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IEEE UK & Ireland Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee Online Forum | Engineering and Women’s Health

The IEEE UK and Ireland Diversity, Equity and Inclusion local group is launching DEI forum to showcase engineering research, innovations and practices that contribute to the advancement of knowledge and innovations to address DEI challenges. We are delighted to invite you to the first online DEI forum titled Engineering and Women’s Health to mark International Women in Engineering Day.

Keynote 1

Image-based Endometriosis Diagnosis by Prof Gustavo Carneiro, University of Surrey

About the Speaker

Gustavo Carneiro is a Professor of AI and Machine Learning at the University of Surrey, UK. From 2019 to 2022, he was a Professor at the School of Computer Science at the University of Adelaide, an ARC Future Fellow, and the Director of Medical Machine Learning at the Australian Institute of Machine Learning. He joined the University of Adelaide as a senior lecturer in 2011, has become an associate professor in 2015 and a professor in 2019. In 2014 and 2019, he joined the Technical University of Munich as a visiting professor and a Humboldt fellow.

From 2008 to 2011, Prof. Carneiro was a Marie Curie IIF fellow and a visiting assistant professor at the Instituto Superior Tecnico (Lisbon, Portugal) within the Carnegie Mellon University-Portugal program (CMU-Portugal). From 2006 to 2008, Prof Carneiro was a research scientist at Siemens Corporate Research in Princeton, USA.

In 2005, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia and at the University of California San Diego. Prof Carneiro received his PhD in computer science from the University of Toronto in 2004.

Keynote 2

In vitro microfluidic models and devices for human reproductive biology and fertility

About the Speaker

Dr Virginia Pensabene is an Associate Professor in Electronics and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Leeds.  She holds a PhD in Humanoid Technologies from the University of Genova and the Italian Institute of Technology.

In 2003 she founded a successful medical start-up (WinMedical) and served as CEO for 2 years.  She was Exchange Researcher at the Department of Life Science Medicine Bioscience of TWIns, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan in 2008, working on ultrathin polymeric films for biomedical applications. From 2011 to 2016 she worked as Postdoctoral Research Associate and as Research Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University, Nashville (TN, USA), where she started her research in the field of organ-on-a-chip and developed models of the blood brain barrier, the human endometrium and the foetal membranes for reproductive toxicology studies.

Her research at Leeds is focused now on integrated microfluidic devices to develop organ-on-a-chip models of reproductive organs and has been sponsored by the European Research Council, by UK national research councils (UKRI, MRC, EPSRC, Wellcome Trust and NC3Rs). Her research interest focuses on the pathophysiology of infertility and pregnancy failure, and she applies her engineering background to develop enabling technologies (such microfluidic tools and sensors) for assisted reproductive treatment.

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