Dr Hannah Dee, a Computer Science lecturer at Aberystwyth University, has been named by Computer Weekly as the tenth most influential woman in UK computing.
Dr Dee is deputy chair of BCSWomen, the Chartered Institute for IT’s group for women, and is recognised for her work in establishing the BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium, the UK’s main conference for female undergraduates which is now in its seventh year.
Her research areas are computer vision for the analysis of human behaviour, the detection of shadows and reasoning about shadows, and student attitudes to the study of computer science.
Dr Dee is the highest ranked academic on the list, which is in its fourth year.
She appears alongside such notable figures as Joanna Shields, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Culture Media and Sport and Digital Economy Advisor to the Prime Minister, and Trudy Norris-Grey, managing director of Microsoft’s public sector business in Central and Eastern Europe.
Responding to the announcement, Dr Hannah Dee said: “I was amazed to make the shortlist to be honest, I was checking twitter every now and then and when I saw who placed in the 21-50 spots I was fairly sure I’d not made the top 50 this year. Then my phone went mental…buzz buzz buzz across the table. I think I’m the highest placed academic this year, which is nuts. Nice, but nuts.”
Dr Bernie Tiddeman, Head of the Department of Computer Science said: “We are hugely proud that Hannah’s made the top 10 this year. She is a fantastic asset to the department, a very popular lecturer in her teaching role as well as a first class researcher. And as if that wasn’t enough she does an enormous amount of external / outreach work, including organising the BCS Women’s annual Lovelace Colloquium and recently being a leading organiser of the world record Appathon attempt.
“Whilst on “holiday” recently in Malawi, she found time to run some computing courses in a local school, even though they only had one computer that was kept locked in the heads office! That sort of sums up her attitude, very active and very passionate about her subject. So well done Hannah, well deserved!”
Hannah is also a big fan of robots with googly eyes!
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