The Winter School for Women 2019, on “Natural Language Processing (NLP) & Machine Learning (ML)”, organized by International Centre for Free and Open Source Software (ICFOSS) in collaboration with Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL) and co- sponsored by Kerala IT Mission, was held from Jan 15 th to 25 th 2019 at Club House, Technopark. The school convened women who were Post Graduate students, Research scholars, Faculty and Professionals from industry. The aim of the school was to improve women participation in FOSS communities as well as mould the individuals in the field of Natural Language Processing. The invited talks and hands-on sessions provided an opportunity for the participants to acquire individual attention of mentors and to develop network between themselves. The winter school encouraged the participants to come up with the best and brightest ideas in various areas of natural language processing and machine learning.


A total of 42 women participants attended the school, with 30 registered participants and 12 women researchers from ICFOSS as internal participants.

Event Outcome

The event involved the women community focussing on the academic and research development in the area of language processing. The participants were keen on presenting the project proposals and they positively took the suggestion to keep in contact with each other to develop the projects they came up with.

Detailed report can be found here