Women+ @ GECCO


The Women+@GECCO workshop series started in 2013 as a venue in which accomplished women researchers welcome and support other women in evolutionary computation (EC). Over the years, the workshop has become a venue where students and junior researchers from different under-represented cohorts in EC interact in an informal setting with established women researchers and the general GECCO community, to share our experience as researchers and discuss various issues related to fostering and balancing one's professional and social life, as well as on inserting oneself in the EC community.

The workshop plays an important role at GECCO and, particularly in years that are challenging our professional and personal life, the Women+@GECCO workshop will have a hybrid format as an instance to connect ourselves as a community.

Further information will be provided at a later stage. Stay tuned.

Invited Talk

Prof Didar Zowghi, Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO, Australia


Dr Didar Zowghi is a Professor of Software Engineering and as Senior Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO's Data61 she leads a research team in "Diversity and Inclusion in AI" and "Requirements Engineering for Responsible AI". She is also Emeritus Professor at University and Technology Sydney (UTS), and Conjoint Professor at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

She joined Data61 in January 2022 after working in Academia for 20+ years. She has held many leadership positions at UTS: Deputy Dean of Graduate Research School, Director of the research centre for Human-Centred Technology Design, Director of Women in Engineering and IT, and Associate Dean. Before joining academia, she worked in the software industry in the UK and Australia as a programmer, software engineer, analyst, consultant, and project manager.

Her academic research was focused on improving software development processes and products. In particular, she has focused on communication-rich, multidisciplinary activities of software development, referred to as Requirements Engineering (RE). She is an expert in "Evidence-based" and “Human human-centred design” research paradigms as well as Socio-technical aspects of software development. She has supervised many research students to completion of PhD and MSc in Australia and internationally.

Prof Zowghi has served on the program committee of many national and international conferences, including the IEEE International Conference on Requirements Engineering (since 1998). She was its General Chair in 2010, Program Chair in 2015, and Steering Committee Chair (2016-2018). She received the IEEE Lifetime Service Award in 2019 for her dedication and leadership in her research community and the IEEE Computer Society's Distinguished Educator Award in 2022. She has published over 230 research articles in prestigious conferences and journals and has co-authored papers with over 140 scholars from 40+ countries.

Her current research focuses on the intersection of diversity, ethics, and AI, exploring innovative approaches to mitigate biases and promote inclusivity in AI systems. Her work emphasises the importance of diverse voices in shaping AI technologies to ensure fair and just outcomes for all.


  • Aldeida Aleti (aldeida.aleti@monash.edu), Monash University, Australia
  • Bing Xue (bing.xue@vuw.ac.nz), Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand