Introducing the speakers at the BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium 2014

This is a guest blog from Hannah Dee, lecturer in computer science at Aberystwyth University and BCSWomen deputy chair.

One of the things we love to do at The Lovelace is to put together a range of speakers that showcase the amazing careers women can have in computing, and the many different routes available to us. This year we’ve got a superb lineup, with industry, academia, research, marketing, outreach, interaction and mobile… in just 5 speakers. Let me introduce them. 

Anne Marie Imafidon, Stemettes : “How to lean in, when you’re not Sheryl Sandberg – a look at some of the best ways to start your career in computing”.

A-Marie works in Technology at a bank by day, and encourages girls to explore Science & Techno careers by night. She has always been interested in business, Maths and technology. Her rather unique set of achievements include holding the current world record for the youngest girl ever to pass A-level computing (aged 11), being named on Evening Standard’s recent list of ’25 under 25s’ & a Guardian ‘Top 10 women in tech you need to know’ and being one of the youngest to be awarded a Masters’ degree in Mathematics and Computer Science by the University of Oxford, aged 20. She was also named the UK IT Industry & British Computer Society’s Young IT Professional of the Year in 2013.

Prof Rachel McCrindle, University of Reading: “Gamification for learning and rehabilitation”

Rachel is Professor of Computer and Human Interaction and Director of Enterprise for the School of Systems Engineering at the University of Reading, but she hasn’t always been into computers. She has a BSc in Botany from Liverpool University, an MSc with Distinction in Information Technology for Manufacture from Warwick University and a PhD in Computer Science from Durham University. Her research centers around human computer interaction and human factors, addressing the impact of human behaviour, abilities, limitations and other characteristics on product and service design. Recently she’s been looking into the use of gamification for teaching and learning and for stroke and other traumatic brain injury rehabilitation. She’s won lots of grants and awards, for both research and teaching.

Dr Jane Haslam: Senior Computer Vision Scientist, VICON Motion Systems Ltd: “Computer vision in industry”

Jane is a Senior Computer Vision Scientist at VICON Motion Systems Ltd. She has a BA in Physics and Theoretical Physics from Cambridge University and a PhD in Medical Image Analysis from Manchester University. She has spent the best part of 20 years working on computer vision / image analysis R&D problems for a number of different companies, in a mixture of hands-on and technical management roles. She is currently enjoying working on Vicon’s new facial motion capture system: Cara, and remembers learning to program for the first time in the early 1980s on a Sinclair ZX81.

Rebecca Little, Head of Strategic Alliances and Digital, ResourceiT Consulting Ltd:  “Adventures in digital marketing”

Bio: Rebecca is a rapidly rising star in the IT business sector.  At just 27 years old she has achieved a Senior position with one of the most respected Marketing Consultancies in the IT sector where she directly manages the Microsoft Business Practice and has pioneered the development of the Digital services portfolio.  Driven, focused and creative Rebecca consistently strives for successful results and is an inspiration to her generation.

Cate Huston, Google : “Distractedly Intimate: Your Users on Mobile”.

Cate escaped from graduate school to be a Software Engineer at Google, where she’s focused on a variety of mobile experiences over the last 3 years including GMail, Google Docs, Maps and now Ads. She used to be an international hobo, teaching programming in the US and in Shanghai, training in martial arts in China, qualifying as a ski instructor in Canada, and aimlessly wandering around Europe. After nearly 7 years as an expat, she’s now readjusting to life in London. 

SO how do you get to see this amazing lineup? Well if you’re a woman studying computing, or a related discipline, in a UK university, then enter our poster contest. http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/cs/lovelace-colloquium/colloquium2014/abstracts/ is the call for abstract page; we’re asking for a 250 word description of your poster now (and then you turn up on the day with the poster). IF you don’t want to do a poster or enter the contest, we’ll open up general registration nearer the day (16 April, Reading).

 

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