2021 IEEE SERVICES - IEEE International Symposium on Women in Services Computing (WISC)

Call for Papers

The IEEE International Symposium on Women in Services Computing (WISC) was launched in 2020, evolving from the WISC Workshop, first held in 2017. The goal of the WISC Symposium is to provide an environment for women to exchange both technical and professional ideas and to network, in order to extend their personal associations in the field as a basis for advancement, recognition, mentoring and exchange of ideas. It is a cross-conference event at IEEE SERVICES 2021. It is sponsored jointly by IEEE SERVICES, IEEE Technical Committee on Services Computing (TCSVC), and CCF (China Computer Federation) Technical Committee on Service Computing (TCSC).

One of the highlights of the symposium is the presentation of the IEEE TCSVC Women in Services Computing Award, which will also include a talk by the winner focused on her own professional and personal journey to becoming a recognized leader in the Services Computing field.

Preliminary program is provided below. Please stay tuned for update as well as announcement on scholarships for women students and cash awards for women participants of IEEE SERVICES 2021. Feedback is welcome.

Symposium Dates & Times

Session 1: Tuesday September 7, 1:00 - 2:30 UTC (90 minutes, including the 10 minute break)
Monday 9pm EDT - New York, September 6
Monday 8pm CT - Chicago, September 6
Tuesday 9am - Beijing, September 7

Session 2: Tuesday September 7, 2:30 - 4:00 UTC (90 minutes, including the 10 minute break)
Monday 10:30pm EDT - New York, September 6
Monday 9:30 CT - Chicago, September 6
Tuesday 10:30am - Beijing, September 7

  • Opening Remarks
  • Presentation of the IEEE Women in Services Computing Award, and Acceptance Speech by 2021 Awardee
  • Keynote Speakers - Top Technology Trends in the Near Future
    These talks will be presented by top practitioners and academicians, who will delve into such topics as:
    • Quantum computing
    • Cybersecurity - the ever expanding importance of security in protecting and preserving digital communications
    • COVID-19 - technical, workplace and personal ramifications
    • AI for social good
    • Automation, drones, AI - preserving privacy
    • Lightning and giveback talks (particularly experiences with contributions to women societies)
    • How to start a business - taking your ideas to the next level

    The organizing committee is also open to reviewing additional topics of interest from members of the WISC community.

    Below are YouTube links from last year's WISC Symposium:

    The world has dramatically changed over the past year in terms of how we communicate, interact, work, and conduct our daily lives. However, one thing remains constant and unchanging - the need to maintain the women in services community in which we can interact, foster and nurture our careers, long term goals, and next great endeavor!

    WISC 2021 Scholarship Awards

    The WISC Symposium will award five scholarships this year, as we continue our mission to support women pursuing technical educations. Candidates must be attending an accredited engineering or computer science institution. Both graduate and undergraduate students are eligible for the scholarships.

    We will start accepting applications on July 1, 2021.
    Application Packet

    Please review the table below carefully. Applications will only be considered if all the materials are complete and submitted via EasyChair [https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=ieeeservices2021#] by the July 22, 2021 deadline.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please email sasthan@us.ibm.com


    July 1, 2021: Scholarship Application Process Opens
    July 22, 2021 Juy 31, 2021: Scholarship Applications DEADLINE
    August 2021: Application Judging
    Sept 1 2021: Award Notifications
    Sept 5-10: Awardee announcement at the IEEE WISC symposium
    October/November 2021: Scholarship Payout


    • Name and contact information of student
    • Personal Statement (limit of 500 words)
      * Include Academic /Technical interests, contributions to the community etc.
    • Transcript(s)
    • Optional : Recommendation letter
      * Please ensure your name and email address are included in the recommendation letter.
      * Limit 1 page
    • Note: all information must be submitted in a single pdf file. Please add your short bio to the abstract field in the submission.


      Honorary General Chairs
      Carl K. Chang, Iowa State University
      Rong N. Chang, IBM Research, TJ Watson Research Center
      Jianwei Yin, Zhejiang University

      General Chair
      Lorraine M. Herger, IBM Research, TJ Watson Research Center

      Advisory Committee
      Elisa Bertino, Purdue University
      Zhi Jin, Peking University
      Kate Keahey, Argonne National Laboratory
      Wei Lu, K2Data
      Bhavani Thursaisingham, University of Texas at Dallas
      Maja Vukovic, IBM Research, TJ Watson Research Center
      Jia Zhang, Southern Methodist University

      Program Chairs
      Mari Abe, IBM Cloud and Cognitive Software
      Jing Fan, Zhejiang University of Technology
      Kaoutar El Maghaouri, IBM Research

      Program Committee
      Shubhi Asthana, IBM Research, Almaden Research Center
      Houda Chakiri, Al Akhawayn University
      Manar Abu, Talib University of Sharjah
      Chen Wang, IBM Research, TJ Watson Research Center
      Lingyan Zhang, Central South University