Montserrat Meya Llopart (Albacete, 1948) holds a BA and PhD in Linguistics from the University of Barcelona, with a doctoral dissertation on Automatic Translation in collaboration with MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). She has been a systems analyst and programmer at Siemens central laboratories in Munich, director of the national team of EUROTRA machine translation, director of the Artificial Intelligence department at Siemens Software Development Center in Barcelona, deputy manager for R+D at Barcelona Autonomous University, coordinator of Catalonia's Strategic Plan for the Information Society, adviser to the European Commission. She has developed technological projects in the health field (services for chronic patients and elderly people with mobile technologies). In 1984 she founded the Spanish Association for Natural Language Processing, and in 1995 she created ACTA SL consultancy firm. She has also been manager of CINET SL, the second Internet provider in Catalonia.
As a linguist, she has conducted research on Information Technologies to integrate natural language into database, finite network and text processor processes since ‘70s. Then, she entered the world of Artificial Intelligence and automatic translation between multiple languages. She created her own business, selling consultancy services to large technology companies and has coordinated the policy on Information Society for the Catalonian government. Her last professional stage has been enhanced by her work as a "mobile health" expert, to enable access to patients' medical records outside their home country and facilitate electronic medicine prescription.
Andrea Blanco, an expert in photonics. She graduated in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Valladolid in 2007 and completed her final year project at Aston University in UK. She started her PhD at the applied photonics group at the University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU. She speaks three languages and has published numerous articles in specialist journals (one of them in “Nature”, on silican-based nonlinear optical devices, which has had great impact in the scientific community, given its potential applications in optical communities, apparatus for medical diagnosis or metrology). She has been a researcher at Robotiker and Telefónica R+D, and at present, after returning from a one-year stay at the Australian University of Sydney, she has joined Tecnalia Basque technology centre as a Project Manager in Photonics.
The presentation was attended by the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Inés Jacob, the Director of Scientific Policy of the Basque Government Begoñe Urrutia Barandika and the Director of Emakunde Izaskun Landaida. This event also included a lecture entitled “Claves para incorporar las políticas de género en instituciones. Una visión europea” by Inés Sánchez de Madariaga, director of the Women and Science Unit of the Office of State Secretariat for Research, Development and Innovation of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.