BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium Programme 2023

For students who travel from farther afield we will have a social on the evening of the 11th – usually a small quiz, or mini-hackathon. This will be in Couch bar on Campo Lane, in central Sheffield.

On Wednesday April 12th, 2023, we will be in the Diamond Building, University of Sheffield, 32 Leavygreave Road, Sheffield S3 7RD

This Google Map :


has all the key locations marked, including tram stops.


0930+ registration, posters up
1000-1015 welcome1015-1115 Keynote from Gillian Arnold, incoming BCS President and CEO of Tectre1115-1145 coffee break 1145-1215 Tech / Careers talk from Mariana Fonseca1215-1245 Tech / Careers talk from Tristi Tanaka1245-1400 poster session I (lunch)
1400-1515 poster session II (coffee)
1515-1545 Tech / Careers talk from Diana Maynard
1545-1645 panel 1645-1700 Prizes   .

1730 + social and a wind-down after the day.

Speaker biographies:

Keynote speaker: Gillian Arnold

Gillian Arnold is the current president of the BCS, and has been a supporter of the BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium since the start. She gave our keynote in Bath, in 2012, when she was chair of BCSWomen, but as it’s been more than 10 years and she’s now president of the entire BCS organisation we thought we’d invite her back.

Gillian founded and runs her own IT Training and Diversity Recruitment company, Tectre, which helps women find technology roles. Before this she worked at IBM where she held senior tech, marketing, sales and consultancy roles.  As well as being president of BCS, she currently leads the CEPIS (Council of European Professional Informatics Societies) Women in Tech Taskforce, working across greater Europe. She has won numerous accolades for her work on Women in Tech including the 2012 Cisco/Everywoman In Technology award; Inclusion Inspiration of the year, an entry in the Computer Weekly Hall of Fame, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Bath.

Mariana Fonseca

Robotics Research Engineer from Ocado Technology

Mariana received her BS degree in Control and Automation Engineering from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil, in 2013. She participated in an exchange program at the Universidade do Porto (UP) in Portugal, attending an Integrated Master Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, in 2012. She completed her master’s and Ph.D. degrees with an emphasis on Control, Automation, and Robotics in 2017 and 2021, respectively, also at UFMG. Her master’s focused on whole-body modeling and hierarchical control of a humanoid robot based on dual quaternion algebra and her Ph.D. thesis was focused on closed-loop admittance and motion control strategies for safe robotic manipulation tasks subject to contacts. During her Ph.D. she also spent 1 year at LIRMM, in Montpellier, France, as an assistant engineer from the CNRS. Besides her experience in academia, she also has experience as a software engineer. Mariana worked mostly with development in C++ at Jasper Design Automation and at Cadence Design System from 2013 to 2017, but also with web technologies at DTI Digital from 2020 to 2021. She moved to the UK in 2021 and is currently a Robotics Research Engineer at Ocado Technology.

Tristi Tanaka

Head of the Chief Medical Office, NHS Black Country ICB and BCSWomen Committee

Tristi is the BCSWomen Membership Secretary, BCS Digital Divide Specialist Group Inclusion Officer and currently working in the NHS Black Country ICB enabling the portfolio of the Chief Medical Officer. She has worked over 20 years in and with technologists on transformation and change across US NGO, UK public sector organisations and global private sector firms. She is humbled to be named in Computer Weekly’s 2022 UKTech50 longlist and the 2022 “Top 50 Most Influential Women in UK Tech”.

Passionate about equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging (EDIB), Tristi is focused on opportunities to give and share platform to the voices unheard and/or unseen. In her current role, she supports the design, development and delivery of the Chief Medical Officer’s portfolio including Clinical Strategy, Leadership, Clinical Policy and Medicines. Tristi adapts her multi-disciplinary experience – health and care, public services, education and technology – using knowledge and experience in design and systems thinking. She is keen to apply ethics-centred techniques to advise, design, adapt and deliver impactful products and services to reduce the avoidable, unintended negative impacts of digital transformation. Tristi connects her purpose with like-minded professional networks – the BCS, AnitaB, AnalystX and All4Health&Care to bring together allies seeking to develop new leaders and solutions that seek to tackle both health and digital inequalities.

Diana Maynard

Senior Research Fellow from Sheffield University

Dr Diana Maynard is a Senior Research Fellow in the Computer Science department at the University of Sheffield. She has a PhD in Natural Language Processing (NLP) and has more than 30 years of experience in the field. Since 2000 she has been one of the key developers of the GATE NLP toolkit, leading work on Sheffield’s open-source multilingual text analysis tools. Her main research interests are in practical, multidisciplinary approaches to text and social media analysis, in a wide range of fields including cultural heritage, human rights, law, journalism, sustainability and the environment, geography, politics, and natural disasters. She is currently working on various projects based around the detection and analysis of online hate speech, including methods for removing bias in Machine Learning, and for early warning detection of abuse escalation.