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Seminario "Software Engineering Feminism"

Letizia Jaccheri
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Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Sala de Grados A (A-120), Escuela Politécnica Superior


Software engineering is a paradigm of human activities that incorporates our problem-solving capabilities, cognitive aspects, and social interaction. Software is an infrastructure of all industries and societies around the world, serving global users of all genders. The SE community has developed and is aiming to develop more advanced methods, techniques and tools for supporting quality approaches to software engineering and management. However, not only there is a current gender gap in both the development and operations of software products and services, but the community lacks knowledge, tools, measurements and even a language to quantify the problems and develop solutions. In 2023, internet users reached 5.3 billion, constituting 65.7% of the world population. About 70% of males and 63% of females globally use the internet, but merely 5.17% of the worldwide software developer population (27 millions) is women. Gender studies is a growing research topic in software engineering as it relates to the diversity and inclusion issues for performing and healthy teamwork. In the era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and increasing automation in the software industry, the role of humans is even more emphasized across age, culture and gender. However, the engagement of genders in Software Engineering is not uniform. It is important to address the gender gap in software engineering urgently when new AI intensive software systems are being created because there is a risk that AI generated software perpetuates sexist assumptions and ideologies. Feminism can be defined as both a theoretical perspective and a social movement aiming to diminish and ultimately eliminate sexist inequality and oppression. The concept of intersectionality explores the interconnectedness of social differences, including race, gender, class, ethnicity, sexuality, and nationality. Feminism draws attention to the systemic power dynamics emerging from the interaction of various dimensions of social difference across individual, institutional, cultural, and societal spheres of influence. This lecture will provide participants with a clear definition and understanding of Software Engineering and its intersection with intersectionality, which is certainly important for improving the quality of software products and processes. This work is partially supported by the EUGAIN COST Action CA19122 - European Network for Gender Balance in Informatics.

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Letizia Jaccheri (h-index: 34, 5099 cites. Source: Google Scholar) is a Professor at the Department of Computer Science of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway (www.ntnu.edu). Jaccheri has been teaching courses in software engineering at various levels and acted as one of the independent directors of Reply S.p.A (link reply.eu). From 2013 to 2017 she was department head for the Computer Science department at NTNU. She is ACM Distinguished speaker since 2018. She has got two gender equality prizes for her work to attract and retain women to computer science. Letizia Jaccheri has a long record of research leadership in interdisciplinary projects with a focus on gender and software engineering. She is involved in several research projects, and she leads the COST Action CA19122 Gender Balance in Informatics EUGAIN (eugain.eu) with 155 members from 39 European countries. Letizia has plans to continue to contribute to address the issue of diversity in software engineering. Profesor proponente EPS: Javier Gómez Escribano

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