High-Tech Women in Science and Technology

From Cybersecurity to Artificial Intelligence

We at the System Security Lab and CROSSING use our global network and organize the second Darmstadt Women in Tech event on November 18, 2021. The conference will feature talks by internationally renowned female speakers from all over the world. As such, it will be a platform for inspiring successful women in tech to spread their professional achievements and ideas. By presenting their career paths – from Cybersecurity to Artificial Intelligence – and sharing their experience, our speakers will empower young talents to reach their goals and have their careers in tech.

We focus on connecting established female experts with young female scientists and presenting successful role models.

Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi, TU Darmstadt


Dr. Najwa Aaraj
Chief Researcher at the Cryptography Research Centre, Technology Innovation Institute, United Arab Emirates

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Dr. Michaela Blott
Fellow at Xilinx Research, Ireland

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Prof. X. Sharon Hu
Professor in the department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, USA

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Christina Kraus
Co-founder of meshcloud, Germany

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Katharina Kreitz
Founder & CEO of Vectoflow GmbH, Germany

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Prof. Dr. Kathrin Möslein
Vice President of Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

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Carmen Rommel
Co-Founder of BIOVOX GmbH, Germany

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Dr. Aifen Sui
Senior Expert and Automotive Security Architect,
Huawei Germany Research Center, Germany

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Louisa Zoé Wenkemann
Co-Founder of nakt® Stoffschmiede GmbH

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Prof. Ingrid Verbauwhede
Professor at the COSIC research group of the Department of Electrical Engineering, KU Leuven, Belgium

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Prof. Wenyuan Xu
Chair of the Systems Science and Engineering Department, Zhejiang University, China

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Prof. Stjepan Picek
Radboud University, The Netherlands

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Foyer Wilhelm-Köhler-Saal

The Workshop will take place at the Wilhelm-Köhler-Saal
(Raum 283), TU Darmstadt, Altes Hauptgebäude (S1|03), Hochschulstr. 1, 64289 Darmstadt

Altes Hauptgebäude (S1|03), Hochschulstr. 1, 64289 Darmstadt


8:00 – 9:00Registration & Welcome Coffee
9:00 – 9:10Welcome & Opening
Prof. Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi, TU Darmstadt
Prof. Lejla Batina, Radboud University
Prof. Nele Mentens, KU Leuven and Leiden University
9:10 – 9:50 From Simple Attacks to Ample Attacks – AIoT: When AI Meets the IoT
Prof. Wenyuan Xu,
Zhejiang University, China
9:50 – 10:30 Towards Service Oriented Architecture in automotive system: security challenges and countermeasures
Dr. Aifen Sui, Huawei Germany Research Center
10:30 – 11:00 COFFEE BREAK
11:00 – 11:40 Innovation Ecosystems: The Role of the University
Prof. Kathrin Möslein, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
11:40 – 12:20 How will Machine Learning impact our cryptographic solutions? 
Dr. Najwa Aaraj, Technology Innovation Institute, United Arab Emirates
12:20 – 13:00 LUNCH
13:00 – 13:30 Desired State Models, the cloud-native way of doing everything
Christina Kraus, meshcloud, Germany
13:30 – 15:00 PANEL DISCUSSION: Research, Innovation and Start-ups
Dr. Najwa Aaraj, Technology Innovation Institute
Christina Kraus, meshcloud
Katharina Kreitz, Vectoflow GmbH
Stjepan Picek, Radboud University
Louisa Zoé Wenkemann, nakt® Stoffschmiede GmbH  
Carmen Rommel, BIOVOX GmbH
15:00 – 15:40 Innovative Approaches to AI Acceleration
Dr. Michaela Blott
Xilinx Research, Ireland
15:40 – 16:20 COFFEE BREAK
16:20 – 17:00 Hardware Security: looking for the roots of trust
Prof. Ingrid Verbauwhede,
KU Leuven, Belgium
17:00 – 17:40 In-memory Computing for Machine Learning and Security Applications
Prof. X. Sharon Hu,
University of Notre Dame, USA
17:40 – 18:00 Closing
Prof. Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi
Prof. Lejla Batina, Radboud University
Prof. Nele Mentens, KU Leuven and Leiden University

You will find all informations about the High-Tech Women event on March 4, 2020 here.


Prof. Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi
TU Darmstadt, Germany

Prof. Lejla Batina
Radboud University, The Netherlands

Prof. Nele Mentens
KU Leuven, Belgium and Leiden University, The Netherlands


For physical participation, please consider the following rule: If you are not yet vaccinated or recovered, you will need an PCR Covid-19 test, not older than 24 hours.


Open Suitcase

We are happy to announce that there is a limited number of travel grants for female students and researchers who cannot afford to attend the workshop in person otherwise. The grants will cover travelling and – if needed – accommodation expenses.

Requests for travel grants should be sent by email to registration@crossing.tu-darmstadt.de.

Please simply send us an informal application and include a short CV.

You will be informed about the outcome of your application two weeks before the event.

Picture Vlada Karpovich


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