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WiDS (Women in Data Science) UAE 2022 - May 21

By Susan Malaika posted Wed April 27, 2022 08:05 AM


Some Post-Event Comments:

From attendees:

  • It was my first time and I loved it. Looking forward to next events!
  • Hearty Congratulations Hind and the entire organizing team for this amazing success! It all adds up to the legacy of WiDS UAE .. Thank you for all the efforts ladies!

From speakers:

From WiDS ambassadors:  

  • Thank you all for such a wonderful event. Loved working with each and everyone of you and looking forward to many more successful WiDS events in the future.
  •  It was my pleasure to join this year the team as ambassador and to work with all of you. Really enjoyed the collaboration and team vibes and congratulations for the event!
  • There was a real buzz in the adjoining networking room, set up with tables and chairs and snacks/tea/coffee. And in the main room we had an attentive audience till the end. The academic keynote was awesome.
  • I was very happy to meet people f2f, especially my fellow ambassadors

A team of WiDS (Women in Data Science) Ambassadors and friends in the UAE will deliver a WiDS regional event in May 2022. The event will take place in-person on May 21, 2022 at Heriot Watt University in Dubai.- we look forward to seeing you there. The sessions will be live-streamed and recorded.

Please go ahead and register here :

Heriot-Watt University Dubai

Heriot Watt University, Knowledge Village Main Gate 2 - Al SufouhDubai Knowledge Park - Dubai

Knowledge Village Main Gate 2

Dubai, UAE

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Free Self-Parking is available for all the guests in the campus basement area

Below is an agenda overview: We are excited about the wonderful speakers. The agenda is still subject to change.

Morning Session


Topic – Hosts for the morning


Opening – Chair: Hind Zantout, Heriot Watt Dubai


Industry Keynote : Future of work - the role of AI in Talent Management space, Rahma Beaugrand, SAP


Panel: Exploring different career paths for women in Data Science   Chair: Anchal Bhalla, Capgemini

Dina Abdel Rahman, Du ,

Aruna Arumugam, Reprise Digital,

Sissy Chen, Swvl,
Nawel Mahmoudi, ValueGrid,
Satavisha Mukherjee, Wipro,
Maha Saade, Middlesex University Dubai


Q&A from audience




Lightning Talks 1 (5 X 5 min) – Chairs Salva Umar, RTA and Abeer Haroon, IBM

Women in data science: Breaking the glass ceiling, Anna Tarabasz, Curtin University Dubai

Bias and Fairness in AI, Sameh Benfredi, Emirates

Colour Extraction with Unsupervised Learning Algorithms to support Special Needs, Swati NIRUPAM, Heriot Watt,
An Emergency Service Facilities Site Selection: A Machine Learning-based Technique, Mariam Hassan Ali Eisa Althabahi, University of Sharjah
Intelligent process automation: RPA and AI, Fatima DakAlBab, University of Sharjah


Fireside Chat: The evolution of data science in the region Natalie Fuller , CAFU, Nadine Hajj  RTA  - Chair:, Sameh Benfredi, Emirates


Lunch Break


Lunch Break End

Afternoon Session


Academic Keynote: Deep Learning Techniques for Healthcare: Imaging, Medical Records, Genomics, and Robotic-Assisted Surgery, Aamna Mohammed Al Shehhi, Khalifa University


Short Talks: Data Science in Practice: Uncovering Similarities and Differences across Use Cases

Chairs Hind Zantout, Heriot Watt and Anca Bocanet, Higher Colleges of Technology

Graph Models for Smart, Integrated Transport Systems, Faten AbdulLatif, RTA

Recent Advances and Breakthroughs in Hyperspectral Single Image Super Resolution, Nour Osama Abdallah Aburaed, University of Dubai - MBRSC lab
Data-driven digital phenotyping: The i-PROGNOSIS case study, Sofia Alexandra Dias, Khalifa University 
An Open-Source approach to adopting Ethical AI, Naiyarah Hussain, Independent




Panel Taking Stock : Exploring Similarities and Differences across Diverse Data Science Applications

Panelists are the Short Talks Speakers




Lightning Talks 2 (5 X 5 min) – Chair Salva Umar, RTA

Combining Machine Learning with advanced sensors and Gamification for Stress Management, Anna-Maria Pappa, Khalifa University

Deep Reinforcement Learning for Data Dissemination Through UAV Networks, Lina Bariah, Khalifa University 
Customer Churn Analysis & Prediction, Mary Thankam, Heriot Watt,  
Anomaly detection in multidimensional IoT data, Nouran Shetta & , Nadeen Tarek, American University of Sharjah

Trustworthy AI: From Principles to Practices, Abeer Haroon, IBM


Lightning Talks Q&A from Audience


Closing – Chair: Hind Zantout, Heriot Watt Dubai




WiDS UAE 2021 is an independent event that is organized by WiDS Ambassadors listed below as part of the annual WiDS Worldwide conference organized by Stanford University and an estimated  200+ locations worldwide, which features outstanding women doing outstanding work in the field of data science. All genders
 are invited to attend all WiDS Worldwide conference events.

WiDS Ambassadors:

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You can see information about last year's WiDS UAE event here