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Women in Computer Science (WiCS) @ UIC

Upcoming WiCS Lunch -- 3/15/2010

We will have guest speaker Prof. Justine Cassell from Northwestern University give a talk about her research followed by lunch and the opportunity to pick her brain and learn about her unique career path.
Place: SEO 1000
Date/Time: Monday, March 15th from 12pm-1pm
RSVP required!!! (Email Habiba at


Title: Social Practice: Identity and Culture in Embodied Conversational Agents

Speaker: Justine Cassell
Professor, Media Technology & Society,
Northwestern University,
Date & Time: Mon. March 15th, 11am
Venue: SEO 1000

In this talk I propose a particular sociocultural approach to the study of the so-called "social emotions" - intrinsically dyadic states such as rapport, friendship, intimacy, affection. I rely on this approach to describe the surface level observable verbal and nonverbal behaviors that function to evoke, deepen, reveal, and destroy these dyadic social emotions. I show how the social emotions do not always play a positive role in people's interactions. And then I describe how the relationship between observable behaviors and inferable underlying social states functions against a background of culture and history, and therefore plays a role in deploying, displaying, and demonstrating aspects of identity. Each step of this talk is demonstrated by experiments that involve human-human, and human-computer agent interaction. I include novel approaches to modeling and generating behaviors for human-agent interaction on the basis of the human-human corpora. And finally, lessons are drawn both for the study of human behavior, and the improved design of technologies capable of engaging in human-computer interaction over the long-term.

UIC WISE receives Google RISE Award -- 2/10/2010

The Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) organization at UIC (Veronica Arreola director) has received a 2010 Google RISE Award to support the activities of Women in Computer Science (WiCS) (student leader Anushka Anand and faculty advisor Prof. Tanya Berger-Wolf).

Google RISE (Roots in Science and Engineering) Awards are designed to promote and support science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and computer science (CS) education initiatives.
Keep an eye out for the great things to come supported by this award!
< Contact Anushka if you would like to get involved!>

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing 2009

GHC report + panel discussion on WiCS issues
on Friday . Oct 16th, 2009 from 4-4:30pm
in SEO 1000.

Check out the impressions of the GHC 2009 page where the 8 UIC CS students who went to the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing2009 share their experiences.

Also, for notes on the sessions of the conference visit:

WiCS Lunch 2009

Mark your calendars for the
2009 WiCS Lunch

on Tues. Oct 13th, 2009 from 1-2:30pm
in SEO 1000.

This is a gathering of all the women undergrads, grads and faculty in the CS dept. to share ideas, network, socialize and plan future collaborations like
gaming contests or outreach events. All that over free food! How great does that sound?! So don't miss out! For more informa tion, see:


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