Tuesday October 8th

Taking time to acknowledge everything

I just completed a Meeting

  • I’ve been poking around the Internet to see what PhD profiles can and do look like. It occurred to me after a one and a half hour long weekend that I haven’t taken the time to acknowledge some of the stuff I’ve done this year.

  • PhDs do that, I guess, so maybe I should too?
  • If you find this confusing, please check out my most up to date CV in the Other section of the About page. I tend to list things as I hear about things here, so they’re not necessarily ordered in terms of the months I have to perform such tasks (sorry!).

2021

  • I (apparently?) won a Best Poster award at the Mediterranean Machine Learning Summer (held in Winter) School. Specifically, it’s in the Brilliant Idea Category!! So cool! I know, I’m shocked too! :) I’d love to continue to earn more “Brilliant idea” awards! :)
  • I got a grant to attend the USENIX Enigma Conference!
  • I have been accepted to the 2020-2021 class of Google’s CS Research Mentorship Program (CSRMP)!
  • I have been accepted to the 2021 CRA-WP Grad Cohort for Women, which will be held remotely. I will be presenting a poster there.
  • I have been invited to be a reviewer for the Distributed and Private Machine Learning (DPML) workshop at ICLR 2021
  • I have been accepted to participate in the FAccT Doctoral Consortium 2021!
  • I have been invited to be a reviewer for the Practical ML for Developing Countries Workshop (PML4DC) at ICLR 2021
  • I have been invited to be a reviewier for Tapia 2021
  • A quote from myself has been featured in the Black Girls CODE the Future Coloring Book! I am truly honoured! :)
  • I’ve been invited to attend JP Morgan’s Advancing Black Pathways in Data Science event
  • I’m showing a pop-up book related to Maths that I made a while ago at Brown’s SUMS event, for PI day, under the theme “Math and Illusion” :)
  • I’m taking an Artificial Worldbuilding class on genetic algorithms, cellular automata and reinforcement learning through Hyperlink Academy
  • I participated (1 of 20) in the AI and Cybersecurity workshop at the Alan Turing Institute
  • I have been invited to speak on a panel at the Algol Conference 2021
  • I have been accepted to SICSS Howard-Mathematica’s summer workshop :) (I had to decline because I am at capacity this summer)
  • I will be participating in the Isogeny-based Cryptography Winter school 2021
  • I am an NCWIT Change Leader Scholar 2021
  • I have been accepted to be a participant at the Reinforcement Learning Open Source Festival via Microsoft Research this summer! Excited to contribute to open source!!!
  • I have been invited to participate in the Environmental Enablers for AI challenges in Cybersecurity” workshop at the Alan Turing Institute
  • Our group won one of the top prizes, Best Visualization, at the OC RUG Data Hackathon!
  • I’ve been accepted to attend TwoSigma’s Mock Intervew Day for Women in STEM for their Quantitative Research track
  • I have been accepted to Block III of Gitcoin’s Kernel Fellowship, and supported with a Scholarship for Women! I’m so thankful for this group!
  • I’ll be attending the 4th Annual ZK-Proof workshop :)
  • I’ve been invited to be a DEI co-chair for ICLR 2022.
  • I’ve been invited as a reviewer for GHC 2021.
  • I have been accepted to the Nordic Probabilistic AI (ProbAI) summer workshop 2021! I will be presenting a poster of my work there, too! :)
  • I’ve been asked to be a reviewier for the BlackAIR summer research grant workshop 2021
  • I’ll be attending the CHIMe workshop 2021
  • I’ve received a free ticket to attend WISP’s Privacy+Security Conference :) I’ll be taking the De-identification and EU Privacy and Law tracks.
  • I’ve been chosen as 1 of 60 for the NCWIT AiC Connections Mentorship Programme and have been matched with a Facebook AI Research Advisor!
  • I have been invited to the Alan Turing Institute’s workshops on Key Themes for Informing a Research Roadmap (part 5) and also session 6 of their Threats and Opportunities for AI in Cyber Security, with keynote by B. Schneier (session 6).
  • I received a Student Travel Award to attend IEEE S&P Oakland 2021. I’m thrilled.
  • I have been invited to be a mentor for the Career Girls AI Summer Camp 2021!
  • I have been invited to be a panelist for the Technovation AI Prize 2021
  • I have been interviewed by the MacArthur Foundation for their piece of the impact of BAI!
  • I have been invited to speak at the BlackAIR Summer Grant Program, which is affiliated with Stanford University
  • I have been invited to speak at Code2040’s 2021 Alumni Program!
  • I’ve been invited to attend Google’s PhD Fellowship summit this year. I’m excited!
  • I have received a placement in the She256 Mentorship programme with a mentor who focuses on ZK Snarks, for the next 6 months! I am excited to learn all the things!
  • I’ve been invited to participate in Facebook’s Above and Beyond Computer Science Amplified edition, for PhDs!
  • I have been chosen as 1 of 2 persons to say Congratulations and how the work and life journey of Dr. Gladys West has impacted me, to Dr. Gladys West, courtesy of NCWIT’s Pioneer Award!
  • I’ve been accepted to GREPSEC V, which is an Early Career Workshop for graduate students in Security and Privacy. Acceptance also will provide me with a ticket to USENIX Security 2021, so I’ll be attending that, too!
  • I havce been assigned a mentee via WISP’s Mentor-Mentee Programme! I’m very happy with my match! :)
  • I’m attending USENIX Security 2021 (my first!)!!!!
  • I’m participating in the Galois Summer School on Trustworthy Machine Learning!!! Super excited does happy dance
  • I got a scholarship via WISP and Black Hat to attend Black Hat USA’s briefing! (it’s been my dream for a decade to attend this conference!)

