Mind the Gap – Gender and Computer Science Conferences

In September I presented my first publication together with my colleague Antonio Fiscarelli at the Human Choice and Computer (HCC13) conference. Our conference paper entitled “Mind the Gap: Gender and Computer Science Conferences” was published by Springer in the proceedings of 13th IFIF TC 9 International Conference on Human Choice and Computers, held at the 24th IFIF World Computer Congress, 19-21 September, 2018. We reworked and expanded my master thesis on Visualising Gender Balance. Ten computer science conferences and the digital humanities conference compared. First we defined different research areas in computer science using topic modelling and a clustering algorithm developed by my colleague. Next we studied the differences between disciplinary and interdisciplinary silos and which impact this had on career length, number of publications and collaboration.


Computer science research areas are often arbitrarily defined by researchers themselves based on their own opinions or on conference rankings. First, we aim to create an automated and objective way of classifying conferences in computer science research areas based on topic modelling. We then study the topic relatedness of our computer science areas to identify isolated disciplinary silos and clusters that display more interdisciplinarity and collaboration. Furthermore, we compare the career length, publication growth rate and collaboration patterns for men and women in these research areas.

Link to the paper: https://www.springerprofessional.de/en/mind-the-gap-gender-and-computer-science-conferences/16109370.

Link to research gate: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/327225072_Mind_the_Gap_Gender_and_Computer_Science_Conferences_13th_IFIP_TC_9_International_Conference_on_Human_Choice_and_Computers_HCC13_2018_Held_at_the_24th_IFIP_World_Computer_Congress_WCC_2018_Poznan_Pola

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