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International Girls in ICT Day 2016 events

The Australian National University College of Engineering and Computer Science

Canberra, Australia, 2016, April 28​

Designed for girls in years 9-12, this program gives participants the chance to speak to current students, hear from women in the industry, and get involved in workshops and demonstrations.

It is a chance to educate, inspire and empower young women, celebrate women in the industry and raise awareness of the need for girls to step up to the fun and inventive field of ICT.

60 students attended from Canberra, New South Wales and Victoria.

Activities included:

  • Human Centred Computing Workshop - students participate in a number of activities that are accessible from our website and at the end generate a web page to share with friends and family. The activities use eye trackers to record physiological signals to infer humans' mental states, which is a key component of the activities. We conduct interdisciplinary research, combining computing, art, science, music, security, psychology, social network analysis, digital humanities and biologically inspired computing.
  • IMB OzLabs workshop - Interactive activity using playing cards that simulates key aspects of our work in the OzLabs team - working with computer architecture, optimising computational performance, and being involved in Open Source software. Premade components laser cut/3D printed into kits for the girls to assemble on the day - they should be able to take home small, light-up "Tux" penguins which they've built and customised themselves.

Showcase - hands-on displays to showcase the exciting work happening in the field of ICT

Topic: supercomputer programming

  • PhD Student – Richa Awasthy

Topic: Universities can facilitate economic growth by collaborating with industry for utilisation of scientific knowledge leading to socio-economic gains.

  • PhD Student – Chris Chow

Topic: Driving Simulator

Demonstration: Showing 3D reconstructions of insects from the Australian National Insect Collection. To display them, we use a form of Virtual Reality called 'haptics' that lets you touch the 3D virtual models.

  • Data 61 – Adele Scott

Topic: Demonstrations of how computer vision and video processing are being used in devices to restore sight to people with blindness

  • Data 61 – Gabriela Ferraro

Redaction demo: Redaction comprises removing or "blacking out" various parts of a document so as to obscure or remove sensitive information, whilst retaining non-confidential information.
Diggers Diaries Exploration tool: this project proposes a way of exploring and reading a text collection based on grouping pages according automatically distilled topics.

  • Data 61 – Ksenija Bestuzheva

Demonstration: The solar PV demo showcases an interesting suggestion for harnessing the electronics found in household solar PV installations, to provide a means to deal with voltage drops in networks.

  • Data 61 – Antonio Robles-Kelly

Demonstration : Thermal camera

  • Data 61 – Fatih Porikli

Topic: NICTA

TechLauncher talk – Information about the program at The Australian National University and how students can be involved

Student Panel – six current females students studying Engineering and Computer Science share their experiences and answer questions from the audience.