited travel for one day). Note that you have to check in and out with the disposable chipkaart otherwise it becomes invalid. Specifically, for traveling by train there is a NS Dutch Railways disposable ticket which carries a €1 surcharge over the standard fare. You also can charge your OV- chipkaart via several different methods, one of which is charging your card at a yellow loading dock located at any train station. There is a charging dock on campus as well, located in the hall of the Central Library. Please note that you will need a Maestro debit card to use it.

    Traveling by train:

    There are five train stations located in Nijmegen.

    • Nijmegen Central Station – Stationsplein 6, 6512 AB Nijmegen
    • Nijmegen Heyendaal – Prof. Bellefroidstraat 5, 6525 AG Nijmegen
    • Nijmegen Lent – Griftdijk Noord 4, 6663 AG Lent
    • Nijmegen Dukenburg – Zwanenveld 8401, 6538 TL Nijmegen
    • Nijmegen Goffert - Neerbosscheweg 338, 6534 BM, Nijmegen

    Central station is the largest one and the only station from which 'intercity trains' have a direct connection to other cities in the Netherlands. From the Nijmegen Central station, you can take buses to get to the workshop. The other four stations have train lines with ‘stop trains’ and 'springers' that stop at the smaller stations along the train route. The Nijmegen Heyendaal station is within walking distance (around 11 minutes) to the Alice & Eve venue.

    Many different combinations of motorways and provincial roads lead into Nijmegen.

    If you are coming from cities located west of the Nijmegen, you can follow:
    • A15, to Prins Mauritssingel/N325 in GE and take exit Knooppunt Ressen from A15. Please follow signs for N325 toward Nijmegen/Kleve. Then continue on N325 and drive to Heyendaalseweg in Nijmegen-Midden. You will reach the venue after making a U-turn at Willem Nuyenslaan.
    • A73. Then get on N322 in Afferden from Molenweg. Continue to Beuningen for 10.8 Km. Then continue on Neerbosscheweg, and take s100 and Burgemeester Daleslaan to Heyendaalseweg in Nijmegen-Midden, Nijmegen. Elinor Ostromgebouw building is on your right.
    • A326 to Wijchenseweg/N326 in Lindenholt, Nijmegen. Then continue on N326, and take Burgemeester Daleslaan and Houtlaan to Heyendaalseweg in Nijmegen-Midden. Elinor Ostromgebouw building is on your right.
    • If you are coming from cities located east of the Nijmegen, you can follow:
    • Sionsweg/s100 and turn right onto Heyendaalseweg. You will reach the Alice & Eve venue on your right.
    • If you are coming from cities located north of the Nijmegen, you can follow:
    • A325, merge to N325 to Sint Canisiussingel in Nijmegen-Centrum, Nijmegen. Then, take S106 to Heyendaalseweg in Nijmegen-Midden. If you make a U-turn at Willem Nuyenslaan, you will find the venue on your right.
    • If you are coming from cities located south of the Nijmegen, you can follow:
    • A73 to Jan J. Ludenlaan/N271 in Heumen. Take exit 3-Malden from A73. Then, yake Rijksweg/N844 to Heyendaalseweg in Nijmegen-Midden, Nijmegen. You will find the Alice & Eve venue, Elinor Ostromgebouw building on your right.

    There are 5 airports (Amsterdam Schiphol, Düsseldorf, Eindhoven, Weeze, and Dortmund) located near Nijmegen City. The nearest airport to Nijmegen is Weeze (NRN). However, there are better options for getting to Nijmegen. Dutch Railways (NS) operates a train from Schiphol Airport to Nijmegen hourly. Tickets cost €16 - €35 and the journey takes 1h 30m.

    IMPORTANT NOTE
    A limited number of stipends to cover the travelling costs are available to students and researchers who cannot afford to attend the workshop otherwise. Requests for stipends should be sent by e-mail to www-aliceandeve@science.ru.nl before 01 September, 2021. Please include a short CV and motivation letter in the request. Note that we will give priority to students from less well-off institutions from nearby countries. Stipend applicants will be informed about the outcome of their applications by 8 September, 2021.

    Program


    9.30 - 10.00 Welcome coffee
    10.00 - 10.15 Opening remarks
    10.15 - 10.45 Post-quantum hash-based signatures
    Christine van Vredendaal
    10.45 - 11.15 Coffee Break
    11.15 - 11.45 On gender, change, attention, imposter syndrome & technology
    Jasmina Omic
    11.45 - 12.15 Bias in Information Retrieval
    Emma Gerritse
    12.15 - 12.45 Opening of the exhibition
    12.45 - 14.00 Lunch and posters
    14.00 - 15.00 Presentations
    TBA
    15.00 - 15.30 Coffee Break
    15.30 - 16.00 Efficiency and agility: in secure hardware and in life!
    Nele Mentens
    16.00 - 16.15 Prize for posters
    16.15 - 17.00 AI & Me: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
    Panel discussion chaired by Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi
    17.00 Drinks

