Oxbridge Women in Computer Science Conference
07 Dec 2020, 09:00 GMT
Online conference


Grab this Opportunity

Minute Madness Submission

December 3, 2020

This is the perfect platform for you to talk about a project you’ve been working on no matter the scale - be it a 1B group project, your Part II dissertation, or your PhD project.
Each speaker will be given 60 seconds and 1 slide to present the essence of their project. 

To avoid technical difficulties on the day, we accept submissions as a pre-recorded video. This year there will be a prize for the best minute madness presentation, so grab the opportunity!


December 1, 2020

This conference is open to everyone in STEM, regardless of gender identity.
In addition to Registering using the linked Form, we encourage you to click going on the official Facebook event and invite your friends. 
We look forward to seeing you all there and hope you are as excited about it as we are.




Dr Hatice Gunes

Department of Computer Science and Technology,
University of Cambridge

Artificial Emotional Intelligence for Well-being

Designing artificially intelligent systems and interfaces with socio-emotional skills is a challenging task. Progress in industry and developments in academia provide us a positive outlook, however, the artificial emotional intelligence of the current technology is still limited. In this talk, I will present some of our research explorations in this area, including virtual reality based cognitive training with affective adaptation, and telepresence robot coach for mindfulness and well-being.


Gunshi Gupta

Deep Learning Researcher at Wayve

End-to-End Deep Learning for Autonomous Driving

The past couple of years have seen rising evidence of the scalability of deep-learning powered solutions, when they’re allowed to harness massive data and compute. In this talk, I will describe the 'fleet learning loop' at Wayve that allows us to deploy deep models learnt using demonstration data and discuss various challenges that arise in the scaling of this technology. I will also survey some recent feats from related companies in the mobility space.


Dr Helen Purchase

School of Computing Science,
University of Glasgow

Academic experiences that have excited me: a personal pot-pourri

I consider myself first and foremost an academic. I just happen to be female, and I just happen to work in Computing Science - what drives me is my role as a university academic, with all its highs and lows and in-betweens.

In this talk, I will reflect on a selection of academic experiences that have excited and driven me over almost 30 years of working in Higher Education. With a wide range of topics to choose from - outreach, technology, research, curricula, policy, teaching, leadership, administration - I have chosen to focus on four: educational technology, community outreach, research development, and students (in all their guises).

I have been fortunate to work with many inspiring and generous colleagues who have inspired me, and to have been offered several challenging and rewarding opportunities. In this talk I hope to give a flavour of my exciting academic journey so far.


Loretta He

VP at Morgan Stanley

No, I don’t mean my JIRA Epics

Everyone can be epic - gender and background should not matter. In order to achieve our career ambitions, we should be eager to learn new technology, pragmatic in problem solving, innovative in our approaches and confident in our own abilities. With over 10 years of working as a developer, I will share my thoughts and experiences as a software engineer.


Greta Yorsh

Jane Street

Feedback-Directed Optimization for OCaml

Compilers can use information about most frequently-executed code paths of a program to guide optimization decisions. This method is known as 

feedback-directed optimization and it can lead to significant improvements in the runtime performance of compiled
programs. The key challenge is to obtain accurate execution profile information.

In this talk, I will describe the approach we have taken when designing OCamlFDO, a tool for feedback-directed optimization of OCaml programs. I will compare it to existing approaches and explain how the design of OCamlFDO was influenced by practical needs to fit in with different build systems, developers' workflows, and the open-source compiler itself.



Don’t Miss Out

Welcome to Hopin

9:00 - 9:10

You can have a quick glance around the platform.

Welcome Speech

9:10 - 9:20

Main stage
A short introduction to the conference.

Keynote Speech 1

9:20 - 10:00

Main stage

Dr Hatice Gunes

Student Talks

10:00 - 10:30

Main stage

Coffee and Networking

10:30 - 10:50

Networking panel

Please grab your own hot beverage and join us for a round of networking!

Keynote Speech 2

10:50 - 11:30

Main stage
Gunshi Gupta

Poster talks

11:30 - 12:20

Main stage

A series short pre-recorded talks with a joint Q&A session afterwards.

Lunch Break


Sessions area

Network with fellow Computer Scientists over lunch.

One Minute Madness

13:10 - 13:20

Main stage
A pre-recorded Minute Madness competition with prizes!

Keynote Speech 3

13:20 - 14:00

Main stage

Dr Helen Purchase

Sponsor tech talk

14:00 - 15:00

Main stage

Jane Street

Careers fair

15:00 - 15:45

Expo area

Visit the sponsors' booths to get to know the companies and talk with recruiters.

Student talks

15:45 - 16:30

Main stage

Keynote Speech 4

16:30 - 17:10

Main stage

Loretta He

Panel Discussion

17:10 - 18:00

Main stage

Join the Panel Discussion table for some exciting conversations!

Closing Remarks

18:00 - 18:10

Main stage

Closing remarks and award ceremony


Conference Organisers


Erika Bondareva

University of Cambridge, co-chair


Marta Walentynowicz

University of Cambridge, co-chair


Lonie Sebagh

University of Oxford


Special thanks

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the last academic year's organisers, who have built a strong foundation for Oxbridge Women in Computer Science Conference 2020. Sadly, the conference had to be postponed from March 2020 due to the pandemic, but we hope that they are able to enjoy the results of our combined efforts!


Nicole Joseph

University of Cambridge

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Huiyuan Xie

University of Cambridge


Adina Neda

University of Cambridge


Scientific Committee


Jacob Deasy

AI Group

University of Cambridge

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost?

Thanks to our generous sponsors this event is FREE for all attendees.

What do I wear?

There is no set dress code for the conference.

I'm not a woman in Computer Science and/or I do not attend Oxford or Cambridge. Can I attend?

This event is open to all to attend regardless of discipline or gender. 
However, any submissions for presentations must be researched in collaboration with a Computer Science department.

My company is interested in sponsoring this event, who do I contact?

Please contact the conference organisers with your interest and we will provide you with the available sponsorship packages.


Get in Touch

We hope you're able to attend.

If you have questions about the registration process, our schedule or general information, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of the conference organisers at



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