Diversity Workshop

The Diversity Workshop provides a forum for underrepresented students at the graduate and advanced undergraduate levels who have an interest in computer systems research. The workshop program will include technical talks, panel sessions, and interactive events offered and organized by leading researchers in academia and industry, covering topics about system research and general career development tips. The overall goal of the workshop is to strengthen the pipeline of underrepresented systems students, providing them with advice and networking opportunities that they might not otherwise receive.

Workshop Program

9:00     Academia or Industry
Lidong Zhou (Microsoft Research Asia), Diversity and inclusion in the workplace
Yiying Zhang (Purdue), Research in academia
Sujata Banerjee (VMware), Research in industry
   
10:00 Panel and Q&A
   
   
10:30 Break and Networking
   
   
11:00 Yao Yue (Twitter), Building High-Performance Cache for Fun and Profit
   
11:30 John Wilkes (Google), How to make an elevator speech
   
12:00 Breakout session: Practice making elevator speeches
   
   
12:30 Conference Lunch and Networking
   
   
14:00 Rebecca Isaacs (Twitter), How to read a paper
   
14:30 Sandhya Dwarkadas (URochester), Presentation advice
   
15:00 Liuba Shrira (Brandeis), Multiparty transactions in blockchain stores
   
15:30 Break and Networking
   
   
16:00 Recent graduates session
Ana Klimovic (Google and ETH Zurich), Interviewing for academia
Natacha Crooks (Cornell), Student/advisor relationships
Irene Zhang (Microsoft Research), Choosing a research topic
   
17:00 Recent graduates panel
Moderator: Ana Klimovic (Google and ETH Zurich)
Participants:
Amy Tai (VMware)
Irene Zhang (Microsoft Research)
Nandita Vijaykumar (CMU)
Natacha Crooks (Cornell)
Sebastian Angel (UPenn)
Sangeetha Abdu Jyothi (UC Irvine)
   
   
18:00 Conference dinner and networking