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VentureBeat introduced the winners of the fifth annual Women in AI Awards as we speak at VB Transform

The awards acknowledge and honor the ladies leaders and changemakers within the discipline of AI. The nominees have been submitted by the general public and winners chosen by a VentureBeat committee. Winners have been chosen primarily based on their dedication to the trade, their work to extend inclusivity within the discipline and their optimistic affect locally. 

The winners have been offered with the awards by VentureBeat’s Sharon Goldman, senior AI author, and Gina Joseph, chief technique officer.

Joseph emphasised the significance of the awards and the Ladies in AI breakfast. “This is the reason we do it. I imply, you heard it immediately from the ladies leaders. They’re making an influence, they’re making a distinction and want to assist help one another and as organizations, as leaders, as influencers we have to put a highlight on ladies in tech, ladies leaders, ladies in AI.”

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AI Entrepreneur: Bringing AI out of the lab and into the true world

This award honors a lady who has began corporations which can be exhibiting nice promise in AI. Consideration was given to issues like enterprise traction, the expertise answer, and influence within the AI house.

Our winner is Could Wang, CTO of IoT safety at Palo Alto Networks. Wang has been pioneering work in AI-based safety. She is main the hassle to leverage AI to revolutionize cybersecurity as a complete. Wang has co-founded Zingbox, an IoT cybersecurity firm, the primary AI-based cybersecurity answer for IoT.

Throughout her acceptance speech at VentureBeat Remodel as we speak, she recalled assembly with a feminine investor whereas attempting to get enterprise capital funding for Zingbox. “She stated to me, ‘I’ve been investing in cybersecurity for greater than 10 years. You’re the primary feminine funder sitting on this boardroom,’” Wang recalled. “Final yr, women-funded corporations solely raised 1.9% of all VC funds. We now have a protracted solution to go for each AI and feminine engineers. Let’s work collectively and help one another.”

AI Analysis: Fueling the following wave of transformative AI

This award honors a lady who has made a big influence in an space of analysis in AI, serving to speed up progress both inside her group, as a part of educational analysis, or impacting AI typically.

Our winner is Karen Myers, lab director on the synthetic intelligence middle at SRI International. Myers acquired the highest honor for SRI technical employees and was named an SRI Fellow in 2016; she grew to become director of the AI middle the next yr. She is the writer of greater than 100 publications and 7 issued patents. Her analysis has impacted each the business and authorities sectors, with transitions in areas spanning natural language processing, workflow automation, robotics and clever help.

Throughout her acceptance speech as we speak, she recalled her early years working in AI and being the one lady in most rooms she was in. She urged everybody in attendance and watching just about to encourage the younger ladies of their lives to check laptop science. She stated solely 25% of laptop engineering levels have been earned by ladies. “We have to get extra ladies within the discipline as a result of it’s good for everyone if we’ve got extra range within the discipline, so go house and do your half.

“So thanks a lot for shining the sunshine on all the nice issues that girls in AI are doing, and I’d simply ask all people, please encourage your daughters, your nieces, your neighbors to get into laptop science. We nonetheless have an issue within the discipline that proper now solely 25% of the pc engineering levels are for girls. And we have to repair this downside.”

AI Mentorship: Build up the following technology of girls in AI

This award honors a lady chief who has helped mentor different ladies within the discipline of AI, offering steering and help and/or encouraging extra ladies to enter the sphere.

Our winner is Chenxi Wang, founder and basic companion at Rain Capital, a cybersecurity-focused enterprise capital agency that’s 100% woman-managed. Wang not too long ago based the Forte Group, a women-in-tech advocacy group. Her profession started as a college member at Carnegie Mellon College. She has a Ph.D. in laptop science from the College of Virginia.

Throughout her acceptance speech at VB Remodel, Wang recalled how she was advised at quite a few factors throughout her educational and company profession that she couldn’t obtain her goals and targets. “Then I began my very own enterprise fund, and sure, it’s attainable,” she stated.

Duty & Ethics of AI: Thoughtfully constructing AI that results in a greater and extra equitable world

This award honors a lady who demonstrates exemplary management and progress within the rising scorching subject of responsible AI.

Our winner, Diya Wynn, is senior apply supervisor for accountable AI at AWS. She has a ardour for creating present and rising leaders; selling STEM to the underrepresented; and driving range, fairness and inclusion (DEI). Wynn mentors younger college students and visitor lectures at universities internationally.

Throughout her acceptance speech at VB Remodel, Wynn stated it was an honor to be acknowledged for her work. She hopes that “ladies [in general] and Black ladies will see me for example of one thing that’s attainable for them.” Wynn stated it was an honor to know that the work she initiated helps clients construct responsibly and operationalize responsibly, “advancing the science round accountable AI and the investments we’re making and constructing into the following technology. These are the fitting issues for us to do to construct a greater future. A future the place constructing responsibly and inclusively is simply the way in which that everyone knows.”

Rising Star: Honoring ladies within the early phases of their profession who exhibit that ‘one thing particular’

This award honors a lady within the early stage of her AI profession who has demonstrated exemplary management traits.

Our winner is Mahsa Ghafarianzadeh, engineering supervisor of habits prediction at Zoox. Ghafarianzadeh was born and raised in Iran, and got here to the U.S. to pursue her ardour for robotics. She has a Ph.D. in laptop science. Ghafarianzadeh began at Zoox as a analysis intern working in deep studying and laptop imaginative and prescient. She went on to turn out to be a analysis engineer after which engineering supervisor on the software program prediction group. Ghafarianzadeh is on 28 patents globally from eight patent households.

Throughout her acceptance speech Ghafarianzadeh thanked her mentors and her mom for supporting and guiding her. She additionally devoted her award to the ladies in Iran “who’ve been preventing for his or her freedom previously yr.”

We’d wish to congratulate all the ladies who have been nominated to obtain a Ladies in AI Award. Due to everybody for his or her nominations and for contributing to the rising consciousness of girls who’re making a big distinction in AI.

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