IEEE Secure Development Conference

September 28 - 30, 2020
Virtual Conference

Sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Security and Privacy



Posted on: September 23rd, 2020 by Neil Gong

Danfeng (Daphne) Yao
Virginia Tech

Impostor Syndrome, Anxiety, and this Tech Profession

Abstract: Impostor syndrome and anxiety are often under-discussed topics in our tech community. How do people with impostor syndrome feel? How does the condition impact work? How to overcome the problem? Understanding these mental challenges will greatly benefit the broad computing and information technology community, especially entry- or mid-career professionals, and graduate students. The speaker will share her intimate personal research experiences and uses them to illustrate impostor syndrome‚Äôs complexity and its devastating effect on research persistence, as well as the need for the community to collectively understand the issue — beyond simple self-help tips.