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Anne Aaron is Director of Encoding Technologies at Netflix. The team is responsible for generating media assets that deliver a compelling A/V experience to millions of Netflix members worldwide, no matter where, how and what they watch. In her previous role at Netflix as lead of Video Algorithms, Anne helped drive innovation in the space (per-title encoding, video quality assessment and perceptual metrics, shot-based encoding, HDR, next-generation codecs) and grow a team of experts in cloud-based video coding and processing. Prior to Netflix, Anne had technical lead roles at Cisco, working on the software deployed with millions of Flip Video cameras, Dyyno, an early stage startup which developed a real-time peer-to-peer video distribution system, and Modulus Video, a broadcast video encoder company.​

During her Ph.D. studies at Stanford University, she was a member of the Image, Video and Multimedia Systems Laboratory, led by Prof. Bernd Girod. Her research was one of the pioneering work in the sub-field of Distributed Video Coding.​

Anne is originally from Manila, Philippines and now lives in California with her husband and two children. She holds B.S. degrees in Physics and Computer Engineering from Ateneo de Manila University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Anne was recognized by Forbes as one of America’s Top 50 Women In Tech in 2018.​

When she is not running after her two kids, she tries to catch up on the latest Netflix originals. Anne’s recent favorites are Bodyguard, Bojack Horseman, The Crown and Always Be My Maybe.

A pioneer in Emotion AI, Rana el Kaliouby, Ph.D., is Co-Founder and CEO of Affectiva, and author of the forthcoming book Girl Decoded: A Scientist’s Quest to Reclaim Our Humanity by Bringing Emotional Intelligence to Technology. A passionate advocate for humanizing technology, ethics in AI and diversity, Rana has been recognized on Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list and as one of Forbes' Top 50 Women in Tech. Rana is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a newly minted Young Presidents' Organization member, and co-hosted a PBS NOVA series on AI. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge and a Post Doctorate from MIT.

PANELISTS

CS in College

Alexis Williams is eighteen years old from Northern New Jersey, and is as passionate about fashion, makeup, and personal style as she is with the world of Computer Science and Engineering. Alexis is a New York University freshman at the Tandon School of Engineering where she is pursuing a B.S. in Computer Science. As a founder of her own platform, Posie New York, that aims to uplift and support women, she spends a lot of time working on code, writing, and making videos to push her mission. Outside of school and work Alexis likes to read and write whenever she can, about topics outside of STEM, and unironically makes Tik Toks about Computer Science and college. You can find her on instagram at @alexisdenisew and on Tik Tok at @lelegenevieve!
Beatrix is currently a senior Computer Science major at Vassar College, where she also works as a teaching assistant in the department. She is the computer science liaison for Vassar's student-run group Gender Inclusivity in STEM, which aims to build community among underrepresented gender identities in the sciences on campus. She also has experience as both a student and a teaching assistant for the extracurricular coding workshops done by Kode With Klossy, a program dedicated to making programming accessible to middle- and high-school girls across the country. In 2017, she attended the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing as an Anita Borg student scholar. Professionally, Beatrix has interned as a software engineering intern at communications company Viasat Inc. during summer 2018, and most recently as a User Interface Engineer Intern at LinkedIn this past summer 2019. After graduation, she will be returning to LinkedIn as a full-time employee.
Apoorva is a senior studying computer science with a minor in Korean Language at the Pennsylvania State University. She has been involved at school as a Girls Who Code teaching assistant and a Women in Engineering math course facilitator. During her summers, she has worked as an engineering practicum intern and then software engineering intern at Google and most recently as a software engineering intern at Capital One. She is currently writing her undergraduate thesis in visualizing songs as graphs. Her interests and experience lie in front-end web and app development with a passion for creating a strong user experience.
Mackenzie Jorgensen studies Computer Science (CS) and Philosophy at Villanova University. She has completed research projects in the U.S., U.K., and Germany on topics such as big data analytics, multi-agent communication and coordination, and hate speech moderation through machine learning. All of her research endeavors resulted in publications. Since she was 14 years old, she has made CS outreach a priority. She founded a non-profit which runs coding clubs for young girls in the Seattle area, and she has started similar coding club programs in Philadelphia (where she currently teaches at) and in the UK (while she studied abroad at Oxford during her junior year). After graduation, Mackenzie will pursue her Ph.D. in Safe and Trusted Artificial Intelligence at King’s College London on algorithmic fairness and will continue her outreach to inspire girls to code.