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Women in CSEE

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Nearly three quarters of the personnel working at Bletchley Park were women. Women programmers helped put men on the moon. Professor Dame Ann Dowling became the first woman President of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2014.

Women have been computer scientists and engineers for centuries. They continue to make essential contributions to the fields, from computer game development, network security, and machine learning, through to signal processing, and digital system design.

At Essex we know that women have plenty to contribute to computer science and engineering. Without diversity there can be no innovation. The next breakthrough in artificial intelligence, or the next development in assistive technology, may come from women. But only if women have the support to study these areas at university.

We want to do our part to help women progress in our tech-dominated world. Are you ready to take the next step with us?

Dr Alba Garcia Seco De Herrera, Lecturer at the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
I am a lecturer at CSEE and my research interests lie primarily in the area of biomedical computer vision, i.e., seeking automated understanding of visual information in biomedical images. I am one of the founders and organizers of the WCSEE group. We aim at changing the ratio in STEM and inspiring and encouraging the new generation of women studying at our school.
Dr Alba Garcia Seco De Herrera Lecturer, School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

Why Essex?

Our School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE) offers a range of degrees for the aspiring engineer or computer scientist. We encourage our students to come up with creative new ways to solve problems while developing their technical expertise. Our work has real-world impact. Our research enables the police to use drones to find missing persons. Our 'Nevermind' app aims to help people cope with daily stressful situations. Our robotics group is studying the potential for robots to save people from loneliness.

Our Women in CSEE group supports women across all levels of our School. The group meets regularly during term-time, and previous speakers have included Professor Maria Fasli who discussed her career in computer and data science. Our academics are keen to act as mentors for women students looking for a future in computing and engineering.

Whatever path you choose we're here to help you gain the skills and experience you need.

We Are Essex

Women in our School do some amazing things.

Read our We Are Essex stories to learn about their life, their Essex experience and what they want to do in the future. We've handpicked a few to get your started.

Meet some of the women in CSEE

"Nobody in my big Italian family had a degree..."

Since I was in secondary school I had a passion for “understanding things”, and I started at a young age dreaming of becoming a scientist. However, at that time I didn’t know what exactly that meant and actually I thought that it wasn’t really possible, just one of those things you can only dream about! Nobody in my big Italian family had a degree, and I was never taught to be ambitious…It took me quite a few years to realise that it was actually possible to become a scientist!

As I was (and still am) very fascinated by human and animal behaviour, I ended up studying psychology at the University of Padova, in Italy. There I discovered that studying behaviour also means understanding the brain, so I gradually moved to the neurosciences, and completed a master and then a PhD at the University of Birmingham (UK).

Events in life and opportunities took me to Essex University, where I started working as a researcher and where I gradually expanded my research work to the areas of Brain-Computer Interfaces and, more recently, AI for cognitive augmentation. These are both highly interdisciplinary areas, spanning across neuroscience, psychology, engineering, computer science, statistics and much more.

I am now a Lecturer in Brain Sciences and Neural Engineering in CSEE, where I work and interact with people with many different backgrounds, which can be challenging but rewarding at the same time as I learn new things all the time.

When I look at young people who are about to make important choices in their life, I want to tell them: “be ambitious, creative, adventurous and open minded, work hard and follow your dreams!”.

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Dr Ana Matran-Fernadez Artificial Intelligence Industry Fellow
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Dr Alba Garcia Lecturer
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