Machine Learning: Theory, Applications, Experiences

A Workshop for Women in Machine Learning

October 4, 2006
San Diego, CA

Post-Workshop Updates!

Thanks to an incredible amount of support and enthusiasm, the second Workshop for Women in Machine Learning has been scheduled for 2007. See you in Orlando on October 17!

For more information on WiML 2007, go to

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Machine learning is one of the fastest growing areas of computer science research. Search engines, face recognition, DNA sequence analysis, speech and handwriting recognition, credit card fraud detection, premature baby monitoring and autonomous locomotion are just some of the applications in which machine learning is routinely used.

Despite the variety of machine learning techniques and applications, the percentage of female researchers is lower than in many other areas of computer science. Most women working in machine learning rarely get the chance to interact with other female researchers, making it easy to feel isolated and hard to find role models.

This one day workshop was designed to give female faculty, research scientists, and graduate students in the machine learning community an opportunity to meet, exchange ideas and learn from each other, while providing women in other areas of computer science an opportunity to learn about cutting-edge research in a growing field.

Schedule and Program Information

The workshop will consist of invited talks by established female researchers, shorter research talks by female Ph.D. students, a poster session showcasing student research, and an open discussion. A schedule is available here.

The full program including abstracts of all talks and posters is now available in PDF format. Some of the slides from invited talks, student talks and student spotlights are also available online, as are some posters.


The workshop will be held on October 4, 2006 at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center in San Diego, California. Additionally there will be a dinner for workshop participants on the evening of October 3.

The workshop is co-located with the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, but please note that the events are independent. Registration for Grace Hopper is not required to attend the workshop, and you should register for the workshop even if you have already registered for Grace Hopper.

Student Travel Scholarships

Thanks to our sponsors, we are able to offer a limited number of travel scholarships for students attending the workshop. However, due to the overwhelming number of student abstract submissions we've received, we are currently only able to offer scholarships to students who have submitted. If further funding becomes available, information on how to apply will be posted here.

The scholarships we have to offer at this time will be available only to women attending universities in the United States. We encourage women studying in Europe to apply for the scholarships that PASCAL has offered for workshop participants.


Organizers: Hanna Wallach, Jenn Wortman, and Lisa Wainer.

Faculty advisor: Amy Greenwald.


Thanks to our generous sponsors.