About the Conference

The College of Arts and Letters at Stevens Institute of Technology is pleased to invite you to participate in our upcoming conference celebrating the achievements and legacy of Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace (1815-1852), to be held on our scenic campus on 18 October 2013. Presenters will speak about Lovelace’s many achievements as well as the impact of her life and work, which reverberated through the sciences and humanities since the late nineteenth century. This conference heralds a recent resurgence in Lovelace scholarship thanks to the growth of interdisciplinary thinking and the expanding influence of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Our institute-wide commitment to the development of innovative thinking in a culture of collaboration makes Stevens an ideal venue for sharing ideas about Lovelace, a luminary figure whose life and works connect academics across disciplines and cultures. In addition, this conference reflects our dedication to fulfilling the mission of the College of Arts and Letters, which is, in part, “to advance research and scholarship at the intersection of science, technology, the arts, and the humanities […] through our unique and distinctive programs, centers, conferences and resources.” We anticipate an exciting, intellectually stimulating event attended by scholars, teachers, and students from around the world as we gather to explore this important thinker.

Featured Speakers

Our keynote speaker, Valerie Aurora, is Executive Director and co-founder of of The Ada Initiative, a non-profit collective founded in 2011 to promote women in open technology and culture. Aurora tirelessly helps women to get and stay involved in communities dedicated to changing the future of global society such as open source, open data, open education, and other areas of free and open technology and culture. She was recognized in 2011 as one of Femme-o-nomics Top 50 Women to Watch in Tech and, in 2012, she was cited as one of the 6 Most Influential Information Security Thinkers by SC Magazine. Aurora lives and works in San Francisco, California.

Our plenary speaker, Dr. Tom Misa, is Director of The Charles Babbage Institute. He is a historian specializing in the interactions of technology and modern culture and he has been active in the Society for the History of Technology, the international Tensions of Europe network, and several collaborative research and book projects. Dr. Misa is Professor in the History of Science and Technology at the University of Minnesota. His recent publications include: Gender Codes: Why Women are Leaving Computing. Editor (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley/IEEE Computer Society Press, 2010), Urban Machinery: Inside Modern European Cities. Co-edited with Mikael Hård (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2007), and Leonardo to the Internet: Technology and Culture from the Renaissance to the Present (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004).

Conference Anti-harassment Policy

“Ada Lovelace: An Interdisciplinary Conference Celebrating her Achievements and Legacy” is dedicated to a harassment-free conference experience for everyone. Our anti-harassment policy can be found at:
http://www.stevens.edu/provost/sites/default/files/Discrimination_and_Harassment_Policy_9mar2010p.pdf