2020

  • I received an Invitation to attend TechTogetherBoston2020, Boston’s Largest All-Female Hackathon [ Jan ]
  • I received an Invitation to attend WiHacks, RIT’s all-female and non-binary 24-hour hackathon [ Jan ]
  • I’m giving a talk at the Women in Data Science Meetup on Feb 3rd on Why Conferences Matter (inspired by Neurips) [ Feb ]
  • I’m TA-ing two classes in Spring; one is a Compilers course in Haskell, and another CS basics (Advanced Web Design) course [ Jan - May ]
  • I was invited to be on a panel for FAccT, but could not get my visa in order in time, so had to decline [ Jan ]
  • I am a member of the OpenMined Women of OpenMined group; we have a study group where we learn about Differential Privacy and work up to contributing to the OpenMined codebase and take part in competitions (most members are in grad school or seasoned researchers/engineers). We are currently involved in a general AI/Differential Privacy study group for Women, and another for going through the FastAI coursework (both are book-club/study groups), NLP, and learning about homomorphic encryption [ Jan ] [ May ]
  • I’m working with a team of 5 researchers (mostly located on the East Coast) to plan the Black in AI lunch event on Sunday Feb 9th at AAAI this year. [ Jan ]
  • I will also be a panelist and mentor for Try AI during the AAAI conference, which is half a day of mentorship for young women to encourage them to study STEM and AI/ML [ Jan ]
  • I received funding to attend ICERM’s “Variable Precision in Mathematical and Scientific Computing” at Brown University from May 6th through the 8th [ Jan ]
  • I’m a reviewer for the Tapia Conference Workshops and Panels (two rounds) [ Feb ] [ May ]
  • I’m a reviewer for the ICLR 2020 PML4DC Workshop [ Feb ]
  • I received an invitation to give a 2 minute talk and present a poster at CMU for their AI for Social Good Symposium [ Feb ]
  • I’ve been invited to become a Committee member for the HCI GHC (Grace Hopper Conference) 2020 track (two rounds) [ March ][ April ]
  • I received a grant to attend MSRI’s Optimal Transport and Applications to Machine Learning and Statistics Workshop [ March ]
  • I’ve been invited to do a podcast for Corecursive [ March ]
  • I am a member of the MD4SG Education Working group, which meets every other week and has a private Fb group to discuss papers, research, plans moving forward [ March ]
  • I received a pass to attend the NVIDIA GTC Deep Learning Institute’s workshop on “Applications of AI for Anomaly Detection (LDLIW2249)”, which is courtesy of Black in AI and LXAI [ March ]
  • I became part of the Open-Mined writing team, and will work with others to produce technical articles and blog posts involving Deep Learning and Differential Privacy, among other things [ March ]
  • I’m working my way through the DeepLearning.ai Specialization to complement my Machine Learning and Research coursework; I completed course 1 (Neural Networks and Deep Learning) , 2 (Improving Deep Neural Networks: Hyperparameter Tuning, Regularization and Optimization), 3 (Structuring Machine Learning Projects) [ April ]
  • I’ve been selected to attend the Bloomberg Women in Engineering two-day event (which is now virtual) [ April ]
  • I’ve been selected as a volunteer for ICLR, which will be virtual this year [ April ] (*)
  • I received Financial Aid to attend SciPy 2020, which is now virtual [ April ]
  • I was offered a BRAID Funded Scholarship to attend the Grace Hopper Conference 2020. This will include accommodation during the conference, with the group. I accepted :) I’m thankful to my school and for BRAID for this opportunity [ April ]
  • I have been accepted as an NCWIT Change Leader Scholar (CLS) pending my attendance in their introductory session. The Change Leader Scholarship Programme guides students to become leaders within their communities, particularly as women in STEM. It culminates in a Summit that is usually held in person, but will be held virtually this year [ April ]
  • I have been invited to co-host Kaggle e-days (Data Science and Machine Learning events/ talks, etc). [ April ]
  • I received word that I was successfully matched (1 of 30) for the Lighthouse3 Women in AI Ethics Mentorship Programme. In response, I will have to not only communicate with my mentor (who is based in SF), but this result in a published article about my experience [ May ]
