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1 Welcome to SOSP Women’s Workshop October 13-14, 2007 Carla Ellis, Duke

2 Goals of the Workshop Build a strong community of women researchers in systems Providing networking opportunities Encourage you to pursue systems research Illustrating the exciting opportunities & challenges Enhance your conference experience Offering content to allow better appreciation of the technical talks Developing skills to navigate the conference environment

3 Why a Women’s Workshop? This SOSP is the 20 th anniversary of the founding of the Systers electronic community. So this is a celebration! Under-representation of women & minorities is even worse in operating systems than overall in computer science & engineering

4 Why a Women’s Workshop? Specialty Areas: PhDs in 2005 and 2006 Total% Female% Underrep’d Artificial Intelligence / Robotics Database / Information Systems Graphics / Human Interface Hardware / Architecture Numerical Analysis / Scientific Computing Operating Systems / Networks Programming Languages / Compilers Software Engineering Theory / Algorithms Other / Unknown Total

5 Introducing the Speakers Dilma da Silva, IBM Cynthia Dwork, MSR Susan Eggers, UW Carla Ellis, Duke Rebecca Isaacs, MSR Kimberly Keeton, HP Labs Jinyang Li, NYU Barbara Liskov, MIT Margaret Martonosi, Princeton Sharon Perl, Google Liuba Shrira, Brandeis Yuanyuan Zhou, UIUC

6 Thanks to our Supporters

7 Navigating a Conference A conference is all about networking Networking: Systematically seeking out and becoming acquainted with people in the service of professional goals Makes you more effective and more productive by providing feedback, new ideas, and new collaborations. Makes you and your work better known. Does not substitute for quality work.

8 Before the Conference Prepare what you will talk about (write it down, practice)  “Elevator talk” (1-minute)  Why is it an interesting problem?  Why is it important?  Why is your solution unique?  Longer talk (3-minute)  Slant to different audiences (foreground/background)

9 Before the Conference (cont.) Who will be there that you want to meet? What do they look like?  Find a picture beforehand  Ask someone to point them out What do you want to talk to them about?  Read their papers, write down questions  Ask why/how they started project, where they got the problem  Integrate your work and interests into conversation

10 At the Conference Wear your badge visibly Speak! (Don’t just stand there) Use the dreaded microphone Have discussions with speakers after their presentation If you’re the speaker, hang around afterwards Talk to the person sitting next to you

11 At the Conference (cont.) Make lunch/dinner plans Participate in hall talk Attend social activities Get your friends/adviser to introduce you Get people you’ve just met to introduce you; introduce them Talk to people who come up to you

12 At the Conference (cont.) Make plans for FOLLOW UP  Write down the next step  Write down technical tips  Write down what you owe whom; what they owe you

13 At the Conference: Don’ts Don’t hang around with your friends Don’t interrupt heavy or private conversations Don’t be overly negative/critical Don’t hang on to a conversation too long Don’t put too much stock in a single, short conversation Don’t get discouraged

14 After the conference FOLLOW UP!!!!  Send them your related papers, Ask for theirs  Actually read them! Send them comments  Share software and workloads  Do joint work together  Invite them to give a talk (* put them up at your place)  Ask to give a talk there (* as appropriate)

15 Homework Assignments 1. Tonight: Prepare your elevator talk  3 sentence description of your interests: What is the topic/problem? Why is it interesting/important? What is your unique approach to a solution?  Tomorrow, you will be asked for it! 2. At end of workshop: Fill out the evaluation survey form. 3. Before SOSP begins: Identify a few conference attendees whom you will make an effort to meet.

16 My Story Ph.D. from University of Washington (1979) (parallel algorithms for search trees). Faculty positions at U. Oregon, U. Rochester, and Duke (finding better solutions to my 2-body problem each move). My research evolved from large-scale multiprocessor OS to small-scale mobile devices. Energy conservation / sustainable computing is recent focus. Seriously started building my network at SOSP  PCs, SIGOPS officer, TOCS EiC, CRA-W…

17 Acknowledgements & Thanks These networking slides have been handed down via Jan Cuny, Susan Eggers, John Davis, Mary Jean Harrold, Kathryn McKinley, and Susan Owicki. My many mentors (those who provided encouragement, advice, or opportunities at critical times in my career; mostly informal): Jean Loup Baer (advisor), Hank Levy, Barbara Liskov, Satya, Anita Borg, Jan Cuny, Mary Lou Soffa, Janie Irwin, Leah Jameson, Rachel Pottinger, Kelly Shaw, Duke’s Faculty Women’s Network.

18 Announcements Shuttles to/from overflow hotels What the “thank you” notes are for Photo release forms

19 Questions?


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