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Thanks to everyone who contributed and attended the workshop this October. We hope we were successful in hosting an attitude-free, newbie-safe and mama-friendly tech event encouraging women to join the Ruby on Rails community.

Women are a minority in most technical communities, but in open source communities the numbers are even smaller — by a factor of about ten or more.

Moving forward, we encourage our newly empowered programmers to meet monthly and use their skills towards open source projects in a welcoming, collaborative, mixed gendered environment.

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Can’t You See I’m Busy?: Computers That Know When to Interrupt

Barbara J. Grosz
Dean, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Higgins Professor of Natural Sciences, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Monday, October 27, 2008 4:15 PM
Radcliffe Gymnasium
10 Garden Street, Radcliffe Yard
Cambridge, Massachusetts
This lecture is free and open to the public.
Sometimes a computer system has information its user needs; at other times, the user may have information that helps the computer. Current systems require that people adapt to the computer, if only to tell it to go away. In her first lecture as dean of the Radcliffe Institute, Barbara J. Grosz will describe research that aims to shift the burden of adaptation from human to computer, so that computers respect our needs and adapt to us rather than the other way around.

In addition to being dean of the Radcliffe Institute, Grosz is Higgins Professor of Natural Sciences in the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. She previously served as the Institute’s dean of science, designing and building its science program. Grosz has been a Harvard University faculty member since 1986. Her research in computer science, focused on finding ways to make computers behave more intelligently, draws on work in linguistics, psychology, economics, and philosophy. Grosz has also led several Harvard University efforts to increase the participation of women in science. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), and the Association for Computing Machinery. In 1993, Grosz became the first woman president of the AAAI. She serves on the executive committee and is a former trustee of the International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence.

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