  • I received an ALife Conference Student Scholarship award to attend the virtual conference this year! [ May ]
  • I have been featured in The Women of Silicon Valley: Caribbean Techies. It talks about my journey into tech.
  • I’m attending the NASA Formal Methods 2020 conference (now virtual), including their sessions on AI for Safety and their Workshop on Formal Methods for Cryptographic Proofs [ May ]
  • I was asked to be a programme committee member and reviewer for the LXAI workshop at ICML [ May ]
  • I was chosen (1 of 18) to attend the online version of the Dark Matters workshop at the School for Poetic Computation, which is being taught by American Artist, and covers issues of technology, surveillance, and ethics [ May ]
  • I was selected for the LXAI Research Mentorship Programme for ICML, which entails being matched with a senior research scientist in AI and meeting with them until ICML to discuss career goals, mentorship in research [ May ]
  • I am participating as a mentee for S&P/Oakland’s Speed Mentoring. Such a great idea for young researcher/senior research interaction! [ May ]
  • I’m being funded through a Fellowship grant courtesy of an Award (for one student, based on research I was already working on with my advisor, from a proposal my advisors submitted) given to us by Amazon. This should be for approximately 2 years [ May ]
  • I have been asked to speak on a panel for Career Girls Virtual AI Camp in July [ May ]
  • I will be attending the IPAM Fall workshop on Safe Operation of Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Fleets, which is on thinking of provably safe ways to keep large datasets safe, and is part of the larger workshop “Mathematical Challenges and Opportunities for Autonomous Vehicles” [ Jun ]
  • I’ve been chosen as a mentee for the AGT Mentorship Workshop (AMW) 2020 as part of the Economics and Computation (EC 2020) conference, in which the goal is to mentor students considering a research career in Economics and Computation, particularly who either have come from developing countries or live in developing countries for their unique perspectives [ June ]
  • I’ve been invited to register and volunteer for ICML [ June ]
  • I’ve been invited to speak on a panel about AI/ML for M@M (Morehouse @ Momentum Coding School) for Juneteenth weekend [ June ]
  • I’ve been invited to be the on the 2020 WiML organizing committee as the Senior Program and Mentorship Co-Chair for NeurIPS [ June ]
  • I’ve been invited to be a volunteer for the ACL 2020 (Association for the field of Computational Linguistics)! I am STOKED! [ June ]
  • I’ve been invited to be a volunteer for ICFP 2020 (International Conference of Functional Programming)! [ June ]
  • I have been asked by WiML to be a Session Facilitator for one of their ICML workshops on “Recommender Systems Research in Industry” [ June ]
  • I received a WiML Travel Fund grant for ICML 2020, courtesy of Quantum Black (A McKinsey Company) [ June ]
  • I have been asked to speak at the STSI STEAM/STEM camp [ July ]
  • I have been invited to moderate a panel the Transform 2020 event [ July ]
  • I will be co-planning a casual ACL Black in AI Social [ July ]
  • I received word that I received the TechX Social Impact / Harvard Franklin Fellowship. I’m super stoked! [ July ]
  • I received a Microsoft Scholarship for a Udacity course online [ July ]
  • I am judging the DataKind/ Data.org Global Challenge [ July ]
  • I received a Women of Color in Technology Complimentary Registration for GHC (that’s the Grace Hopper Conf, not the Haskell compiler :D) [ July ]
  • I was asked to speak for the Women of Silicon Valley podcast [ July ]
  • The article on VentureBeat about the panel I moderated and my wrapup is released. [ July ]
  • I was invited to the PL+HCI Swimmer School and will be attending virtually [ July ]
  • I was invited to the IBM Qiskit Quantum school and will be attending virtually [ July ]
  • I will be attending the “Frontiers of Machine Learning” conference (supposed to be in Redmond, now remote) by MSR [ July ]
  • I am involved in a Grant Proposal with the SageMaths group (as Key Personnel) [ July ]
  • I’ve been invited to Adobe’s Open House Recruiting (Invite Only) [ July ]
