Diversity at SOSP: The Ada Workshop

Colocated with SOSP 2017, the first SOSP in the Asia-Pacific region, Ada Workshop provides a forum for female and minority students at the graduate and advanced undergraduate levels who have interests in computer systems research. The workshop program will include keynote talks, panel sessions, and interactive events offered and organized by leading researchers in academia and industry, covering topics about system research and general career development tips. The overall goal of the workshop is to strengthen the pipeline of underrepresented systems students, providing them with advice and networking opportunities that they might not otherwise receive.

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For any questions or additional information about the diversity workshop, please email sosp17adaws@gmail.com.


Xin Ma, Microsoft Research Asia
Jeanna Matthews, Clarkson University

Organizing committee

Qi Chen, Microsoft Research Asia
Shan Lu, University of Chicago


Andrea Arparci-Dusseau
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Haibo Chen
Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Jeanna Matthews
Associate Professor
Clarkson University

Kay Ousterhout

Lidong Zhou
Assistant Managing Director
Microsoft Research Asia

Qi Chen
Associate Researcher
Microsoft Research Asia

Rebecca Isaacs
Research Scientist

Shan Lu
Associate Professor
University of Chicago

Yili Gong
Associate Professor
Wuhan University

Yiying Zhang
Assistant Professor
Purdue University

Yu Zhang
Associate Professor
University of Science and Technology of China
Sponsorship Acknowledgment

This diversity workshop gratefully acknowledges scholarship contributions from:


Program For Ada Workshop

Friday October 27

5:00 - 8:00 pm Dinner and networking -- Go to Shanghai Chenghuang Temple (上海城隍庙)     meet at hotel lobby at 5:00 pm

Saturday October 28

7:30 - 8:30 am Breakfast
8:30-10:00 am

Session 1

Welcome (Jeanna Matthews) / Video on the 30th Anniversary of the Systers List (Dilma Da Silva)

Keeping Persistent Data Correct and Available (the "Interesting" Parts) (Andrea Arparci-Dusseau)

10:00 - 10:30 am Break and networking
10:30- noon

Session 2

Life and Career Development: a Perspective from a Chinese Scholar (Haibo Chen)

Industry Career Experience (Rebecca Isaacs)

Panel: Industrial & Academic Careers

  • Haibo Chen, Yiying Zhang, Lidong Zhou, Rebecca Isaacs, and Qi Chen
  • Coordinator: Jeanna Matthews

noon - 1:30 pm Lunch and networking
1:30 - 3:00 pm

Session 3

How to be successful in graduate school (Kay Ousterhout)

Panel: How to make the most of a conference

  • Kay Ousterhout, Yiying Zhang, James Mickens, and Jeanna Matthews
  • Coordinator: Shan Lu

Panel: Work life balance

  • Andrea Arparci-Dusseau, Yili Gong, Shan Lu, and Jeanna Matthews
  • Coordinator: Lijun Sun

3:00 - 3:30 pm Break and networking
3:30 - 5:00 pm

Session 4

Attendees will be split to small discussion groups each led by some leading researchers.

  • Andrea Arparci-Dusseau, John Wilkes, Rebecca Isaacs, Yiying Zhang, Yili Gong, Jeanna Matthews, Shan Lu, and Qi Chen