Panel 3: Out of the Ordinary Jobs After a CS Degree

Saturday September 26, 1:30 to 2:30 pm

This panel is designed to inspire womENcourage attendees by showing them the broad range of career options that they have with a computer science (CS) degree. We expect to broaden the attendees’ horizons when thinking about future jobs by having a panel composed of successful and inspiring panelists, who have either chosen an unusual career path or who have found a very interesting field to focus on. The panelists will be coming both from academia and industry to bring different perspectives to the panel. Students often think that a degree in computer science opens the door to programming and other IT jobs, but rarely know about the whole range of options that is available to them. We expect that this panel will inspire students and other attendees to seek their own path in the career, keeping in mind the exciting opportunities that exist and that they can work toward.


Dr. Jessica Cauchard is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stanford University in the field of Human-Computer Interaction. Her research focuses on mobile, on-body and out-of-body interfaces. She completed her PhD at the University of Bristol, UK in 2013. Her PhD research focused on mobile, ubiquitous, and wearable computing. She received various scholarships including one for academic excellence from the British Federation of Women Graduate and is a Heidelberg Laureate as well as Anita Borg scholar. Jessica received a Bachelor of Engineering in Robotics and Intelligent Systems from the University of Toulouse III, France. After completing an MSc in Advanced Computer Science at Sheffield University, UK, she specialized in Virtual Reality (VR) systems for public spaces, such as museums. She then worked on EU research projects looking at how VR can improve our future workspaces.


Dr. Anke Brock is a Research Scientist in Human-Computer Interaction at Inria Bordeaux, France. Previously, she has been a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Toulouse, France. Anke obtained a PhD (2013) and a Master's Degree (2010) in Human-Computer Interaction from the University of Toulouse. Prior to her career in academia, Anke has been an Engineer in Research & Development at Bosch (Hildesheim, Germany), working on navigation systems and driver assistance systems for the automotive industry. She also holds an engineering diploma in Information Technology from Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University in Stuttgart, Germany (2004). Anke has received several awards for her PhD research, among them in 2012 the Google Anita Borg EMEA scholarship.

Monika Podsiadlo is a Technical Program Manager on the Text-To-Speech team at Google London. There, she used to head up the Text-To-Speech Languages team before moving on to work on Text-to-Speech Accessibility. Prior to joining Google, she was an Engineer in a speech synthesis start-up, Phonetic Arts. She holds an MSc in Speech and Language Processing from the University of Edinburgh and a BA in Linguistics from Adam Mickiewicz University.

Dr. Mario Romero is Associate Professor in Human-Computer Interaction in the Department of High-Performance Computing and Visualization (HPCViz) at KTH. He is a Fulbright Scholar from Ecuador and a graduate of Georgia Tech (PhD Computer Science, 2009), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Master Computer Science, 2001), and Universidad San Francisco de Quito (B.S. Industrial Engineering and B.S. Construction Engineering, 1996). Dr. Romero is also a technical co-founder of BrailleTech, developer and distributor of BrailleTouch. Dr. Romero's research centers in Human-Computer Interaction, Visualization, and Ubiquitous and Accessible Computing.