  • I was invited to become a Board Member for an AI and Ethics Journal [ July ]
  • Our paper (on which I am first author!) on Fairness using Provable Privacy has been accepted for the MD4SGD Conference! Hooray! [ August ]
  • I am taking three classes from Hyperlink Academy; one in which I will be making a book with Racket and another where we recreate periods in Art History using GUIs, and one on Conlang [ August, October ]
  • I have been asked to speak at the EGG on Air Conference [ August ]
  • I am taking a course on The Laws of Digital Data, Content and Artificial Intelligence (for fun) [ August ]
  • I am a Code2040 Essay Reviewer for 2021’s Cohort [ August ]
  • My advisor convinced me to apply (yet again!) to speak at my school’s Research Day on our work. I’ll be talking about the paper we recently wrote, as well as some of our empirical work [ August ]
  • I won a raffle ticket courtesy of Google Research to attend ECCV 2020! [ August ]
  • I received a D&I ticket to attend KDD 2020, which is virtual! [ August ]
  • I’ve been matched with an ICFP 2020 mentor! She’s wonderful! [ August ]
  • I started contributing to the Wiki Page WikiProject: Women in Red / AI Ethics Project. I’ve contributed to the ACM Climate Change project before (2 years ago), so I have a Wiki account already :) [ August]
  • I am a Logistics co-organizer (1 of 3) for the Black in AI @ NeurIPS workshop 2020 [ August ]
  • I gave a talk at a really wonderful group teaching Python for Beginners! [ September ]
  • I received an NCWIT Bloomberg GHC Grant [ September ]
  • I participated in the Git Inclusion Summit; about making Open Source a better, more equitable place [ September ]
  • I signed up for Interaccess’s workshops in Parametric Thinking with Images (Grasshopper 3D) and Generating Images with Shaders (GLSL) [ September ]
  • I have been accepted to the M2L / Mediterranean Machine Learning Summer School. I will be presenting a poster there! (Winter Cohort) [ September ]
  • I received a grant through MSRI to attend SACNAS 2020 [ September ]
  • I will be presenting a bit of the work I proposed as my thesis research project at the next Mechanism Design for Social Good Data Economies and Governance meeting as a short talk with discussion (15 minutes) [ Oct ]
  • I have been invited to be a reviewer for AFCI2020, a workshop at NeurIPS 2020 [ September ]
  • I have been invited to be a reviewer for the BAI@NeurIPS workshop 2020 [ October ]
  • I have been invited to be the keynote speaker for a 10 minute talk on Fairness in Data at the MIT Hacking Racism in Healthcare Challenge [ October ]
  • I will be promoting BAI in a podcast [ October ]
  • I will be on a panel for a cross-institution PhD event [ November ]
  • I will be speaking at Amazon Science with my advisor [ December ]
  • I will be interning at Microsoft next summer ie 2021 [ October ]
  • My artwork and writing was accepted to the First Resistance AI Workshop at NeurIPS (I will be presenting a poster!) [ October ]
  • Our paper was accepted as a poster for AFCI (Algorithmic Fairness through the lens of Causality and Interpretability) at NeurIPS (congrats Miss Ivy! :) [ October ]
  • I am giving a talk for some students at Morgan State University, in conjunction with EGG [ November ]
  • I was accepted to the Winter Institute in Computational Social Science hosted by the University of Arizona (WICSS), which will be held in Jan 2021 [ November ]
  • I will be attending the 2020 SOCML session for Privacy and ML, moderated by U. Erlingsson, organized by I. Goodfellow. I am on 2 hours of sleep but happy! [ December ]
  • I am taking two classes from Hyperlink Academy in 2021: Esoteric Programming Theory and Design Neighbourhood Scale Software and a Digital Privacy Legal course at school [ December ]
  • I am co-organizing an event with Prof Jenkins and and BIC [ December ]
  • A reading of our work from the Dark Matters Zine will be on Montez Press Radio in 2021 (previous guests have been S. Browne) [ December ]
  • I have been accepted to the Jane Street PhD Symposium and will be presenting the research I’ve been working on in a 10 to 15 minute presentation in January. Stoked! [ December ]
  • I am doing a YT interview, “Tech Girl Thursdays” [ December ]
  • I am diong an interview on our research for OM TBD [ December ]

