Thu 20, Jun, 2019
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Marriott Hotel, Frankfurt
Hamburger Allee 2
Frankfurt, , 60486


Diversifying the HPC Community and engaging male allies

The tenth international Women in HPC workshop will be held at ISC19, Frankfurt, Germany. This workshop provides leaders and managers in the HPC community with methods to improve diversity and also to provide early career women with an opportunity to develop their professional skills and profile. Following the overwhelming success of the 2018 WHPC workshops we will once again discuss methods and steps that can be taken to address the under-representation of women, in particular by discussing the following topics:

  • Being part of the solution: instructions for advocates and allies
  • Putting in place a framework to help women take leadership positions
  • Building mentoring programmes that work effectively for women.

We will also provide opportunities aimed at promoting and providing women with the skills to thrive in HPC including:

  • Posters and lightning talks by women working in HPC
  • Short talks on: dealing with poor behaviour at work and how to help avoid it getting you down, how to deal with negative feedback, how to build writing into your daily routine and why it matters, etc.


Workshop Speakers, Panelists and Chairs

Dr Mozhgan Kabiri Chimeh

Research Associate, University of Sheffield, UK

Dr Mozhgan Kabiri Chimeh​ is a Research Associate/Research Software Engineer in Massive Scale Complex Systems Simulation with Accelerated Computing at University of Sheffield (Department of Computer Science), UK. She works in the area of complex system modelling using emerging high-performance parallel architectures and her speciality is in performance acceleration targeting Many-core and Multi-core architectures. Currently, she is developing the FLAMEGPU software framework which allows complex systems modelling on GPU architectures.

Previously, she worked on accelerating logic gate circuit simulation targeting heterogeneous architectures that involved optimising simulation algorithms and applying them to various parallel architectures (SIMD enabled machines, clusters, and GPUs).

Jo Adegbola

Senior Software Development Manager – Amazon Web Services

Jo Adegbola has had a varied career in the tech industry, one that has taken a winding path from Management Consultant, to Game Developer, to Sr Manager of High Performance Computing for AWS.
Her passion for the last 20+ years has been in building highly performant teams that enjoy working together to deliver for the customer, unlocking entertainment experiences for millions or enabling a single research scientist to make the next big discovery.
Jo has been with AWS for 2 ½ years, where she heads the development group for HPC, a group responsible for the development of AWS Batch, ParallelCluster, and EFA.

Dr Toni Collis

Collis-Holmes Innovations and Women in High Performance Computing

Dr Toni Collis is the Director and CEO of Collis-Holmes Innovations and Chair of Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC). Toni is a strategic manager in the HPC community as well as an experienced lecturer and trainer. The focus of her work has been on enabling those without detailed training in computer science and HPC to still use supercomputers and developing a pipeline of inclusive technology leaders. As Chair and Co-Founder of WHPC Toni also developed and led training aiming to diversity the HPC workforce by providing HPC tutorials for women academics and students in Europe.

Brendan Bouffler

Brendan Bouffler has 25 years of experience in the global tech industry creating large-scale systems for HPC environments, beginning in the 90’s when he helped co-found a US-based dot-com start-up to apply extreme computing to streaming media for broadcast video environments. The company was successfully acquired (by Apple) in 2004.
He has since been responsible for designing and building hundreds of HPC systems for researchers as well as commercial and defence organizations, all around the world. Quite a number of these efforts fed the top500 list, a few that placed in the top 5.
After leading the HPC organization in Asia for a hardware maker, Brendan joined Amazon in 2014 when it became clear to him that cloud would become the exceptional computing tool the global research & engineering community needed to bring on the discoveries that would change the world for us all.
He holds a degree in Physics and an interest in testing several of its laws as they apply to bicycles. This has frequently resulted in hospitalization. He is based in London & Seattle

Theresa Best

Theresa is a career changer. In 2009, she started her Bachelor’s program in Business Administration at the University of Mannheim and decided afterwards to pursue her Master’s degree in Business Administration, again at the University of Mannheim. In 2015, Theresa joined Bosch in the Junior Managers Program. Since 2017, she’s an IT consultant in the area of manufacturing IT, supporting different Bosch divisions to realize their IT projects in the plants. Mid of this year, Theresa will take over a new assignment in the Corporate IT of Bosch.
In her free time, Theresa spends time outside, either with horses or while running, or is organizing events for Hackerstolz e.V

Laura Schulz

Laura Schulz is responsible for strategic development at the Leibniz Computing Centre in Garching, Germany, particularly in the areas of exascale, artificial intelligence and quantum computing. Prior to joining LRZ 1 1/2 years ago, she was Director of Marketing at the HPC Innovation Center at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the US.

Martina Naughton

An accomplished Sales Executive, Strategist and Manager, Martina is a creative and innovative leader, with a portfolio of skills applicable to any industry.

Her sought-after skill-set is underpinned by almost 20 years of cross-industry experience (Public Sector (Health, Justice, and Education), Retail, Financial Services, and Pharmaceuticals – to make her a valuable leader and asset to any organisation. Working internationally with some of the largest global organisations, Martina comfortably operates at the highest level in business and consistently succeeds by keeping her customers’ business outcomes as her primary objective. This has been developed and refined over many years in senior management and revenue generation roles with a number of the world’s pre-eminent software and services companies.

Martina currently leads the IBM HPC Commercial business in Europe and has been actively involved in the HPC business for the past 15 years.

Kelly Nolan


Kelly is the founder of TalentStrategy.org and is a seasoned expert in strategic affairs. Kelly works with executives and boards on diversity and governance approaches. Her clients include research and government institutions, corporations and global initiatives. Kelly develops targeted programs to improve gender equity and engage and retain diverse talent pools for a variety of industrial sectors. Kelly specializes in organizational diversity frameworks, training, assessment, and strategic affairs for external and internal relations for complex evidence-based, multi-stakeholder STEM organizations. A regular conference presenter, Kelly has chaired diversity and workforce development streams for several conferences.