    Invited Speakers

    • Nele Mentens - Professor at Leiden Univeristy and KU Leuven
    • nele

      Bio: Nele Mentens is a professor at Leiden University in the Netherlands and KU Leuven in Belgium. She was a visiting researcher at Ruhr University Bochum in 2013 and at EPFL in 2017. Her research interests are in the field of configurable computing and hardware security. She was/is the PI in around 20 finished and ongoing research projects with national and international funding. She serves as a program committee member of renowned international conferences on security and hardware design, such as NDSS, USENIX Security Symposium, ACM CCS, Asiacrypt, CHES, ESORICS, DAC, DATE, FPL and ESSCIRC. She was the general co-chair of FPL'17 and the program chair of EWME'18, PROOFS'18, FPL'20, CARDIS'20 and RAW'21. She is (co-)author in over 100 publications in international journals, conferences and books. She received best paper awards and nominations at CHES'19, AsianHOST'17 and DATE'16. Nele serves as an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security and IEEE Circuits and Systems Magazine.

      Talk title: Efficiency and agility: in secure hardware and in life!
      Abstract: When embedded electronic systems need high performance or low power consumption, it is often unavoidable to move computationally intensive or power-hungry operations, such as cryptographic algorithms, from software to hardware. In this presentation, we highlight research challenges and directions in the field of cryptographic hardware design with a specific focus on cryptographic agility, i.e. the ability of cryptographic implementations to be updated depending on newly detected vulnerabilities, new standards, or the availability of more efficient implementations. Finally, this talk will also give a personal reflection on efficiency and agility in life.

    • Christine van Vredendaal - System and Architecture Engineer at NXP Semiconductors
    • christine

      Bio: Christine van Vredendaal was born on November 16th, 1989 in Breda. After completing the gymnasium at the Newman College in Breda, she enrolled in Eindhoven University of Technology in 2008 to study mathematics. During her time there she worked for the Public Relations team of the Mathematics and Computer Science department, served as Vice-chairman on the board of study association GEWIS and during her master thesis did an internship at Brightsight b.v. Her topic was Rank Estimation Methods in Side Channel Attacks. From June 2014 onwards she was a PhD Student in Dan Bernstein's Cryptographic Implementations group which work along side the Coding Theory and Cryptology group of the Mathematics and Computer Science department of the TU/e. She defended her thesis "Exploiting Mathematical Structures in Cryptography" with distinction in June 2018. Since August 2018 she has been working in the Innovation Center Crypto & Security at NXP Semiconductors in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

      Talk title: Post-quantum hash-based signatures
      Abstract: With the advent of a quantum computers, the cryptographic community is looking forward at post-quantum cryptography; cryptography that withstands a potential attack by quantum computers. Christine will in this talk first shortly introduce post-quantum cryptography. Then she will give some intuitions on one type of post-quantum cryptography: hash-based signatures. Why are they secure? How do they work on a high-level? What are their advantages and disadvantages compared to other post-quantum options?

    • Jasmina Omic - Product Manager Services at Riscure
    • jasmina

      Bio: Jasmina Omic has worked in the security field for over 14 years. In her current position as Riscure Product Manager Services, she is driving the security services, relaying on innovative approaches and high quality standards. Jasmina focuses on providing the best services and guidance for Riscure customers, based on 8 years of hands-on experience as a security analyst for IC and embedded devices, working under different certification schemes and testing approaches.

      Talk title: On gender, change, attention, imposter syndrome & technology
      Abstract: What kind of link exists between gender, imposter syndrome, change, attention, and technology? Let’s discover this together with Jasmina's personal journey through different fields of technology and science. We can start with electrical engineering (transistors and flip-flops), continue to discrete mathematics (eigen values, game theory and virus spread), and finally arrive at hacking chipsets with lasering the secret keys out.

    • Emma Gerritse - Ph.D. student at Radboud University
    • emma

      Bio: Emma Gerritse has a Bachelor’s degree in both Mathematics and Computer Science, and a Master’s degree in Data Science. Her topic of research is the usage of Graph Embeddings in Information retrieval. She is interested in how we can use graph embeddings in the most optimal way to benefit users, but also the unintended effects they might have. Currently, she is a Ph.D. student at Radboud University Nijmegen.

      Talk title: Bias in Information Retrieval
      Abstract: Search engines are an important part in the daily life of people with internet access. Recently, with the power of modern techniques like Neural Networks, search engines have improved greatly in performance. However, these black-box methods can introduce all kinds of unforeseen biases, like gender bias. In this talk, Emma will give an overview of several methods used in Information Retrieval, discuss the biases they have introduced and methods how to mitigate this.

    Our Sponsors

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    Organizing committee

    • Anna Guinet
    • Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

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