5 Feb 2018
VIDEO: Watch Dr Eugénie Hunsicker talk at Ada Lovelace Day Live! 2017
Loughborough University mathematician Dr Eugénie Hunsicker was one of the speakers at Ada Lovelace Day Live! -an ‘science cabaret’ event celebrating the achievements of women in STEM. She was invited to speak at the event by Ada Lovelace Day founder Suw Charman-Anderson after being contacted about the Charman-Anderson’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.”
Dr Hunsicker joined roboticist Dr Praminda Caleb-Solly, bioarchaeologist Dr Brenna Hassett, chemical engineering expert Yasmin Ali, science fiction author Tricia Sullivan, museum curator Miranda Lowe, paediatrician Prof Beate Kampmann, student Aphra Bennett, and compère Helen Arney to talk at the event which was described as an “entertaining evening of geekery, comedy and music suitable for everyone over the age of 12”.
Dr Hunsicker's talk was entitled "How close are two pictures?" and explores the use of mathematics to process and compare images.
"This is a question that is important in a wide range of applications, from biometric pictures to identifying weakeness in nuclear reactor cores to diagnosing illnesses. It turns out that geometry and statistics are the tools we need to answer this question," Dr Hunsicker explained.