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.
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:
The event is held during a single day, and features:
- keynote talks,
- a poster contest, and
- an exhibition on women in computing.
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:
- Grace Hopper who created the world’s first workable compiler;
- Ada Lovelace who is known for her work on the design of the ‘Analytics Machine’, the first ever general-purpose computer, and the first published algorithm;
- Rosalind Picard and her work on Affective Computing which is a combination of Computer Science, Psychology, Physiology and Cognitive Sciences;
- Frances Brazier who helped establish the first Internet Service Provider (ISP) in the Netherlands and Europe.
More information on these women, and many others, can be found at the exhibition.
- 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  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.
 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 email@example.com and we will probably say “yes”.
Poster Selection Committee
More information about the location will be announced soon.
|9.30 - 10.00
|10.00 - 10.15
|10.15 - 10.45
Post-quantum hash-based signatures
Christine van Vredendaal
|10.45 - 11.15
|11.15 - 11.45
On gender, change, attention, imposter syndrome & technology
|11.45 - 12.15
Bias in Information Retrieval
|12.15 - 12.45
Opening of the exhibition
|12.45 - 14.00
Lunch and posters
|14.00 - 15.00
|15.00 - 15.30
|15.30 - 16.00
Efficiency and agility: in secure hardware and in life!
|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
- Nele Mentens -
Professor at Leiden Univeristy and KU Leuven
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
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
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
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.
- Anna Guinet
- Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
For questions regarding the workshop, please contact the organizers:
www-aliceandeve (at) science.ru.nl
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For more detail, please contact prof. Lejla Batina:
lejla (at) cs.ru.nl