Workshop for Women in Hardware and Systems Security (WISE)

WISE is the first workshop that advocates for women in the field of hardware and systems security (HSS). This workshop, collocated with HOST 2017, is composed of three main themes: 1) experience sharing and visionary view from female role models, 2) discussing research/work/life challenges faced by female students in HSS, 3) exchanging research ideas and prompting potential collaborations. We encourage all women related to the field of HSS and those who are willing to support women in HSS to join this workshop and help grow female workforce in HSS.

Time: May 4, 2017, 2:20pm - 6:00pm

Location: The Ritz-Carlton, McLean, VA, USA [Co-located with HOST 2017]

Featured Speakers

Angie Messer
Angie Messer
Booz Allen
Jeremy Epstein
Jeremy Epstein
Xiaolin Lu
Xiaolin Lu
Farinaz Koushanfar
Farinaz Koushanfar
Lisa McIlrath
Lisa G. McIlrath

Workshop Program:

   The PDF version of the workshop program can be found here

14:20 – 14:30 INTRODUCTORY REMARKS: WISE Workshop 2017 General and Program Chairs
14:30 – 14:55 KEYNOTE I
Speaker: Angie Messer, Executive Vice President & Cyber Lead, Booz Allen Hamilton
14:55 – 15:20 KEYNOTE II
Speaker: Jeremy Epstein, Deputy Division Director, National Science Foundation
15:20 – 15:35 VISIONARY TALK I
Speaker: Xiaolin Lu, Fellow and Director of IoT Lab, Texas Instruments
15:35 – 15:50 VISIONARY TALK II
Speaker: Farinaz Koushanfar, Professor & Henry Booker Faculty Scholar of ECE, UCSD
15:50 – 16:05 VISIONARY TALK III
Speaker: Lisa McIlrath, Senior Security Technical Lead, Draper
16:05 – 17:05 PANEL
Topic: Women in Cybersecurity: Past, Present and Future
Panel Moderator: Farinaz Koushanfar, University of California San Diego

  • Jennie Kam, Security Researcher, Cisco Systems
  • Dana Dachman-Soled, Professor, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Leyla Nazhandali, Professor, Virginia Tech
  • Alpa Trivedi, Security Architect, Intel Corporation
  • Naghmeh Karimi, Professor, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Registration for poster session is now open
Two Best Poster awards will be announced after the poster session
Poster instructions:
Register your poster through the link here (choose WISE Workshop only or combine with your other registration options).
Poster size: 30" (width) x 42" (height) in portrait mode. Foam board, pushpins, tapes, and easels will be provided.
Send your poster (pdf, ppt, or pptx) to Prof. Qiaoyan Yu (qiaoyan.yu at by 04/24/17, 11:59pm, PST (**Hard Deadline**).

Organization Committee

  • General Co-chairs: Swarup Bhunia and Daniela Oliveira, University of Florida
  • Program Chair: Qiaoyan Yu, University of New Hampshire
  • Vice-program Chair: Fareena Saqib, Florida Institute of Technology
  • Industry Liaison: Mark Tehranipoor, University of Florida
  • Publicity Chair: Alpa Trivedi, Intel
  • Poster Session Chair: Chandni Bhowmik, Intel

Contact Information

Qiaoyan Yu, University of New Hampshire

E-mail: qiaoyan.yu at

Phone: +1 (603) 862-1546