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Vidya Setlur
 Principal Research Scientist at
Nokia since 2005.
 Graduated from Northwestern
University with a Ph.D. in
computer graphics.
 Research interests – visual
interfaces, semantic graphics and
visualization
 Hobbies – classical Indian
dance, cooking, gardening and
interior design
 Happily married with two
young boys
Choose your priorities
• At any given moment, you may not find
the optimal balance and that’s ok.
• Create a to-do list with roughly equal
number of professional and personal
goals
• Reward yourself for goals met
• Exercise and de-stress
• Try to make the best of the situation
• Watch Randy Pausch’s Time
Management Lecture on YouTube
Daphne Koller – work
• Grew up in Israel
• BSc and MSc at Hebrew University,
PhD at Stanford, Postdoc at Berkeley
• Assistant, Associate, Full Professor at
Stanford University
• Research in machine learning, vision,
probabilistic models, bioinformatics
Daphne Koller – Life
• Husband of 20 years: engineer,
entrepeneur, VC
• Daughters, 6 & 8
Daphne’s tips from the trenches
• Choose a supportive partner
• Spend time with your kids: you won’t have
many years to do that
• Take time for things that are important to
you (vacations, exercise, reading)
• Delegate, at work and at home: It’s OK to
get (and pay for) help!
• Fight perfectionism
• Reduce wasted time
• David Allen’s “Getting things done”
• Just say no
Fatma Mili – who am I?
• 25 years in Academia, most of it OU
(Michigan), Professor, Associate Dean,
Chair
• Formal Methods in Computing, Distributed
Computing, Gaming in Education
• Broadening participation in computing an
important component of everything I do
• Husband of 26 years, 20-year old daughter
and 17-year old son.
• Grew up in Tunisia; studied in Tunisia and
France
Fatma’s tips from the trenches
• Do what you enjoy; enjoy what you
do.
• No matter how busy, reserve some
time to take care of yourself and
enjoy some selfish activity.
• Nurture and diversify your
relationships at work.
• You often have much more impact on
others than you think.
Susanne Hambrusch
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Grew up in Vienna, Austria
Dipl. Ing. from Technical University of Vienna
Ph.D. from Penn State (all degrees in CS)
Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor at
Purdue University
• Research in algorithms, parallel and
distributed computing, query processing,
computer science education
• Department Head 2002-2007
• currently on leave at NSF (CCF’s Division
Director)
Susanne …
• Married to a computer scientist (professor
in the same department)
• Two children (now 18 and 23)
Choose what to spend your time on
• Build your career and enjoy what you are
doing
• Learn to say no (“Let me think if I have
time to this”) and to accept what matters
to you
– Departmental committee, NSF panel, referee
request, student emergency, helping out
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Don’t be afraid to negotiate
Have your priority list and revise it
Document what you do
Let some things slide
Have a life
• Enjoy your family
• Have a backup system
– sick kids, snow days, elder care, etc
– unexpected work load
• Hire people to do tasks you don’t enjoy
– Housework, yard work
• Make time for friends, time for yourself
• Take care of your health
• Ask for help
Robin Jeffries – who am I?
• HCI researcher/practitioner
• Academic research (CMU), industry
research (HP), practice (Sun, Google)
• Grew up on a farm in Iowa
• PhD, married to a PhD in physics (for
40+ years)
• Two grown sons
What child rearing looks like
from the other side
Robin’s tips from the trenches
• Take charge of your career – no one else will.
• 2-body problems (whose job do we pursue?)
will work out in ways you don’t expect.
• What seems like a big problem today may
resolve itself – wait before acting.
• Make some family things sacred (for us it was
dinner together).
• Children are “only” 20ish years of your life.
Your partner and your work are part of you
longer.

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