BRL Professor is one of RoboHub's 25 Women in Robotics you need to know about

Issue date: 14 October 2016

Professor Sanja Dogramadzi from the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) has been named in RoboHub's fourth annual '25 Women in Robotics You Need to Know About' list.

Professor Dogramadzi develops medical and assistive robots at the laboratory. Her research focuses on the multidisciplinary use of robotics technologies in healthcare settings. The academic has been awarded funding in excess of £2.5 million since 2009 and is currently supervising and managing a team of 15 post-doctoral and doctoral researchers and junior lecturers.

The team won 'Best Medical Paper Award' at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation - ICRA 2016, one of the world's largest robotics conferences with some 2,500 delegates, held in Stockholm earlier this year.

Dr Dogramadzi, Dr Ioannis Georgilas, Dr Giulio Dagnino, Professor Roger Atkins and Paul Kohler won the award for their paper entitled 'Image based Robotic System for Enhanced Minimally Invasive Intro- Articular Fracture Surgeries'.

This work was the result of a three year NIHR/i4i funded project to create a new system to assist orthopaedic surgeons with fracture management. Fracture incidence in the UK is directly linked to the rising ageing population.

Reacting to the RoboHub accolade, Professor Dogramadzi said, “I am delighted to be mentioned in this list. It is a great recognition of the important work by the team at Bristol Robotics Laboratory.”

The fourth annual '25 Women in Robotics You Need to Know About' list was compiled by RoboHub in celebration of Ada Lovelace Day. In all, 100 women have been featured to date with the list showcasing women working in research, development, and commercialization of robotics. The role models are diverse, ranging from emeritus to early career stage. Even though the total number of women in robotics is still relatively small the list celebrates that women are leading the way in future developments within this field.

The RoboHub web site commentary cites that role models are important. It says, “Countess Ada Lovelace, the world's first computer programmer and an extraordinary mathematician, faced an uphill battle in the days when women were not encouraged to pursue a career in science.

“Fast forward 200 years, there are still not enough women in science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM). One key reason is clear: a severe lack of visible female role models. Women in STEM need to be equally represented at conferences, keynotes, magazine covers, or stories about technology. Although this is starting to change, it's not happening quick enough.”

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