American University of Beirut

Agenda 7th Women in Data Science WiDS@AUB 2023

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​April 27-28, 2023

​Day 1 - April 27, 2023 | OSB Maamari Auditorium 


​Registration and Breakfast
Global WiDS Opening Video
​​8:30 - 9:00 AM
WiDS@AUB Welcome 
Lama Moussawi, PhD
WiDS @AUB Conference Chair​,​
WiDS @AUB Ambassador,
Associate Dean for Research,
Associate Professor, 
Olayan School of Business, American University of Beirut 
9:00 - 9:10 AM​
AUB Welcome

Fadlo R. Khuri, MD
President
American University of Beirut 
9:10 - 9:20 AM
OSB Welcome
Yusuf Sidani, PhD
Dean 
Suliman S. Olayan School of Business, American University of Beirut
9:20 - 9:30 AM
THE HUB & WiDS @AUB AGENDA OVERVIEW​

Mariette Awad, PhD
WiDS @AUB ambassador 
Director of AI, Data Scie​​​​​nce, and Computing Hub
Associate Professor
Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
American University of Beirut
9:3​​​0 - 9:40 AM


Track 1: Data Science for Disaster Planning 

Technical Talk
On Beyond Crisis Response: How the World Food Program Supply Chain  is Using Data and Analytics to Drive Impactful Change​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Priya Singh
Head of Evidence Generation
United Nations World Food Program
Rome, Latium, Italy
9:40 - 10:05 AM
Technical Talk
On Breaking Down Silos: The Interdisciplinary Power of Data Science in Disaster Resilience
​Hiba Baroud, PhD 
A. James and Alice B. Clark Foundation Faculty Fellow
Associate Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Associate Professor of Computer Science
Director of Graduate Recruiting for Civil Engineering
Vanderbilt School of Engineering
Vanderbilt University, TN, USA
10:05 - 10:30 AM

​​Technical Talk
On SKAI - Innovative Technical Framework for Damaging Assessment

Suzana Maranhão Moreno, PhD
Blockchain Technology Strategy and Portfolio Manager
Frontiers Technology

The UN Wo​​rld Food Program Innovation Accelerator
United Nations World Food Programme
Rome, Italy

10:55 - 11:20 AM
Technical Talk
On Using Data for Disaster Preparedness in the Pacific Typhoon Belt: A Case Study of the Philippines
​Joline Uichanco, PhD
Associate Professor of Technology and Operations
Director, PhD program 
Ross School of Business
University of Michigan, MI, USA
& Senior Research Scientist
Amazon​
10:55 - 11:20 AM
Technical Talk
On Incorporating Real-Time Data Analysis and Predictive Modeling into Crisis Management Plans for Amazon Logistics
Yessika Montiel
Senior Program Manager
Amazon
United Arab Emirates
11:20 - 11:45 AM
Break
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Track 2: Data Science for Public Policy 

Moderated by
Sana El Hajj
Lecturer, Finance
Founding member & Executive, Lebanese Private Sector Network
Suliman S. Olayan School of Business
American University of Beirut​
Track Preamble
Sana El Hajj
12:00 - 12:10 PM
Technical Talk
On Using Data Analytics to Support and Inform Economic and Financial Policies 
Rima Turk Ariss, PhD
Senior Economist
Strategy, Policy, and Review Department International Monetary Fund
Washington D.C., USA
12:10 - 12:35 PM​

Technical Talk
On Transforming the Public Sector with Technology and Artificial Intelligence​​​​​​​​
Carole Al Sharabaty, PhD
Founding Partner, Siren Analytics​
​12:35 - 1:00 PM
Lunch ​Break
1:00 - 2:00 PM​

Trac​k 3: Data Science for Smart Cities​

​Moderated by 
Sara Nejm, PhD
WiDS @AUB ambassador
Assistant Professor of Physics
Associate Director, AI Data Science and Computing Hub
Department of Physics
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
American University of Beirut​
Track Preamble
Sara Nejm, PhD
​2:00 - 2:10 PM​
Socio-hydrological Resilience in Mexico City
Elsa Arcaute, PhD
Professor of Complexity Science
Center for Advanced Spatial Analysis
University College London
London, United Kingdom 
2:10 - 2:35 PM
Technical Talk
On ​The Colouring Cities Research Programme- Developing a Global Network of Open Data Platforms on Building Stocks

Polly Hudson, PhD
Senior Research Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute 
Project Lead for Coloring Cities Research Program 
Coloring London
Expert on Data for risk in Crisis Management London
​​​​​​United Kingdom
2:35 - 3:00 PM
Technical Talk
On How Data Science is Transforming Urban Geophysics
Eileen Martin, PhD (virtual)
Assistant Professor
Department of Geophysics
Applied Math and Statistics Department
Hydrologic Science and Engineering Program
Colorado School of Mines
Golden CO, USA

Assistant Professor (on-leave)
Department of Mathematics
Program in Computational Modeling and Data Analytics
Department of Geosciences
Virginia Tech 
Blacksburg, VA, USA
3:00 - 3:25 PM​
Break
3:25 - 3:40 PM​

Trac​k 4: Data Science for Social Good​​

Track Preamble
Lama Moussawi​, PHD
3:00 - 3:45 PM​​
Putting Social Listening Data into Action: The Role of the Africa Infodemic Response Alliance (AIRA) in Fighting Infodemics in Africa
Elodie Ngoc-thy 
Coordinator, Africa Infodemic Response Alliance (AIRA)
WHO Regional Office for Africa

