Women at Oxford - Achievements
The women in our department regularly have achievements to celebrate. They win prestigious awards, complete high quality research, present winning papers at conferences, publish books, and offer support to others and charities. Below is a selection of our news stories featuring women from our website news page.
New human heart model set to boost future cardiac research and therapies
Dr Jakub Tomek from the Department of Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics, and Professor Blanca Rodriguez's Computational Cardiovascular Science Team at the Department of Computer Science have developed a new computer model that recreates the electrical activity of the ventricles in a human heart. In doing so, they have uncovered and resolved theoretical inconsistencies that have been present in almost all models of the heart from the last 25 years and created a new human heart model that could enable more basic, translational and clinical research into a range of heart diseases and potentially accelerate the development of new therapies. Read the full news here.
Niki Trigoni wins CTO of the year award at Women in IT Awards London 2020
The winners of the sixth annual Women in IT Awards London 2020 have been revealed at a gala ceremony in Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane. The awards, organised by Information Age and DiversityQ in partnership with Amazon Web Services, serve to showcase the achievements and innovation of women in technology and identify new role models in a sector where female representation stands at only 19%. Niki won her award in recognition for her role as (founder and) Chief Technical Officer at spinout company Navenio. Read the full news here.
In silico heart research making an impact
The VPH (Virtual Physiological Human) Institute, has chosen to highligh research by Blanca Rodriguez, Alfonso Bueno-Orovio and their team as one of their success stories on how computational techniques may improve patient care. The research is helping to identify a group of patients with Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM - the most common genetic heart disease) who may show no symptoms but who are at high risk of death. Read the full news here.
Oxford Women in Computer Science Society collaborates with Zilliqa to bring diversity to the forefront of Blockchain
Of blockchain and cryptocurrency projects founded between 2012 to 2018, only 8.5% had a woman as a founder or co-founder, according to a survey conducted by American news organisation, Quartz. As a response to this, Zilliqa, a high-throughput public blockchain platform, is launching the return of Blockchain A-Z, a series of blockchain education workshops, this time with the University of Oxford. Read the full news here.
LegalTech startup Genie AI raises £2M to empower lawyers with collective knowledge
Genie AI, a LegalTech startup working to make knowledge more accessible to lawyers, has announced it raised a £1.2 million seed round and has won an £800K grant from UK Research and Innovation. The company's intelligent contract editor, 'SuperDrafter', is currently piloting with law firms Clifford Chance, Pinsent Masons and Withers. Read the full news here.
Klaudia Krawiecka awarded Google Women Techmakers Scholarship
Computer Science DPhil student Klaudia Krawieckahas been awarded a 2019 Google Women Techmakers Scholarship. She will receive a 7,000 EUR scholarship, and will attend the Google Scholarship Retreat in London. Through the Women Techmakers Scholars Program - formerly the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship Program - Google is furthering Dr. Anita Borg’s vision of creating gender equality in the field of computer science by encouraging women to excel in computing and technology and become active leaders and role models in the field. Read the full news here.
Prof. Marta Kwiatkowska one of five Oxford academics elected as Fellows of the Royal Society
Prof. Marta Kwiatkowska is one of five eminent Oxford scientists who have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society for their exceptional contributions to science. The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship made up of the most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists from the UK and the Commonwealth. Fellows and Foreign Members are elected for life through a peer review process on the basis of excellence in science. Read the full news here.
Prof. Marta Kwiatkowska has been awarded a five year 2.4m euro ERC Advanced Grant FUN2MODEL
Prof. Marta Kwiatkowska has been awarded a five year 2.4m euro ERC Advanced Grant FUN2MODEL: From FUNction-based TO MOdel-based automated probabilistic reasoning for DEep Learning. She is one of 222 scientists given awards in a €540 million EU investment to boost cutting-edge research. Read the full news here.
Team wins Distinguished Poster Presentation award at the 2019 Network and Distributed System Security Symposium
A team including Department of Computer Science's Mariam Nouh, Helena Webb, and Michael Goldsmith, with Jason R C Nurse (University of Kent) has won a Distinguished Poster Presentation award at the 2019 Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS). Read the full news here.
WCIT Outstanding IT Student Awards 2019
Department of Computer Science student Catherine Vlasov was a finalist in the WCIT Outstanding Information Technology Student Awards 2019. The awards were created to recognise outstanding undergraduate and postgraduate IT students within the UK. Read the full news here.