2019

  • I wrapped up / completed a local internship in El Segundo [ Jan ]
  • I attended a workshop at MSRI on Derived Algebraic Geometry [ Feb ]
  • I participated in NASA’s L’Space Level One Proposal/ Grant writing workshop [ Jan ]
  • I interned at Apple, starting Feb 11th, ending May 31st [ Feb to May ]
  • I attended a Number Theory Conference at Cornell [ April ]
  • I participated in NASA’s L’Space Concept Proposal Academy [ April ]
  • I attended Google I/O after receiving a subsidized ticket courtesy of Women Techmakers [ May ]
  • I interned at Mercury, starting on June 3rd, and ending August 9th [ June to Aug ]
  • I attended a conference at the Simons Institute in Berkeley on Error Correcting Codes and Encryption [ June ]
  • I attended Racket School, a PL workshop where we build a language from the ground up in a week [ July ]
  • I attended Curry On, a PL conference in London [ July ]
  • I was accepted as a Code2040 Finalist (1 of 292) and Fellow (1 of 80) [ July ][ Nov ]
  • I obtained a Twilio Signal Conference Scholarship and attended Signal [ Aug ]
  • I gave a talk on My First Panic, at Github’s SF office, through Sentry’s Community Show and Tell night [ Aug ]
  • Flew back to LA and packed everything in a week, and started orientation/ school the following Monday [ Aug to Sept ]
  • I was accepted for a Research Proposal group through NASA (called L’Space NPWEE) that meets weekly. I am the Project Manager for this group. (That’s been my Tuesday evenings, even though we are also on Whatsapp and communicate pretty frequently for scheduling meetings, etc. We also use Trello, etc) [ July to present ]
  • I started attending meetings on Wednesdays for my school’s research project [ Sept to present ]
  • I started TA-ing a Matlab class, with office hours and TA hours pretty much on Thursdays. It’s been a mix of showing up to two classes back to back, holding 2 hours of office hours and grading assignments. [ Sept to present ]
  • I gave a presentation for my summer group’s research project in my first week of attending classes for our CS Research Day. The audience included faculty from our department and the Department Chair (how about that for your first week!) [ Sept ]
  • I gave another talk a week and a half later to our local CS Club on Google Summer of Code and Internships [ Sept ]
  • I gave another (shorter) talk this Wednesday for our CS Club on Open Source projects involving Mathematics [ Oct ]
  • I attended the Google Developer Student Lead Summit in Sunnyvale (all expenses paid by Google) [ Oct ]
  • I gave another talk to a senior class on Interviewing, Job-hunting, Finances (basically life advice) [ Oct ]
  • I received a Udacity Technology Scholarship powered by Bertelsmann for their AI track, specifically the “Intro to Deep Learning with Pytorch” course. Will probably do this over the winter break [ Nov ]
  • I received an Opportunity to attend both Twitter’s MLFlock events for PhD ML students in Boston and New York; I attended the event in New York City on Academia to Industry and Twitter technology [ Nov ]
  • I accepted an internship via Code2040 to work at Autodesk’s Pier 9 for Summer 2020. I’m super excited. There are robots and there is data there, and my team is amazing! [ Nov ]
  • I was interviewed by an organization called Career Girls (Boston) at MIT for support of women in STEM [ Nov ]
  • I received a travel grant through the NSF to attend Sage Days, which is about contributing to SageMath, open source software for Computational Maths [ Nov ]
  • I received a WiCyS Student Scholarship! I will be attending the 2020 WiCyS Conference (lodging and registration provided) [ Nov ]
  • I received a full reimbursement opportunity to attend the GRA-WP Cohort for Women in 2020 [ Nov ]
  • I received a full reimbursement opportunity to attend the GRA-WP Cohort for Underrepresented Minorities in 2020 [ Nov ]
  • I received complimentary registration and a travel grant to attend Neurips! I currently have tickets also for the Black in AI workshops, as well as the WiML workshops [ Dec ]
  • I received a fee waiver for registration and a travel/lodging grant to attend Real World Crypto 2020, via the IACR. The conference will be in New York City, and I am funded for this opportunity by a generous NSF grant [ Dec ]
  • I received word that I am an NCWIT Finalist! [ Dec ]
  • I applied (and received an offer from) the Graduate Writing Centre; I will be learning how to write and mentoring students for around six hours a week in an interdisciplinary writing skillset at the graduate level (so reviewing and helping graduate students write papers in Literature, Materials Science, History, etc)! [ December ]

