School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

Women in CSEE

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Our School is taking positive steps to develop a strong community of female scientists working at all levels in research, education and leadership.

Showcasing our female staff

Academic Staff

Dr Arsenia (Ersi) Chorti

Arsenia Chorti is a Lecturer on Communications and Networks at CSEE since 2013. She obtained her PhD from Imperial College London and held postdoctoral positions at the University of Southampton, University College London and a Senior Lecturer position on Communications at Middlesex University.

Before her appointment at CSEE she was an IOF Marie Curie fellow at Princeton University, where she still serves as a visiting scholar. Her work has been disseminated in more than 50 international journals and conferences. Her research interests include, among others, next generation communication systems (5G, IoT), physical layer security, energy harvesting, wireless network coding. 

Since her postdoctoral years Dr. Chorti has shown an interest on the issues of gender equality and work-life balance for female academics in EE and CS. She was a junior participant in the 1st Women’s Workshop in Communications and Signal Processing (WWCSP) in Banff, Canada in 2012. She was on the organizing committee of the 2nd WWCSP held in Princeton University in 2013 and on the Program Committee of the womENcourage workshop held in Linz Austria in 2016.

In 2015 she went on maternity leave and returned full-time at her post in 2016. She is a member of the Women in Communication Engineering (WICE) group of IEEE ComSoc, the Women’s Security Society in the UK and is currently serving on the CSEE Athena Swan Committee.

Professor Maria Fasli

Professor Maria Fasli is the Director of the interdisciplinary Institute for Analytics and Data Science at the University of Essex. She was Head of the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering between August 2009 and December 2014.

Her research interests lie in the area of artificial intelligence, modelling and (machine) learning from data (structured and unstructured), personalisation and recommendation techniques, modelling and simulation of complex systems through multi-agent system techniques as well as applications of agent-based systems in electronic commerce.

She has published over 100 refereed articles in major journals, conferences and workshops in these areas and she has organised international workshops and other events.

She leads the Methodological Stream for Big Data Analytics in the ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre.She is currently the investigator on two further InnovateUK/EPSRC funded projects on data analytics and exploration and an ESRC-funded project under the Civil Society Data Partnership Call with the Charity Freedom from Torture (FfT) to support them in the development of big data infrastructure and systems.

She also has interests in innovative approaches to education and learning and in 2005 she was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy (UK) for her innovative approaches to education. She is the author of “Agent Technology for e-Commerce” a research-based textbook published by Wiley (2007).

Dr Jialin Liu

Jialin's research interests include AI and games, Noisy Optimisation and Algorithm Selection. She is currently working on applications of artificial intelligence in games, in particular in general game playing.

She graduated with a PhD in Computer Science in December 2015, following degrees in Opto-electronic Information Engineering and Computer Science (Network, Artificial Intelligence) and a Masters in Bioinformatics and Biostatistics.

Ana Matrán-Fernández

Ana Matrán-Fernández is a PhD student in completion and an SRO in the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering. Her research is in collaborative Brain-Computer Interfaces, particularly in different ways of merging neural signals from multiple users. Her interest scope includes neural interfaces, machine learning and biomedical signal processing.

During her studies at the University of Essex, she has been involved as a research officer in several projects, gained teaching experience as a GLA/GTA, taken up teacher training courses, and become an associate fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She also co-founded a start-up (EyeWink), co-led two crowdfunding campaigns and is currently the team leader of a group that will soon be participating in an international competition for the disabled (Cybathlon 2016) in the brain-computer interface discipline.

Dr Anasol Peña-Rios

Anasol is a Postdoctoral Researcher (KTP Associate) within the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering at the University of Essex, and a Research Fellow at British Telecom Research Labs in Adastral Park, UK.

Her research interests lie in the areas of mixed, augmented and virtual reality, ambient intelligence, internet-of-things, cyber-physical systems, computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL), and HCI. Currently, her research focuses in the advancement of solutions for real-time support, collaboration and training via immersive technologies; embedding knowledge of computational intelligence, augmented reality and intelligent environments.

She graduated with a PhD in Computer Science and a M.Sc. in Advanced Web Engineering, both from the University of Essex, and has more than 5 years of professional experience in financial institutions and retail companies, working in close collaboration with international multidisciplinary teams.

She is Board Member and co-founder of the Immersive Learning Research Network, Associate Editor for MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching) Computer Science Task Force, Information Officer at the Creative Science Foundation, Associate Member of the Association for Learning Technology and Member of IEEE, ACM and BCS. Additionally, she works actively in several conferences, workshops, and journals.

Graduate Laboratory Assistant (GLA) Staff

Edita Gashi

Edita Gashi is a PhD student in the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering. Her research is in Information Centric Networking, particularly in forwarding algorithms within PURSUIT project. Her interest scope includes : Computer Networks, ICN, Traffic Engineering, MPLS , Protection in Routing and Cloud Computing.

During her studies at the University of Essex, she gained teaching experience as a GLA/GTA, took up teacher training courses, and obtained her Cadenza qualification. She also trained to become a Cisco Instructor for CCNA 1 – 4.This made it possible for her to teach at Colchester Institute, ranging from BTEC courses to BSc level modules.

Naseem Ramli

Naseem Ramli is a PhD student in the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering. Her research has resulted in the invention and realization of demonstrators of three new techniques which could change the landscape of solar photovoltaic technology. Her interests span the areas of Photovoltaic Power Optimisations, Solar Power Generation and Electronic Circuit Designs.

She believes that embarking on a postgraduate research degree can be challenging in terms of balancing studies, term-time work and family commitments but it can certainly be achievable with a few strategies and good time management. During her PGR studies at the University of Essex, Naseem gained teaching experience as a GLA, completing all the essential teaching training. She was also trained to become an exam invigilator at the University of Essex in 2013.

Salma Alarefi

Salma Alarefi is a PhD student in the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering. Her research in Renewable Energy has resulted in the invention of a cutting-edge technology which contributes towards hydropower micro-generation.

She has invented a micro-leak detection system for domestic applications could significantly reduce water wastage. Her interests include: Hydropower, Microgeneration, Water Leakage Detection and Electronic Circuit Design.

During her postgraduate studies at the University of Essex, she has gained teaching experience as a GLA, actively engaged in volunteering activities within CSEE and with the Students’ Union and completed the Big Essex employability award. In 2015, Salma took part in the Women in Engineering Day at Essex. She has worked as an invigilator with the Exam Office and has recently been trained to become a senior exam invigilator.