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5 Oct 2017

Dr Eugénie Hunsicker to speak at Ada Lovelace Day Live!

Loughborough University academic Dr Eugénie Hunsicker is one of the speakers at Ada Lovelace Day Live! a ‘science cabaret’ event, celebrating the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

The event marks Ada Lovelace Day, an annual day that aims to increase the profile of women in STEM, encourage more girls into STEM careers and support women already working in STEM. It is named after Ada Lovelace, one of the first computer scientists, and often regarded as the first computer programmer.

Dr Hunsicker was invited to speak at the event by Ada Lovelace Day founder Suw Charman-Anderson after being contacted about the latter’s Finding Ada podcast, but she has always been passionate about promoting gender diversity in STEM.

“Since I was at university, I have been involved with activities to promote diversity,” Dr Hunsicker told us. “Especially gender diversity. For the past two years, I have been the chair of the London Mathematical Society Women in Mathematics Committee which was awarded the Royal Society’s first Athena Prize for its work to support diversity in STEM.”

“Suw Charman-Anderson first contacted me to see if I had any ideas of women mathematicians she could feature on her Finding Ada Podcast. After we talked for a few minutes and she asked me about my research on using geometry and statistics to analyse images, she wanted to hear more.  That led first to an invitation for an interview on the podcast (later this year—watch this space!) and then to an invitation to speak at this event.”

Finding Ada Live! will feature a wide range of women scientists talking about their work. Dr Hunsicker’s talk is titled “How close are two pictures?”

“Here I don’t mean how far apart have you hung them on the wall,” she explains. “I am talking about how different the things they represent are.”

“This is a question that is important in a wide range of applications, from biometric pictures to identifying weakness in nuclear reactor cores to diagnosing illnesses.  It turns out that geometry and statistics are the tools we need to answer this question.  I am really excited to talk about this work!  The hardest part for me will be sticking to just ten minutes!”

Ada Lovelace Day Live! is happening on Tuesday 10th October at Faraday Theatre at The Royal Institution, London and is described as an “entertaining evening of geekery, comedy and music suitable for everyone over the age of 12”.

For more information visit the website findingada.com