TA

  • Programming for Engineers (Matlab) (20) (FA19)
  • Data Privacy (Python, Jupyter) (295B) (FA19)
  • Compilers class (202) (SP20)
  • Advanced Web Design class (142) (SP20)

Current Classes (completed)

  • Software Verification (295A) (FA19)
  • Data Privacy (295B) (FA19)
  • Human Computer Interaction (228) (FA19)
  • Machine Learning (in Python) (254) (SP20)
  • Research credits (491) (SP20)(FA20)
  • Secure Distributed Computation (395) (FA20)
  • Research credits (491) (SP20)(FA20)(SP21) (in progress)
  • Privacy: Law, Policy, & Design (196) (SP21) (in progress)
  • Cryptography (259) (SP21) (in progress)
  • An Information Theory Class (CS 395) (FA 21)
  • Abstract Algebra 1 (MATH 251 A) (FA 21)

Kinda-sorta (Audit) (2021 Winter: done)

  • (Audit via Stanford) Internet Scale Consensus in the Blockchain Era (374) (SP21)

Anticipated Classes (enrolled)

  • Information Theory (CS 395)
  • Fourier Transform class
  • Elementary Number Theory Class
  • Abstract Algebra 1 (MATH 251)

TODO (2020-21)

  • An Estimation Theory class (EE 371) (SP 22)
  • Number Theory (SP22: 255)
  • A Game Theory class (EC 138 or online) (SP21)
  • Deep Learning (SP22)
  • Reliability of Engineering Systems (FA21)
  • Reinforcememt Learning (FA21)
  • Algorithms (SP22)
  • Foundations of Quantitative Reasoning (FA21)
  • Intro to Numerical Analysis (237) (FA21)
  • A prototyping class (eg Integrated Product Development (395)

Classes I plan to take (in order of importance)…somewhere between 2020 and 2022…(ie not enrolled yet)

  • Reliability of Engineering Systems
  • Computational Physics
  • Compilers
  • Evolutionary Robotics

I think this means I’m not doing too badly in my first semester

  • I keep pushing myself, though. It’s been fun. I’ve really been enjoying research, my classes, and being a PhD student. I can’t imagine really doing anything else right now.

  • There are many; so many more things in the works right now, but I should get to sleep. But I feel a bit better; it’s been a wild ride!
  • I tend to look ahead and think of all the things I want to accomplish, which can distract from the things I have accomplished. What a list!

And that’s about it

Written on October 8, 2019