Third Edition of International Women in Mathematics Day 2023

Date : Thursday 25 May 2023 
Time : 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Venue : Virtual and Physically at Robert de Sorbon Amphitheatre, Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi Campus

Every year on 12th May, the Committee of Women in Mathematics (CWM) celebrates Women in Mathematics Day, which is a delightful occasion. The day is celebrated globally with the aim of inspiring women to recognize and commemorate their accomplishments in the field of mathematics. The ultimate goal is to promote an environment that is open, welcoming, and inclusive for everyone. This special day is dedicated to honoring Maryam Mirzakhani, who was born on 12th May 1977 and became the first woman to receive the Fields Medal, the highest recognition in mathematics.

Again this year, Dr Lama Tarsissi, Assistant Professor- Mathematics at Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi and CWM Ambassador in Lebanon and in the UAE, is organizing the third edition of International Women in Mathematics Day 2023.

About the speakers

Lama Tarsissi is an Assistant Professor in Mathematics at Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, and an Associate Researcher in Computer sciences at university of Gustave Eiffel. She holds a PhD degree in Mathematics and Computer science from the university Savoie Mont Blanc in France. Since 2017, she is the ambassador of Lebanon at the committee of Women in mathematics (CWM) – and since her arrival to UAE, she has also became the ambassador of UAE in CWM

Linda Smail is an Associate professor in the College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Zayed University, Dubai where she teaches Mathematics and Statistics courses. She obtained her PhD in Applied Mathematics from Marne-La-Vallée University, France in 2004. Her research interests include graphical models and Bayesian networks. Linda Smail is particularly interested in inference in Bayesian networks and learning in graphical models with a focus on exact inference algorithms for Bayesian networks. Her primary scholarly goal is to conduct research and use Bayesian networks in different fields from education, medical diagnosis, and entrepreneurship, to decision-making under uncertainty.

Hania Mahassen is the Coordinator of the Math Division and an associate professor of Mathematics. She joined AUD in August 2015. She served as an assistant professor of Mathematics at the American University of Kuwait for seven years. Dr. Mahassen received her M.Sc. and PhD in Mathematics from the University of Vermont (2008). Her research has been supported by US Federal sources, NSF and NASA. Dr. Mahassen has been actively involved in teaching and research. Her main areas of research include electrodynamics, statistical mechanics, and kinetic theory; strongly coupled plasma physics and applied mathematics.

Giulia De Masi(IEEE Senior Member) is currently Principal Scientist at the Autonomous and Robotic Research Center at Technology Innovation Institute in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
She got her PhD with a thesis on Complex Networks within the Institute of Complex Systems and the University of Rome La Sapienza, in collaboration with City University in London. She was a Post-doctoral Researcher at the Polytechnic University of Marche and Visiting Researcher at Hitachi Research Laboratory, in Nara, Japan. In 2008, she started working in the R&D field for the Private Sector (Snamprogetti Center of Excellence, Italy), joining the Department of Advanced Engineering Services and Technology Innovation Projects. She worked in several academic institutions in UAE, before joining the Technology Innovation Institute in Abu Dhabi as Principal Scientist. She is also affiliated with the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies. She has two patents, more than sixty peer-reviewed publications (including journals and conferences), and more than forty reports for Industry. She has been recently awarded as Women in Engineering (WIE) Propel laureate IEEE by Oceanic Engineering Society in liaison with WIE. Her main fields of expertise are Collective Intelligence, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, and Optimization with applications to multi-robot systems.

Ghilmana Sarmad completed her master’s degree from NUST. Since 2016, she has been serving in the field of academia as a senior lecturer, where her students have inspired her to become a bridge between mathematical modeling and computer sciences.
Besides, she is very much motivated to change the common slogan that “mathematicians are boring”; No, they are not, they are just busy solving the world’s problems”. She is honored to work under the supervision of Dr. Abdessamad Tridane. Their work mainly focuses to understand and analyze the impact of local and nonlocal mobility on the spread and containment of any pandemic. However, today she is going to talk about how an awareness program can be effective in controlling heroin addiction.

Ghada AlObaidi is an Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics at the American University of Sharjah. She completed her Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics at the Western University in London, Ontario, Canada in June 2000. Prior to that, she obtained a Bachelor of Education with distinction in the Intermediate/Senior division from Western University in Mathematics and Computer Science in June 1996. Before joining AUS, Ghada Alobaidi taught mathematics at various post-secondary institutions such as Trent University, Peterborough, Canada, and the University of Regina, Regina, Canada. Her research interests include ordinary differential equations, partial differential equations, fluid mechanics, option pricing models and mathematics education.

Marwa Banna is a mathematician working on high-dimensional probability theory. Marwa Banna’s research lies, particularly in free probability theory, random matrix theory, and matrix concentration inequalities. She obtained her Ph.D. from Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée in September 2015. She was then a CNRS postdoctoral associate at Télécom ParisTech before joining the free probability group at Saarland University as a postdoctoral researcher. Marwa Banna joined NYUAD in January 2021, where she holds an assistant professor position of Mathematics.

Fareeha Jamal is currently a PhD Student at United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain, UAE specializing in Graph Theory. Her research interests are in Graph Theory, Algebraic Graph Theory, Combinatorics, and Discrete Mathematics. Prior to pursuing her PhD, she earned her Master’s degree from the National University of Sciences and Technology in Pakistan. She has a passion for exploring the intricacies of mathematical structures and patterns and is dedicated to advancing the field through her research.

Dr.Hebatallah Al Sakaji received her PhD in Mathematics from the United Arab Emirates University in November 2020. In January 2021, she became a visiting faculty at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, UAEU, where she became an Instructor in August 2022. She is the author or co-author of more than 20 papers in international refereed journals with an h-index 11 and more than 25 conference contributions. Her research interests cover several aspects in Mathematical biology and stability analysis, with a special focus on stochastic delay differential equations with applications in ecology and epidemics. She has received several important recognitions such as the best talk award certificate at the Yarmouk Conference on Differential Equations: analysis, modeling, and numerical computations 2021. She has been involved in many collaborative research projects financed by the UAEU. She is currently Co-PI for the project: Mathematical Modeling of COVID-19 in UAE: Stability, Control, and Treatment.

Fouzia Shaheen is a dedicated PhD student and researcher currently working at United Arab Emirates University, UAE. Originally from Pakistan, she graduated from the University of Sargodha in 2014. Her specialty lies in teaching Calculus, Mechanics, Mathematical methods, Special functions, Numerical analysis, Differential equations and many other subjects related to Math.
Currently, Fouzia works as a Research Assistant at United Arab Emirates University, where her research work is focused on the Unitaries and Projections of C*-algebras. Additionally, she works as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Mathematical Science, and has attended numerous conferences worldwide.

Hala Alaqad received her PhD degree from UAE University in July 2020 and is currently working as Visiting Professor at UAE University. During her PhD study, she worked as a research and teaching assistant. Her research field is geometric analysis, in particular, the geometry of discrete groups.

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