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Stacey Jeffery: A Primer on Quantum Algorithms

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Felienne Hermans: Who is programming for?

Programming has suffered from very low diversity for a long time, especially with respect to gender. Numerous reasons can be found for that, from discrimination of women to a lack of role models. One aspect that has not been studied so extensively is how we teach, and what contexts and examples we use in teaching. In this talk Felienne will explore teaching programming for kids and how it could be more more inclusive.

Alexander Serebrenik: Gender in open-source software development

In this talk I will provide a brief overview of several recent studies of gender and gender diversity in software development teams. Our main findings:

Joyce Westerink: Estimating stress-induced cortisol variations from skin conductance measurements

In search for a stress indicator that can be used to monitor stress with wearables, we investigated the effect of psychological stress on skin conductance, which is known to be almost instantaneous. In addition, we looked at the effect of stress on the stress hormone cortisol, which is known to peak about 20-30 min later. Then, the relation between the two effects was modeled as a convolution of the height of the skin conductance peaks with the cortisol stress response curve. We used it as a skin conductance-derived estimate of stress-induced cortisol. In a first experiment to validate this model we compared the stress-induced cortisol estimates with cortisol levels actually measured in saliva samples. Forty-six participants completed a series of stressful, boring, and performance tasks, while skin conductance was measured continuously and salivary cortisol samples were taken at regular intervals. We divided subjects in high-cortisol responders and low-cortisol responders according to their increase or decrease in measured salivary cortisol during the stressful task. For both groups, we found that the correlation between the skin conductance-based stress-induced cortisol estimates on the one hand and the measured salivary cortisol on the other hand, were substantial. In addition, we calculated the (Fisher-corrected) mean within-participant correlation between these variables, and found it to be 0.48. We conclude that these results underwrite the use of the skin conductance-based stress-induced cortisol estimates as a stress indicator reflecting in-body cortisol levels.