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2015 Award


Asunción Gómez Pérez. Ada Byron Award for Women in Technology 2015

Asunción Gómez Pérez. Ada Byron Award for Women in Technology 2015

Asunción Gómez Pérez (Azuaga-Badajoz, 3/9/1967) is an expert in artificial intelligence. She graduated in Computing from Madrid Polytechnic University (UPM) in 1991 and earned her PhD at this same university in December 1993. She completed post-doctoral studies at the prestigious Knowledge Systems Laboratory at Standford University in Palo Alto (California). She speaks French and English and holds a MBA in Business Administration and an MA in Knowledge Engineering.

She has been a Professor at the Artificial Intelligence Department in the Faculty of Computer Sciences at UPM since 2007 (she was the first Spanish female professor in this field), and had previously been a part-time lecturer (1991-1995) and a senior lecturer (1995-2007) at this same university. In addition to supervising 18 doctoral dissertations and 47 final year projects, she is the founder and director of the Ontology Engineering Group research team, made up of thirty experts and regarded as one of the most prominent groups in computer research in Spain.

She has been a principal researcher in 21 international projects and over 400 projects in Spain, and has written over a hundred contributions to books and journals, and has participated in nearly the same number of congresses, courses, seminars and conferences both in Spain and abroad. She has registered a total of 15 patents and has worked in over thirty research projects with public companies and administrations, with about an eight million euro overall budget. Her research interests include ontologies, semantic web, linked data and knowledge management. Mother of three daughters, she was recently honoured as "one of the three best-known women and with the greatest global presence in the broad research field of semantic technologies".



Begoña García Zapirain. SECOND PRIZE 2015

Begoña García Zapirain. SECOND PRIZE 2015

Begoña García-Zapirain is a graduate in Telecommunications Engineering (1995) and holds a PhD in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (2004), with a doctoral dissertation on an algorithm to regenerate the oesophageal voice of laryngectomised people.


She began her career as a software development engineer at Basque company ZIV 1995-1997, to then hold several teaching and research positions at the University of Deusto.

In 2001 she created the e-Vida research group, made up of thirty researchers and focused on the digital processing of biological signals and the development of new technologies for improving health and quality of life, of which she is a Principal Researcher.


Presentation of 2015 Ada Byron Award for Women in Technology

Presentation of  2015 Ada Byron Award for Women in Technology


The Engineering Faculty of the University of Deusto organised a roundtable entitled “What women contribute to technology” to mark the second Ada Byron Award for Women in Technology. The event, held on 14 January, was led by the journalist Pilar Kaltzada; with the participation of Sonia Mulero, Deputy Director of the Banco Sabadell Foundation; Andrea Blanco, runner-up in the 2014 Ada Byron Award; Isabel Urbano, Marketing and Social Innovation; Inés Núñez, Corporate Manager of Ingeteam Legal Services and Xavier Verdaguer, Founder of Imagine Creativity Center.


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