Welcome & opening remarks

Setareh Tasdighian

Founder and President, Women in Data Science Belgium

Christine Durinx

Managing Director,

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Jenny Ambukiyenyi Onya

Managing Partner and Head of AI Products & Operations,
Neotex.ai and Fit-For-Purpose Technologies

Malvina Nissim, Ph.D.

Professor of Computational Linguistics and Society, University of Groningen

Lotte van den Berg

Manager Trustworthy AI,
Deloitte Belgium

Short Talks
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Lissa Melis, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor Operations Research,
Maastricht University

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Phuong Le, Ph.D.

Lecturer and Researcher,
The School of Industrial Biology

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Lyse Naomi Wamba

PhD Researcher,
KU Leuven

Poster session

We have a limited number of poster spots available and invite academic participants to send us a 250 word abstract if they are interested in presenting their work.

Mentorship sessions

We offer engaging mentorship sessions by top voices in the data science field:

  • Breaking Barriers: Empowering Women in Data Science by Jessica Bulthé
  • Catalyzing Innovation: Navigating Academia’s Knowledge Transfer and Spin-off Opportunities by Julia Gauglitz
  • Learning to Learn: How to Keep Growing Your Skills Sustainably by Vanessa Rivera Quinones


8:30-9:30Welcome and registration
9:30-9:45Introduction to WiDS by Setareh Tasdighian
9:45-10:00Opening talk by Christine Durinx
10:00-10:45Keynote: “Revolutionizing Agri-Fintech with Halisi: Harnessing the Power of Human and Animal Facial Recognition” by Jenny Ambukiyenyi Onya
10:45-11:15Coffee break
_____________Short talks (15 min + 5 min Q&A)
11:15-11:35Disagreement among counterfactual explanations:
How transparency can be misleading by Lissa Melis
11:35-11:55Application of Machine Learning in higher education by Phuong Le
11:55-12:15Translating AI to the clinic by focusing on Explainability and Data privacy by Lyse Naomi Wamba
12:15-13:45Lunch break & mentorship sessions
13:45-14:30Keynote: “Women and Language Technology” by Malvina Nissim
14:30-15:30Session of lightning talks
15:30-16:15Coffee break and Poster session
16:15-17:00Keynote: “Responsible AI in practice” by Lotte van den Berg
17:00-17:15Closing word
17:15-18:30Networking reception

lightning talks

  • The use of (Generative) AI in journalism: AI-Driven headline generation at Mediahuis by Lisa Schetgen
  •  EXplainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI) by Saja tawalbeh
  • Developing user-focused BI dashboards for business adoption by Sophie De Waele
  • Variational AutoEncoder for synthetic insurance data by Charlotte Jamotton
  • Using Pseudonymised data in ML projects by Leila Rebbouh
  • Deep learning-powered deciphering of gene regulatory dynamics by Darina Abbaffyova
  • To QA or not to QA, the Test Engineer’s Crisis by Helena Parruitte
  • Building a Career Path for Women in AI and Data by Vanessa Rivera Quinones