WiDS Houston 2020

Date: October 23, 2020
Virtual Event, 1:00pm - 4:30pm
A big thank you to speakers & participants of WiDS Houston. Recordings of talks can be found here.









WiDS Houston is an independent event organized to coincide with the annual Global Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference held at Stanford University and an estimated 150+ locations worldwide. WiDS includes nearly 200 regional conferences in over 55 countries, an annual datathon and a podcast series. 

WiDS Houston features an afternoon of engaging speakers from industry and academia, a panel discussion, a student poster competition and a cocktail hour for networking. Topics will reflect activities from the major industries driving Houston such as energy, health care, biomedical research & aerospace.

All genders are invited to attend WiDS regional events, which features outstanding women doing outstanding work.


Co-location with 2020 RICE Data science conference:


WiDS Houston 2020 will be co-located with the 4th Ken Kennedy Institute Data Science Conference, which will be held virtually on October 26-28, 2020. 

This conference, hosted annually by Rice University, is for professionals and practitioners working in machine learning, deep learning, data mining, artificial intelligence, or big data problems broadly. The conference is a research, development, and innovation (RD&I) gathering, bringing together university and research labs (technology developers), key industry verticals (technology consumers), and IT industry (technology providers) that are looking at opportunities created by advances in AI, data analytics, machine learning and deep learning.
WiDS Houston 2020 registrants will receive a 20% discount off the Ken Kennedy Institute Data Science Conference registration.




Genevera Allen

Associate Professor, ECE, Statistics & CS, Founder & Faculty Director, D2K Lab, Rice University



Vicky Yao

Assistant Professor, Computer Science, Rice University



Natalie Berestovsky

Director of Data Science, Bill.com



Maria Guirguis

Senior Software Engineer, Microsoft



Rachel Shaffer

Data Science Analytics Team Lead, Chevron



Angela Wilkins

Executive Director, Ken Kennedy Institute, Rice University





UPDATE (Oct 22, 2020) - Due to a family emergency, Yan Xu from PROS will be unable to give her talk on "Dynamic Pricing in E-Commerce". Instead, we are happy to feature Vicky Yao as our second guest speaker.

    • 1:00pm - 1:15pm: WiDS 2020 Welcome
      Jo-Anne Ting, WiDS 2020 Ambassador & Lead Data Scientist, Arundo Analytics
    • 1:15pm - 1:30pm: Networking Breakouts I
    • 1:30pm - 2:00pm: Talk - "Interactive and Dynamic Visualizations for Convex Clustering"
      Genevera Allen, Associate Professor, Rice University
    • 2:00pm - 2:20pm: Student Lightning Talks
      • “Correlation Imputation in Single cell RNA-seq using Auxiliary Information and Ensemble Learning"
        Luqin Gan, Statistics, Rice University
      • “Semantic Segmentation of Satellite Images: Fire Scars in the Western Australian Desert”,
        Marina Zafiris, Mathematics & Statistics, University of Houston-Downtown [Poster]
      • “Identifying Biomarkers of Alzheimer's Disease via Integrated Principal Components Analysis”,
        Jaihee Choi, Statistics, Rice University [Slides]
    • 2:20pm - 2:45pm: Networking Breakouts II
    • 2:45pm - 3:15pm: Talk - "Integrative Network-based Approaches to Understand Disease"
      Vicky Yao, Assistant Professor, Rice University
    • 3:15pm - 4:15pm: Panel Discussion - "Value at Scale for Data Science: Moving Past Endless Proof-of-Concepts"
      Panelists:  Moderator: Jo-Anne Ting
    • 4:15pm - 4:30pm: Summary & Closing
      Jo-Anne Ting, WiDS 2020 Ambassador





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Please contact the WiDS Houston Ambassador at widshouston@arundo.com for more details about the agenda / sponsorship opportunities or with any questions you may have.