Yara El Moussaoui
Country Lead Support
Africa Infodemic Response Alliance (AIRA) WHO Regional Office for Africa
​3:45 - 4:10 PM​
How Can Data Science Revolutionize Humanitarian Crises Response
and Sustainable Human Development?​
Brigitte Khair-Mountain 
Senior Strategic Advisor, Entrepreneur, Policy Analyst
United Nations Senior Women Talent Group
Founder of Gigthree, Dubai 
Dubai, UAE ​
4:10 - 4:35 PM​
Leveraging Data Science to Inform Programs and Policy Design
​Angela Alzir Assy​ 
Labor Market Specialist
The World Bank, Beirut 

Samia Melhem 
Global lead on Digital Capabilities
Digital Development Global Practice
The World Bank
Washington D.C., USA 
​4:35 - 5:00 PM

Panel Discussion
Data Democratization in the Middle east and North Africa Economies:
Challenges and Opportunities  

Moderated by 
Maha Zouwayhed
Associate Director
Talal and Madiha Zein AUB Innovation Park (Zein AUB iPark)
Office of Information Technology
American University of Beirut

Panelists
Angela Alzir Assi, The World Bank 
Brigitte Khair-Mountain, Gigthree, Dubai
Carole Al Sharabaty, Founding Partner, Siren Analytics
​​Break
5:45 - 6:00 PM​

​Track 5: Data Science in Healthcare

Moderated by 
Ghada El-Hajj Fuleihan, MD, MPH, FRCP
Professor of Medicine
Founding Director
Calcium Metabolism and Osteoporosis Program
WHO CC for Metabolic Bone Disorders
Founding Director, Scholars in HeAlth Research Program
AUBMC, AUB
Bernard Lown Scholar
Department of Global Health and Population
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Boston, MA, USA
Track Preamble
Ghada El-Hajj Fuleihan, MD, MPH, FRCP​
​6:00 - 6:15 PM
Data Science in Crisis: Leveraging Data for Humanitarian Disaster Response
​Caroline Buckee, PhD (virtual)
Professor of Epidemiology
Associate Director, Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Harvard University, MA
MIT Tech Review’s 35 Innovators under 35
CNN top 10: Thinker and Foreign Policy Magazine’s Global Thinkers
6:15 - 6:40 PM
​Data Science for Cleaner Air: Leveraging Machine Learning and Causal Inference to Tackle Air Pollution and Climate Disasters
​Francesca Dominici, PhD (virtual)
Clarence James Gamble Professor of Biostatistics, Population and Data Science
Co-Director of the Data Science Initiative
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Harvard University, MA
6:40 - 7:05 PM​
​Closing Remarks 
Lama Moussawi
7:05 - 7:10 PM​

Day 2 - April 28, 2023 | OSB Maamari Auditorium

​9:30-10:30​ AM

Recruitment Information Session

Application and admission for the PhD program at University of Michigan

Target audience: Undergrad and Graduate students

​​J​oline Uichanco
10:30-11:00
Break ​  
​ Data Science Research Talks
CAMS-WIDS RESEARCH WORKSHOP​​​​​​
Moderated by
Lama ​​Moussawi & ​Sara Nejm​
11:00-11:40 ​AMResearch talk
On Who Contributes to Disaster Preparedness? Predicting Decision Making in Social Dilemmas of Disaster Resilience

Hiba Baroud, PhDA. James and Alice B. Clark Foundation Faculty Fellow
Associate Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Associate Professor of Computer Science
Director of Graduate Recruiting for Civil Engineering
Vanderbilt School of Engineering
Vanderbilt University, TN, ​USA

11:40 - 11:50 AM
Q&A  
11:50 AM - 12:00 PM
Break
12:00 - 12:40 PM
Research talk
On Overcoming the Profitability Problem of E-Commerce Retail Using Data-Driven Product Framing

Joline Uichanco, PhD 
Associate Professor of Technology and Operations
PhD Program Director
Michigan Ross School of Business
University of Michigan
Michigan, USA & Senior Research Scientist
Amazon

12:40 - 12:50 PMQ&A  
12:50 - 2:00 PMLunch Break ​
2:00 - 2:40 PMResearch talk
On Constructing Spatial Communities for Interventions​

Elsa Arcaute, PhD
Professor of Complexity Science
Center for Advanced Spatial Analysis
University College London
London, United Kingdom

2:40 - 2:50 PM
Q&A  
2:50 - 3:00 PM
Break  
3:00 - 3:40 PM
Research talk
On Data Science Approaches for Large-Scale Geophysical Data Including Earthquakes, Infrastructure Monitoring, and Climate Change

Eileen Martin, PhD (virtual)
Assistant Professor
Department of Geophysics
Applied Math and Statistics Department
Hydrologic Science and Engineering Program
Colorado School of Mines
Golden CO, USA

Assistant Professor (on-leave)
Department of Mathematics
Program in Computational Modeling and Data Analytics
Department of Geosciences
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA, USA

3:40 - 3:50 PMQ&A  
3:50 - 4:00 PM
Break
​4:00 - 4:40 PM
Research talk

Karianne Bergen, PhD (virtual)
Assistant Professor of Earth, Environmental, & Planetary Sciences
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Data Science Initiative
Department of Earth, Environmental, & Planetary Sciences
Brown University, RI, USA


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