Helena Liebelt

Professor of Computer Science and HPC Engineer at Intel

Helena founded her first digital start-up company at the age 18, while still studying Computer Science. She started her Intel career in ´05 as an Application Engineer within the Software and Solutions Group (SSG), developing good understanding of software products and the ISV market. She moved on building a SW lab supporting internal engineering community as well as external customers. Initially starting out as a local service unit, She lastly was managing a worldwide operating SW enabling lab, supporting, with her constantly growing team, a variety of SSG and SMG (as in press and marketing support) departments along the way. She gained marketing experience during a 6 month rotation to Portland where she was responsible for the definition of an application harvesting process for scale media apps and games, definition of benefits and the design and implementations of a program for ISVs and Intel.

Since 2010 Helena was leading the HPC Market in Germany. Working with the in country resources as well as collaborating and leveraging off the central enabling, marketing, and platform teams to grow German HPC business. In 2018 Helena received the prestigious Intel Achievement Award for her contribution to HPC.

She has Doctorate in Economics (“Strategic change management in post crisis environment”) as well as formal education in Business Administration and Computer Science.

In 2018 Helena received a tenured position as a full Professor of Computer Science at her Alma Mater, the Technical University Deggendorf, where she is building a new HPC department. Helena is also the Director of the IT-Center in charge of University IT.


The WHPC workshop at ISC19 would not be possible without a dedicated team of volunteers.

Steering and Organisation Committee Members

  • Workshop Chair: Mozhgan Kabiri Chimeh (University of Sheffield, UK)
  • Co-chair: Toni Collis (Collis-Holmes Innovations, UK)
  • Co-chair: Misbah Mubarak (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
  • Submissions Chair: Weronika Filinger (EPCC, University of Edinburgh, UK)
  • Submissions Vice Chair: Khomotso Maenetja (University of Limpopo, South Africa)
  • Mentoring Chair: Elsa Gonsiorowski (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA)
  • Invited Talks Chair: Gokcen Kestor (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA)
  • Publicity Chair: Cristin Meritt (Alces Flight, UK)
  • Publicity Vice Chair: Aiman Shaikh (Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK)
  • Volunteer: Shabnam Sadegh (Technical University of Munich)

Programme Committee (For Poster Submission)

  • Chair: Weronika Filinger (EPCC, University of Edinburgh, UK)
  • Vice Chair: Khomotso Maenetja (University of Limpopo, South Africa)

Reviewing Committee

  • Weronika Filinger (EPCC, University of Edinburgh, UK)
  • Neelofer Banglawala (EPCC, University of Edinburgh, UK)
  • Rosa Filgueira (EPCC, University of Edinburgh, UK)
  • Elsa Gonsiorowski (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA)
  • Mozhgan Kabiri Chimeh (University of Sheffield, UK)
  • Gokcen Kestor (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA)
  • Khomotso Maenetja (University of Limpopo, South Africa)
  • Cristin Meritt (Alces Flight, UK)

Call for Poster: Closed

Deadline for submissions: 18th March 2019, anywhere on Earth.

As part of the workshop we invite submissions from women to present their HPC work to the HPC community as a poster and lightening talk. There will be the opportunity to meet with leading employers from across the HPC community and discuss your work with them.

After submission, presenters will be provided with a mentor to aid in the preparation of their poster and lightning talk before the workshop. Submissions for posters are invited as short abstracts (max 300 words) in any area that utilizes high performance computing. Successful authors will be asked to provide a copy-ready electronic version of their poster by May 1st 2019 for publication on the workshop website.

We are encouraging women who consider themselves to be ‘early career’ (i.e. still studying or within five years of graduation) to participate, however this opportunity is open to help everyone who feels they may benefit from presenting their work, irrespective of career stage.

Benefits of participating:
  • Present: successful authors will present their work in a lightening talk at the workshop to an HPC audience, including peers and leading women across the international HPC community. Exclusive to ISC19 you will also have the opportunity to present your poster as part of the main ISC19 poster programme.
  • Networking: build your HPC network, meet peers and potential employers.
  • Advice and mentoring: Receive expert advice and mentorship to help prepare for your poster and presentation, developing skills for the future.
  • Participate: the workshop will include a session on ‘Skills to thrive’ in your career. Attend ISC19 and join over 3,500 people to learn about the variety of activities and opportunities in the international high performance computing community.

Submissions are invited on all topics relating to HPC from users and developers. All abstracts should emphasize the computational aspects of the work, such as the facilities used, the challenges that HPC can help address and any remaining challenges etc.

As a poster author you will have the opportunity to share your work with the workshop audience in a brief ‘elevator pitch’ talk. This will be followed by the coffee break where attendees will have the opportunity to view your poster and discuss your work.

To submit your abstract for a poster please prepare your submission as a word or text document (NOT a PDF) containing the following information:

  1. Author information (For all authors):
    • first and last name;
    • current institution(s);
    • short biography (max 1000 characters);
    • company/institution;
    • country; and
    • photograph for website publicity.
  2. Poster information
    • WHPC Poster title;
    • abstract (up to 250 words);
    • Draft of the poster as PDF file, 1 page maximum (the final poster may not exceed A0 portrait paper size (841 mm x 1189 mm/33.1” x 46.8”) or A1 landscape paper size (594 mm x 841 mm/23.4” x 33.1”). The poster should contain the WHPC logo for its display during the ISC main conference. Download a high-resolution of the WHPC logo here.

Submissions are now closed.

Notification date: April 10th, 2019.

If you have questions please contact info@womeninhpc.org.

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