April 19-20, 2013, Albany, NY

NYCWiC 2013, the 2nd New York Celebration of Women in Computing (NYCWiC) will be held April 19 - 20, 2013 at the Desmond Albany Hotel and Conference Center located near Albany, NY. Attendees will be women in industry and academia from all over New York State. NYCWiC inspires and encourages women to complete their studies in computing by exploring careers and meeting women leaders from business, industry and academia.

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Featured Speakers

Wendi Heinzelman, Ph.D.
Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringUniversity of Rochester 

"Realizing the Potential of Wireless Sensor Networks for Connecting the Physical and Virtual Worlds"

"Wireless sensor networks have paved the way for a new era in ubiquitous computing, where information can be sensed, accessed, and distributed over a range of environments with minimal or no human interaction. Applications of wireless sensor networks range from military to commercial applications such as border security and surveillance, personal health monitoring, environmental monitoring, and structural monitoring. These networks, which connect the physical world with the digital world, provide us with a richer understanding of our environment and with the ability to more accurately control our surroundings.  However, there are many challenges that must be addressed before the full potential of these networks is realized.  In this talk, I will provide an overview of this exciting field of research, describing the history of research in wireless sensor networks and the current state-of-the-art.  I will also discuss some of our recent research on protocol and architectural advances to ensure network longevity in the face of the limited bandwidth, processing power and energy resources of the sensor nodes, and I will describe some of the open research questions that will provide ample opportunities for innovation in this field in the years to come."

Dr. Heinzelman is a full professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at theUniversity of Rochester. She holds a secondary appointment in the Computer Science Department at Rochester. She is also currently the Dean of Graduate Studies for Arts, Sciences & Engineering. During spring 2008, Dr. Heinzelman was a Visiting Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. She received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in 1995 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 1997 and 2000, respectively. Dr. Heinzelman's current research interests lie in the area of wireless communications and networking, mobile computing, and multimedia communication. She is a member of N^2 Women and SWE, and a Senior Member of the IEEE, the IEEE Communications Society, the IEEE Signal Processing Socieity, and ACM Sigmobile.


Lorraine Herger
Director of Integrated Solutions and CIO, IBM Research, Yorktown Heights, NY

"Working in a Global Environment: The Global Technology Outlook and Experiences in the Corporate Service Corps" 

Since 1982, IBM Research has engaged clients, analysts, academics, business partners and business leaders to explore significant technology trends. The result of this year-long process is the Global Technology Outlook (GTO).  The GTO describes and evaluates the next emerging technologies, focusing on both the technology and the business opportunities and societal implications of each trend being analyzed.  The GTO plays a significant role in establishing IBM's technical strategy. 

Notable in the 2013 GTO is the observation that the confluence of mobile, social, cloud, big data, and analytics, each an important trend considered individually, are acting cooperatively in their growing influence on technology trends across the IT industry. The six topics, which will be summarized and covered in this talk are:

  • Mobile First
  • Scalable Services Ecosystems
  • Software Defined Environments
  • Multimedia and Visual Analytics
  • Contextual Enterprise
  • Personalized Education

IBM has a long history of corporate responsibility and engagement with its communities.  In 2008 IBM launched the Corporate Service Corps in order to apply its technology and expertise to societal problems.  Since 2008, 2000 IBMers have served in the CSC in 30 countries.  Lorraine recently returned from an engagement in Pune, India, which focused on the theme of ‘Smarter Cities’  to assist the city of Pune with developing a roadmap for improving the quality of life for its citizens.  In the second part of the presentation, Lorraine will talk about the Pune Smarter Cities Challenge, and working in a global environment.

Lorraine Herger is the Director of Integrated Solutions and CIO of IBM Research in Yorktown Heights, NY.  In this role, Lorraine is the service provider for the IBM Research Division.  Lorraine holds a BSEE from University of Maryland; BA, Columbia University and MBA, Stern School of Business, NYU.  Ms. Herger is currently the VP of the SWE-NY Professional Chapter, and a Senior Member of the IEEE.

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