Prof. Marina Jirotka awarded an Established Career Digital Economy Fellowship by EPSRC
Professor Marina Jirotka has been awarded a 5 year Established Career Digital Economy Fellowship by EPSRC. The Fellowship project, titled RoboTIPS: Developing Responsible Robots for the Digital Economy, aims to develop a new approach to responsible innovation (RI) in the context of trustworthy and secure technologies. Read the full news here.
Prof. Blanca Rodriguez receives new Wellcome Trust funding for computational cardiovascular research
Professor Blanca Rodriguez is the recipient of a substantial award (£1.6 million) from the Wellcome Trust that funds new research within her Computational Cardiovascular Science team at Oxford and at the Barts Hospital in London. The funding is a renewal of Blanca’s Wellcome Senior Research Fellowship. Read the full news here.
Prof. Blanca Rodriguez recognised with two Fellowships
Professor Blanca Rodriguez has been elected Fellow of the European Alliance for Medical and Biological Engineering (EAMBES), and Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). Read the full news here.
Prof. Sadie Creese named in UK top 50 list of women in Cyber Security
Congratulations to Prof. Sadie Creese, who has been named as one of the 50 most influential women working in cyber security in the UK 2018. Each year SC Media UK highlights 50 women in Europe who are impacting cyber security in the UK. They are women who are helping to pave the way for their peers either through being a campaigner for the cause of women in security, or simply being at the top of their field. Read the full news here.
Coco Platform wins accolade at No Magic World Symposium
Senior Research Fellow Philippa Hopcroft and Senior Researcher Thomas Gibson-Robinson won an award for the Coco Platform plugin for MagicDraw at this year's No Magic World Symposium in Dallas. They received the 'Cameo Award for Modelling, Simulation & Analysis Excellence 2018' at the symposium, where Philippa and Thomas also gave a demo of the system, and Philippa gave a talk as an invited speaker. Read the full news here.
Report finds quantum technologies engage the public
The results of a public dialogue on quantum technologies (QTs), commissioned by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), have just been published. The department's Professor Marina Jirotka is on the oversight board for this public dialogue project. Read the full news here.
Maria Vanina Martinez in 'AI's 10 to Watch' list for 2018
Maria Vanina Martinez, a former researcher in the department, has been included in IEEE Intelligent System's 'AI's 10 to Watch' list for 2018. This award recognises young scientists (who earned their PhDs within the last five years) for their contributions to the field of Artificial Intelligence early in their careers. Read the full news here.
Students demonstrate carbon footprint project at House of Lords
Undergraduates from the department showcased their project work at the House of Lords, as part of a launch event for a tool that predicts the cleanliness of the electricity supply. The event showcased new approaches to de-carbonising the electricity grid, with the Oxford student team invited to demonstrate its second-year Computer Science Group Design Practical work, which National Grid had sponsored. Read the full news here.
Online tool to help establish trust in AI
In order to gain the public’s trust in artificial intelligence (AI) online systems, Oxford will be leading a project to develop a tool that allows users to evaluate and critique algorithms. Read the full news here.
Three winners at the Student-Led Teaching Awards
The quality of the department’s teaching and support staff was recognised at the Student-Led Teaching Awards on 10 May 2018. Read the full news here.
Oxford team makes semi-finals at Cyber 9/12 policy competition
A team of four cyber security DPhil students made the semi-finals at Cyber 9/12, an Atlantic Council policy competition held in London in February 2018. Erin Chapman, Mariam Nouh, Jantje Siloman, and Andrew Dwyer, all from the Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security, also won the award for the best policy brief which outlined cyber security policy recommendations. Read the full news here.
Professor Marina Jirotka joins UKCRC
The department's Professor Marina Jirotka has been elected to the UK Computing Research Community (UKCRC), a highly selective grouping of the UK's leading computing academics. Read the full news here.
Alumna Anne-Marie Imafidon wins role model award
Department alumna Anne-Marie Imafidon won the Role Model of the Year prize at Booking.com’s inaugural Technology Playmaker Awards on 8 March 2018. Read the full news here.
International 3Rs prize goes to human-based computer models which could replace animal testing
The National Centre for the 3Rs (NC3Rs) – an organisation dedicated to replacing, refining and reducing the use of animals in research and testing – has awarded its top prize for a research paper by a team from the Department of Computer of Science. Read the full news here.
Work by Professors Ursula Martin and Blanca Rodriguez rewarded with Impact Awards
Two of the department’s professors – Ursula Martin and Blanca Rodriguez – have been chosen to receive Impact Awards by the Mathematical, Physical, Engineering and Life Sciences (MPLS) Division at the University of Oxford. Read the full news here.