WeAreTechWomen are commited to supporting our TechWomen100 Alumni, and once again, in partnership with Durham University, we are providing them with the opportunity to attend a complementary full day seminar.

In this interactive virtual workshop, there are four sessions designed to help you further your understanding on certain tech topics and get the most out of your career. Plus there is a chance to hear Professor Sue Black’s story and ask her questions!

The session topics include Sentiment Analysis, Bias in Artificial Intelligence and Making the Most Out of LinkedIn.

All the sessions draw on Durham’s world-class research and teaching. There will be an opportunity for discussion and questions, as well as some short individual exercises to help you to get the most out of the workshop.



10:00 – Intro to the day with Vanessa Vallely OBE, Managing Director, WeAreTheCity & WeAreTechWomen

10.05 – Welcome from Professor Gordon Love, Head of Department of Computer Science, Durham University

10.10 – ‘If I can do it, so can you’ plus Q&A with Professor Sue Black OBE, Award-Winning Computer Scientist, Technology Evangelist and Digital Skills Expert

10.40 – Break

10.50 – Session 1 – A world full of surprises: Bayesian theory of surprise to quantify degrees of uncertainty with Dr Nelly Bencomo

11.20 – Session 2 – Sentiment Analysis with Professor Alexandra Cristea

12.20 – Lunch & Networking

13:20 – Welcome back

13:25 – Session 3 – Maklng the most of Linkedin with Duncan McDonald

14:10 – Session 4 – The Bias and Ethics of AI with Dr Noura Al-Moubayed

14:55 – Wrap-Up

15:00 – End

Professor Sue Black OBE

A multi award winning Computer Scientist, Technology Evangelist and Digital Skills Expert, Professor Sue Black was awarded an OBE for “services to technology” in the 2016 Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. She is Professor of Computer Science and Technology Evangelist in the Department of Computer Science at Durham University, a UK government advisor, thought leader, Trustee at Comic Relief, social entrepreneur, writer and public speaker.

Professor Gordon Love

Professor Gordon Love is the Head of the Department of Computer Science at Durham University. He has overseen the tripling in size of the department over the last 5 years – both in terms of staff and students, and has really put an emphasis on gender diversity and promoting more women to come and study computer science and enter careers in tech. He is a physicist by background and his research is on optics and vision science.

Alexandra Cristea

Alexandra I. Cristea is Professor, Deputy Head, Director of Research and Head of the Artificial Intelligence in Human Systems research group in the Department of Computer Science at Durham University. She is Advisory Board Member at the Ustinov College, N8 CIR Digital Humanities team lead for Durham. She is Honorary Professor at the Computer Science Department, Warwick University.

Noura Al-Moubayed

Dr Al Moubayed is an Assistant Professor at the department of computer science in Durham University. Her main research interest is in explainable machine learning, natural language processing, and Bias in AI. She develops machine learning and deep learning solutions in the areas of healthcare, social signal processing, cyber-security, and Brain-Computer Interfaces. All of which involve high dimensional, noisy and imbalance data challenges. She leads on multiple projects in collaboration with different industrial partners with a team of over 10 researchers. I was ranked amongst the top 20 women in AI in the UK by RE•WORK 2019.

Duncan McDonald

Duncan McDonald is the Internships and Industry Manager for Durham University’s Computer Science department, managing relationships with a number of local and global firms to aid the recruitment of the University’s students and alumni. He has over 8 years of Business Development and Relationship Management experience within the HE sector and holds an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Sunderland, as well as a Post Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management from the University of Derby

Dr Nelly Bencomo

Dr Nelly Bencomo exploits the interdisciplinary aspects of software engineering, comprising both technical and human concerns while developing techniques for intelligent, autonomous and highly distributed systems. She is an Associate Professor in the CS Department at Durham University. Earlier, Nelly was a Senior Lecturer (equiv. Associate Professor) in the Computer Science Department at Aston University. From September 2020, she is also the PI of the EPSRC Twenty20Insight research project.

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