The ceremony of the 2019 edition of Ada Byron Award to women technologists took place during the Deusto ForoTech at the University of Deusto, in Bilbao, last 16 May. In the last five years, the Ada Byron Award recognised the work of remarkable Spanish women in science and technology with the objective of fostering the participation of women in such areas.
The prize was awarded in two categories. In the ‘absolute’ category, the awardee was Concha Monje, a researcher at the University Carlos III de Madrid who has been dedicated to building a humanoid robot called TEO. Concha defends that, with the same size and weight of a human body, robots like TEO have the potential of making our lives easier by accompanying and assisting humans.
The Ada Byron Award for young women technologists was awarded to Ana María Freire, who works at the Faculty of Engineering of Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Barcelona and who has been doing an important work of attracting young women to science and technology. Her research focuses on the analysis of data for social ends, like the sustainability of search engines and the analysis of social networks to detect mental illness.
For further information about the Ada Byron Award, please consult this page.