High-Tech Women 2020

From Cybersecurity to Artificial Intelligence

Organized by CYSEC, sponsored by Crossing and the Technology Innovation Institute, the first Darmstadt Women in Tech event took place on March 4, 2020.

This event was dedicated to the memory of codebreaker Jane Fawcett (4 March 1921 – 21 May 2016).

In memory of Jane Fawcett, the last year’s event took place on March 4, her date of birth. Jane Fawcett worked at Bletchley Park during World War II, where she deciphered a message that led directly to the sinking of a German warship, and thus directly to a victory in battle. Although she later said “what we did at Bletchley was the most significant thing we ever did in our lives”, she never spoke about her significant role in cryptanalysis until the 1990s.

We want to encourage women in tech to show off their work and talk about their successes in order to motivate young women to do the same.


Dr. Najwa Aaraj, Technology Innovation Institute, Chief Research Officer

Stuti Agrawal, Merck, Data Scientist

Prof. Lejla Batina, Radboud University

Dr. Hannah Bürckstümmer, Merck,
Innovation Program Manager

Dr. Ileana Buhan, Riscure, Product Manager

Prof. Alexandra Dmitrienko, University of Würzburg

Dr. Astrid Elbe, Intel, Managing Director Intel Labs Europe

Eleonora Lippolis, Merck, Data Scientist

Prof. Nele Mentens, KU Leuven

Dr. Azalia Mirhoseini, Google Brain, Senior Scientist

Prof. Fareena Saqib, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Dr. Johanna Sepúlveda, Airbus Defence and Space, Senior Scientist Secure Communication

Dr. Xuebing Zhou, Huawei, Director, Privacy Technologies

Ph.D. Students

Ghada Dessouky, TU Darmstadt

Lisa Eckey, TU Darmstadt

Maaike Heijdenrijk, Radboud University

Vera Rimmer, KU Leuven

Thea Riebe, TU Darmstadt


Wednesday, March 4, 2020
8:00 – 9:00Registration & Coffee
9:00 – 9:15Welcome
9:15 – 9:40Fix the leak: Side-Channel Protection for SGX using Data Location Randomization
Alexandra Dmitrienko
Slides Video
9:40 – 10:05Privacy and AI: Contradiction or Symbiosis?
Xuebing Zhou
Slides Video
10:05 – 10:30Learning when to stop: in life and when training deep networks
Ileana Buhan
Slides Video
10:30 – 11:00Coffee break
11:00 – 11:25IoT security challenges: embedded encryption and machine learning technologies
Najwa Aaraj
11:25 – 12:05A data scientist’s journey: a personal account of what we have learnt
Stuti Agrawal and Eleonora Lippolis
12:05 – 12:30Secure Communication in the Quantum Era
Johanna Sepúlveda
12:30 – 13:30Lunch
13:30 – 13:55Secure Boot Process for FPGAs
Fareena Saqib
Slides Video
13:55 – 14:20The chip, Mia and the table
Lejla Batina
Slides Video
14:20 – 14:45Neuromorphic Systems @ Merck Innovation Center
Hannah Bürckstümmer
Slides Video
14:45 – 15:45Student panel discussion
Moderator: Juliane Krämer
15:45 – 16:30Coffee break
16:30 – 16:55Efficiency and agility: in secure hardware and in life!
Nele Mentens
Slides Video
16:55 – 17:20How I became Intel Labs Europe Research Director: A story how unpredictable a career is
Astrid Elbe
17:20 – 17:45Machine Learning for Systems
Azalia Mirhoseini
17:45 – 19:00Panel discussion: “Emerging Technologies: Opportunities and Risks”
Moderator: Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi
Panelists: Astrid Elbe, Hannah Bürckstümmer, Fareena Saqib, Johanna Sepúlveda

You will find all informations about the High-Tech Women event on March 4, 2020 here.

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