Monday, August 13, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:50am
KEC 1007

Speaker Information

Anicia Peters
Executive Dean
Faculty of Computing and Informatics
Namibia University of Science and Technology

Abstract

Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is a world-wide phenomena that occurs regardless of economic status, race, sexual orientation, religion, ages, nationality, etc.  In Namibia, in particular, reports of GBV have increased dramatically over the last years. The seriousness of the issue has reached the highest levels of government and a national campaign is conducted.

However, while the phenomena is being researched, but past interventions yielded little success, so the national campaign might risk being another awareness campaign. We are exploring the power of technology as intervention tool.  We have developed an explorative technology installation to provoke and trigger transformation while simultaneously collecting essential data to inform future interventions. We created an African hut with traditional cultural artifacts and a role-playing application to stimulate conversation, raise awareness and influence behavior.

Speaker Bio

Dr Anicia Peters is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Computing and Informatics at the Namibia University of Science and Technology. Currently her research work focuses on citizen-centric e-government systems, social computing and gender in technology. She obtained both her PhD and MSc degrees in Human Computer Interaction at Iowa State University in the United States. She completed her PhD under a Fulbright International Science and Technology Award and a Schlumberger Faculty for the Future Women in Science fellowship. Anicia earned two undergraduate degrees (cum laude) from the Namibia University of Science and Technology. She also received a Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship in 2012 and several research awards. She has diverse work experiences ranging from developing and implementing government-wide software and systems, designing and implementing gender mainstreaming interventions, lecturing in Computer Science to being a Dean. She has also interned as a User Experience Researcher at Intuit in Silicon Valley and was a postdoctoral scholar at Oregon State University with Professor Margaret Burnett. She worked on the GenderMag method at OSU. In Namibia, she started the Namibia Women in Computing Society and 3 chapters of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) including a SIGCHI and an ACM_W chapter. Anicia also initiated and co-chaired the inaugural Africa Human Computer Interaction Conference (AfriCHI) in Nairobi, Kenya in November 2016 and serve as special advisor to AfriCHI2018 to be held in Windhoek, Namibia from 3-7 December 2018. In 2017, she was featured as one of twenty prominent personalities in Namibia’s Who’s Who for 2017. She is also one of 10 African Women in Technology Rolemodels across Africa whose stories are video showcased as inspiration to young girls across Africa. Anicia is currently the Vice-Chair on the Board of Directors for the Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) and a Council member on the Namibia Council for Higher Education (NCHE). She further serves as a board member of the Internet Society Namibia Chapter. In June 2018, her University hosted the Women in Science (WiSci) Girls in STEAM camp for 100 high school girls aged 15-18 years from the US and four countries across Africa. The camp was funded by the US State Department and curriculum taught by partners such as Google, Intel, NASA, GirlUp and her own University. In addition to being a Dean, Board member, Technologists, Researcher and Community Volunteer, she and her husband are parents to four girls and caring for another two girls. Anicia’s oldest daughter majors in Statistics at Iowa State University in the US.