Today is International Women’s day and we’re #ChoosingToChallenge the gender gap in Artificial Intelligence (AI).
AI Now published a paper called Discriminating Systems: Gender, Race, and Power in AI, in which they state that only 18% of authors at leading AI conferences are women.
These stats show a shocking imbalance and a lack of diversity. While a lack of diversity in the tech industry is nothing new, it can cause catastrophic problems and create systems that are flawed based on biases.
We want to encourage and inspire more women to build careers working in AI and Technology. As part of our International Women’s Day celebrations, we would like to highlight to you some of the wonderful women behind NCIMI.
Dr Claire Bloomfield, CEO
Claire works at the intersections of healthcare research, translation and commercialisation, with experience of working directly as an academic researcher and as a senior research professional. Claire’s own research has focused on Neuroscience and she has held research fellowships at Oxford University and the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Sandy FinesilverSmith, Software/Data Engineer
Sandy acquired BSc and MSc degrees in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science from the University of London. Prior to working at the Big Data Institute with NCIMI, she contributed to research at King’s College London in the School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences.
Anne Powell, DART Project Manager
Anne has over 15 years of experience in managing projects supporting research systems in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, specifically through university consortia. She strongly believes that the provision of data as evidence on which to base research.
Avianna Laws, Trials Co-ordinator
Avianna has extensive experience working in research governance. She oversees the research projects within the Oxford Radiology Unit and spends the other half of her week supporting NHS, healthcare providers and industry partners of NCIMI in the development and implementation of AI and machine learning projects.
Jessica Burnett, Programme Co-ordinator
Jessica joined NCIMI a year into the programme and brings a range of experience from her previous roles. Jess gained her project experience from various oxford based companies such as Global Canopy and Oxford Policy Management. She is PRINCE2 qualified to the Practitioner level and has qualifications in Agile.
Careers in AI
There are a number of exciting roles available in AI and Technology that can be reached through varied career paths. We hope meeting some of the women behind NCIMI has inspired and empowered you.
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