Women in AI Time

September 01, 9:00 am - 10:15 am (CEST)

Sponsored by:


Hanan Salam

Women in AI and EM Lyon, France

Marwa Chafii

Women in AI and ENSEA, France


Kerstin Bach, Associate Professor at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) – Department of Computer ScienceFaculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering – Norwegian Open AI Lab.

kerstin.bach@ntnu.no – http://kerstinbach.de/

Kerstin Bach is Associate Professor of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at the Department of Computer Science, NTNU, since 2017. She is deputy head of the Data and Artificial Intelligence group at the department and core member of the Norwegian Open AI Lab. Bach received her doctorate summa cum laude from the Department of Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Economics and Computer Science of the Hildesheim University, Germany in 2012. She has broad experience in building industry-strength AI applications as well as leading and collaborating interdisciplinary teams. While working at Verdande Technology she worked on a platform delivering AI services for the Oil & Gas, Finance and Healthcare sector. Further she has been heading the myCBR open source project since 2010 and has been conducting research project pivoting CBR, but also other Artificial Intelligence methods for more than 13 years. Recently, she has been the project manager of the selfBACK project, responsible for the technical integration of selfBACK into Back-UP where she leads the Machine Learning tasks. In the AI4IoT pilot of AI4EU she co-leads the efforts for developing AI showcases for the platform featuring Air Quality measurements. Bach is active in communicating AI research internationally. She is the chair of the German SIG on Knowledge Management and on the board of the Norwegian AI Society. Bach (current h-index 13) has over 90 peer-reviewed journal, conference and workshop papers, is reviewer for major AI conferences and journals, co-chaired the 2019 ICCBR and is the co-chair of the gender board in the AI4EU project.

Alice OTHMANI, Associate Professor at University Paris-Est Créteil (UPEC) – Laboratoire Images, Signaux et Systèmes Intelligents ( LiSSi) 


Alice OTHMANI received the master’s degree from the University of Paris-Descartes and the PhD degree from the University of Burgundy. She was a postdoc researcher at the University of Auvergne and after at Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris (ENS ulm). She has been working as a researcher in different institutions and research laboratories such as the French-Singaporian Image and Pervasive Access Laboratory, the UMR CNRS 6306 Laboratory named Laboratoire d’Electronique, Informatique et Image, Image Science for Interventional Techniques laboratory, etc.

She is currently an associate professor at the university of Paris-Est Créteil (UPEC) and she is a permanent member of the Laboratory of Images, Signals and Intelligent Systems (LISSI). Her research interests concern health informatics, affective computing and biometrics. She develops innovative artificial intelligence solutions for mental disorders diagnosis, prognosis, assistance and drug discovery.

Kristiina Jokinen, Senior Researcher at Artificial Intelligence Research Center

AIST Tokyo Waterfront – Kristiina.Jokinen@aist.go.jp

Adjunct Professor at University of Helsinki – Kristiina.Jokinen@helsinki.fi


Kristiina Jokinen is Senior Researcher at AIRC (Artificial Intelligence Research Center), AIST Tokyo Waterfront, Japan. After her PhD from UMIST, Manchester she was JSPS Research Fellow at NAIST in Japan and an Invited Researcher at ATR Research Labs in Kyoto. She was Nokia Foundation Fellow at Stanford University in 2006, NICT Visiting Professor at Doshisha University in 2009-10, and is a Life Member of Clare Hall at University of Cambridge. Before joining AIRC, she was Professor and Project Manager at University of Helsinki and at University of Tartu.

Her research focuses on spoken dialogue systems, multimodal communication (speech, gaze, gesturing), and human-robot interaction. She led the development of WikiTalk, a Wikipedia-based talking robot information system, and has been Principal Investigator in multiple international projects. She has published four books, and organised several international workshops including the northernmost spoken dialogue conference IWSDS 2016 in Lapland.