The Second Workshop for Women in Hardware and Systems Security (WISE)

It is our great pleasure to announce the 2nd HOST co-located workshop for Women in Hardware and Systems Security (WISE). The purpose of this half-day workshop is to attract more women to join the field of hardware and systems security (HSS) and provide a forum for the women in HSS to support each other. Considering the number of women entering the engineering profession is decreasing annually, it is critical to understand and encourage the young female students to choose engineering profession and participate in research activities.

The workshop will be composed of four 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 collaborations via oral and poster presentation,
    • Proposals are limited to 1-page in length.
    • The proposal must include presenter name, affiliation, poster title, a paragraph describing the scope of the research project, and indicate whether the presenter prefers the optional oral presentation and hardware demo.
    • Each proposal must be uploaded to EasyChair by April 13, 2018, 11:59p.m. (PST). Please select the option Workshop for Women in Hardware and Systems Security (WISE) Poster.
    >> Click here to read more about the proposal guidelines <<
  4. offering a job fair for female students who look for an internship or full time job.

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 3, 2018

Location: The Ritz-Carlton, McLean, VA, USA [Co-located with HOST 2018]

Featured Speakers

Stacey Dixon
Stacey Dixon
Deputy Director, IARPA
Sandip Kundu
Sandip Kundu
Program Directot - NSF
Edna Conway
Edna Conway
Chief Security Officer - Cisco
Hai (Helen) Li
Hai (Helen) Li
Duke University

Workshop Program:

13:00 – 13:10 INTRODUCTORY REMARKS WISE Workshop 2018 General and Program Chairs
13:10 – 14:05 KEYNOTES
13:10 – 13:40 KEYNOTE I
Speaker: Stacey Dixon, Deputy Director, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA)
Title: The Power of Women
Moderator: Divya Arora, Intel
13:40 – 14:05 KEYNOTE II
Speaker: Sandip Kundu, Program Director, National Science Foundation
Title: NSF programs and resources for women in computer hardware
Moderator: Qiaoyan Yu, University of New Hampshire
Speaker: Edna Conway, Chief Security Officer, Cisco
Interviewer: Mark Tehranipoor, University of Florida
Moderator: Fareena Saqib, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
14:35 – 14:55 VISIONARY TALKS
14:35 – 14:55 VISIONARY TALK I
Speaker: Hai (Helen) Li, Associate Professor, Duke University
Title: Security Challenges in Cognitive Systems
Moderator: Jaya Dofe, University of new hampshire
14:55 – 15:35 WISE STUDENT PANEL
Topic: Security and Hardware: What it takes to make them cool to students?
Panel Moderator: Melanie Berg, NASA

  • Farimah Farahmandi, PhD Candidate, University of Florida
  • Anastasiya Chapko, Undergraduate student, University of Cincinnati
  • Bahar Tehranipoor, High school student, Buchholz High School, FL
Three Best Student Poster awards will be announced at 18:00

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 40" (height) in portrait mode. Foam board, pushpins, tapes, and easels will be provided.
Topic: Cybersecurity Career for Women: the Present, the Future, and Our Collective Roles
Panel Moderator: Farinaz Koushanfar, University of California San Diego

  • Chengmo Yang, Associate Professor, University of Delaware
  • Viji Raveendran, Sr. Director, Qualcomm
  • Jennifer Dworak, Associate Professor, Southern Methodist University
  • Rashmi Jha, Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati
  • Rachel Bainbridge, Lead Digital/Microprocessor Hardware Engineer, MITRE

Organization Committee

  • General Co-chair: Swarup Bhunia, University of Florida
  • General Co-chair: ​Divya Arora, Intel
  • Program Chair: Qiaoyan Yu, University of New Hampshire
  • Vice-program Chair: Fareena Saqib, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Industry Liaison: Lisa G. Mcllrath, Draper
  • Publicity Chair: Fatemeh Tehranipoor, San Francisco State University
  • Poster Session Co-chair: Anna Trikalinou, Intel
  • Poster Session Co-chair: Naghmeh Karimi, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

WISE 2018 Sponsors

Student travel awards/ Best poster awards are sponsored by:

Contact Information

Qiaoyan Yu, University of New Hampshire

E-mail: qiaoyan.yu at

Phone: +1 (603) 862-1546