Women in Engineering Forum

“Paths towards the recognition”

Organized and co-chaired by

Natalia Ayuso, University of Zaragoza, nayuso@unizar.es
Antoni Grau, Technical University of Catalonia, Spain, antoni.grau@upc.edu
Lucia Lo Bello, University of Catania, Italy, lobello@unict.it

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This forum will tackle the keys that are seen as a barrier against the significance of Women in Engineering, meaning both their numerosity and the relevance of the positions that women can reach during their career. The focus will be specifically on the fields relevant to Industrial Electronics and related areas in Engineering. Important actions have to be taken to break those barriers, starting from the initial stages in education, primary, secondary education and to make attractive University careers in Industrial Electronics Engineering. Moreover, it is important to analyze the reactions of all the stakeholders, from educators to employers, from colleagues to family members. Public institutions and policy makers also play an important role in the integration of women in the labor market with equal opportunities. The Forum is a meeting point to discuss the current issues about Women in Engineering and to plan initiatives to promote inclusiveness and gender diversity in the workplace in general, and especially in fields traditionally dominated by men.


Karina Gibert

Univ. Politécnica de Cataluña
Karina Gibert's biography

Ph.D. Karina Gibert is a Full Professor at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-BarcelonaTech (UPC). Bachelor in Informatics Engineering, 1990. Ph.D. in Computer Science, 1995. Postgraduate in University Teaching, 1996. She holds many relevant positions, including member of the governmental working team Catalonia.AI (since 2018), Founder of Commission donesCOEINF (2018), ViceDean for Big Data and Data Science of the Official Professional Chamber of Informatics Engineering of Catalonia (COEINF) (from 2017), Subdirectorf Intelligence Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Research center (IDEAI) (from 2018), Founder of donesIAcat, (2019), member of the Gender Commission of Coordinator of the Women in AI group of interest from the Spanish Association for Artificial Intelligence Association (2019). Editor of JRC journal Environmental Modelling and Software, Elsevier, (from 2018). Member of the Gender and Equality Commission of the Intercolegial of Professional Official Chambers from Catalonia (from April 2019). Board of the Int’l Environmental Modelling and Software Society (iEMSs, from 2016), Advisor of Observatori de la Sostenibilitat d’Andorra (in intensive data-driven processes, from 2018), Member of the IASC Committee on Computational Statistics and Data Mining for Knowledge Discovery (Int’l Association of Statistical Computing, from 2015), Elected Fellow (and member of the board) of the Int’l Environmental Modelling and Software Society (2007). Member of the Experts committee of hospital Guttmann (from 2005).

She leads courses related with Statistics, Multivariate Analysis, Data Science and Intelligent Decision Support in several degrees and masters, mainly at UPC. Interested in innovation for teaching, she is part of the Professional Skills commission at the Barcelona School of Informatics from 2016 and member of eHealth Eurocampus.

Pioneer member of the Knowledge Engineering and Machine Learning (KEMLg) research group from 1986 and head of the group in 2013-2016 (group with excellence research certification from Catalan government from 2003). Co-founder and secretary of the IDEAI Research Center, 2017. Her scientific production has continuously been recognized as excellent by the Spanish Government from 1990, (44 SCI-papers, more than 300 publications, 19 in QI, H-index 23). “Highly accessed paper” distinction to HARPS 8(28)1:16. She has edited 5 JCR special issues related with Data Science and AI.

She has been distinguished with the “donaTIC 2018 Award” in the academic/researcher category by the Generalitat de Catalunya, 2018 and the “First HackingBullipedia contest Award”, 2013 related with the famous chef Ferran Adrià.

Sara Gómez Marin

Univ. Politécnica de Madrid
Sara Gómez Marin's biography

PhD. Sara Gómez Marin is an Engineer and PhD from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM). Her professional career is conducted in both private companies and public institutions.

She has carried out both her teaching and research work in the area of Mechanical knowledge in Continuous Media and Structural Theory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the UPM.

She is the Director of the Industrial Design and Technology research group and member of the Academic Committee of the Doctorate Program of the Higher Technical School of Engineering (ETSI) of Industrial Design. Director of several doctoral theses and author of different scientific-technical articles published in impact journals.

She has occupied different posts at the UPM and other Institutions. Deputy Director of Infrastructures and Extramural Studies at the ETSI of Industrial Design at the UPM. Manager of the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering (RAI), from 2000 to 2004. Director of the ETSI of Industrial Design at the UPM, 2008 to 2012. Vice-Rector for Organizational Structure and Quality of the UPM, from 2012 to 2016. Member of the Board of Directors of Marsan Ingenieros, 2014 to 2017. Since 2016, she is a Counselor of the RAI and Director of the “Woman and Engineering Project”.

She has been distinguished with the “Recognition March 8,” 2019, in Science and Research by the Community of Madrid, the “IV Award Woman and Technology” by Orange Foundation, 2019 and the “I Faculty Teaching Merit Award” of the ETSI of Industrial Design of the UPM.

Patricia Heredia Gil

Minivinci, Spain
Patricia Heredia Gil's biography

Patricia Heredia Gil is an engineer, teacher and director in MiniVinci, a center where she inspires girls and boys to approach technology, teaching them electronics, robotics, programming, design…

Since she was a child, she was very curious and she was very clear that she wanted to be an inventor. After graduating in Telecommunications Engineering by University of Zaragoza in Spain, she started to work for Equitel as a Firmware Engineer designing and programming electronic systems for digital audio projects in embedded networks and real-time systems for companies like Indra, Ikusi and CAF.

She was always remembering that during her childhood she did not see other girls who were passionate about something like that. So, in 2016 she created MiniVinci and now she tries to change things. She works to increase the number of the women in STEAM careers: she organizes events like Women Techmakers, she has a YouTube channel, ValPat STEAM, to inspire girls in technology, she gives talks for girls…

FORUM PROGRAM (September 10, 2019)


In this forum, papers can be submitted for presentation and discussion in a relaxed atmosphere. Both regular papers limited to eight (8) pages and extended abstracts (minimum one (1) page) are solicited. Prospective authors are invited to electronically submit their papers using the guidelines for authors. Papers will be reviewed by the Forum Chairs and, if accepted and presented, will be collected for a special publication with ISBN code. The most relevant papers will be included in the IEEE Xplore® Digital Library provided that they are accompanied by a One-Day Registration fee as Author. The papers not included in the IEEE Xplore should be accompanied by a One-Day Registration fee as Non-Author.

Topics include but not limited to:

  • University Experience. Programs related to increasing the number of women in high degrees and Master and mentoring from a gender perspective.
  • PhD programs and women participation in research. Leadership and managing teams.
  • Regulations that support integration of women in the labor market. Long-standing, recent-introduced and proposals.
  • Associations, cooperatives and other organizations for women rights related to Engineering.
  • Actions against discrimination in companies and institutions. Diversity programs and personal experiences.


This Forum is organized during the Workshop day on September 10, 2019.

Deadline for submission of papers: June 16, 2019.

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