Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

Join us at the 2016 Grace Hopper Celebration
for Women in Computing Houston, TX and on social media with #GHC16

Tech Node: Data Science for Human Rights

A community discussion at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing 2016
Chaired by Elizabeth Roman (Thomson Reuters) and Meredith Lee (West Big Data Innovation Hub / UC Berkeley)

October 20, 1-3pm CDT | Houston, TX

Increasingly, the data science community is working to solve problems for social good. Efforts to apply data science to human rights causes, such as combating human trafficking, gender inequality, and disparity in healthcare, have the potential to impact millions of lives globally. This Tech Node provides an interactive opportunity for participants to share insights gained from working on projects that use data science to solve challenges in the field of human rights or social entrepreneurship. After hearing some examples of past projects from the facilitators, participants will get the chance to share their own experiences. Topics of discussion will include data accessibility, stakeholder alignment, civic engagement mechanisms such as hackathons, best practices, and lessons learned.

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About the Session Chairs:

Elizabeth Roman

Data Scientist, Thomson Reuters Labs

Elizabeth is a Data Scientist at Thomson Reuters Labs, created in 2014 with a mission to collaborate with customers on their biggest problems and rapidly prototype and validate solutions using data science, lean techniques, and academic and startup partnership. Her recent work at Thomson Reuters has centered on text and data mining for risk assessment. In January 2016, she helped plan and captained a project for HackTrafficking4Good, a hackathon focused on using data science to tackle human trafficking. Previously, she was a Staff Scientist in the Department of Speech, Language, and Multimedia Technologies at Raytheon BBN Technologies, where she worked on projects in natural language processing, machine learning, and software engineering. She holds an SB in Computer Science and Engineering from MIT.

Meredith M. Lee

Executive Director, West Big Data Innovation Hub

Meredith is the Executive Director of the West Big Data Innovation Hub, a consortium launched by the National Science Foundation to address societal challenges with Big Data innovation. Dr. Lee previously served as a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA), guiding strategic research in graph analytics, risk assessment, machine learning, data visualization, and distributed computing. She co-led the White House Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery Initiative as well as the Ideation Community of Practice, a network of Federal innovators from more than 25 agencies. Meredith completed her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University and was a postdoctoral researcher at the Canary Center for Cancer Early Detection. She was previously at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Intel, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, and Agilent Laboratories. Dr. Lee is a co-founder of, past president of the Stanford Optical Society of America/SPIE, and served on the first Steering Committee for the National Photonics Initiative. Her work has been featured by, Make:, ArsTechnica, The Washington Post, Forbes, and Fast Company.


  • Introductions & Examples : Gender in Film Dialogue, Police Data Initiative, Combating Human Trafficking
  • Small Group Breakouts: Round Robin
  • Small Group Breakouts: Facilitated Discussion
  • Breakout Highlights & Wrap-Up

WBDIH Executive Director Meredith Lee will also be chairing a 10:30am session earlier in the day
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Doing Good with Data: Human-Centered Data Science For Social Good
October 20, 2016
10:30 am - 11:30 am
GRB General Assembly A

Erin Akred, Data Scientist
and Head of DataKind Labs, DataKind

Sara Crowe, Data Coordinator, Polaris

Katy Dickinson, Founder, Mentoring Standard

Jessica Dickinson Goodman, Founder, and Staff, California Department of Justice

Moderator Christine T. Wolf, UC Irvine and IBM Research

Session Chair Meredith Lee, Executive Director,
West Big Data Innovation Hub