Join the BCS Women for this annual event.


  • Gillian Arnold, BCS President and CEO of Tectre
  • Mariana Fonseca, Robotics Research Engineer from Ocado Technology
  • Tristi Tanaka, Head of the Chief Medical Office, NHS Black Country ICB and BCSWomen Committee
  • Diana Maynard, Senior Research Fellow from Sheffield University

Also featuring around 100 poster presentations from women students, employer stalls, and a panel discussion on women and tech careers.


  • 9:30am - Registration, posters up
  • 10:00am - 10:15am - Welcome
  • 10:15am - 11:15am - Keynote from Gillian Arnold, incoming BCS President and CEO of Tectre
  • 11:15am - 11:45am - Coffee break
  • 11:45am - 12:15am - Tech / Careers talk from Mariana Fonseca
  • 12:15pm - 12:45pm - Tech / Careers talk from Tristi Tanaka
  • 12:45pm - 2:00pm - Poster session I (lunch)
  • 2:00pm - 3:15pm - Poster session II (coffee)
  • 3:15pm - 3:45pm - Tech / Careers talk from Diana Maynard
  • 3:45pm - 4:45pm - Panel
  • 4:45pm - 5:00pm - Prizes
  • 5:30pm - Event ends. Social and a wind-down after the day.

About the speakers

Mariana Fonseca, Robotics Research Engineer from Ocado Technology

Mariana received her BS degree in Control and Automation Engineering from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil, in 2013. She participated in an exchange program at the Universidade do Porto (UP) in Portugal, attending an Integrated Master Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, in 2012. She completed her master’s and Ph.D. degrees with an emphasis on Control, Automation, and Robotics in 2017 and 2021, respectively, also at UFMG. Her master’s focused on whole-body modeling and hierarchical control of a humanoid robot based on dual quaternion algebra and her Ph.D. thesis was focused on closed-loop admittance and motion control strategies for safe robotic manipulation tasks subject to contacts. During her Ph.D. she also spent 1 year at LIRMM, in Montpellier, France, as an assistant engineer from the CNRS. Besides her experience in academia, she also has experience as a software engineer. Mariana worked mostly with development in C++ at Jasper Design Automation and at Cadence Design System from 2013 to 2017, but also with web technologies at DTI Digital from 2020 to 2021. She moved to the UK in 2021 and is currently a Robotics Research Engineer at Ocado Technology.

Tristi Tanaka, Head of the Chief Medical Office, NHS Black Country ICB and BCSWomen Committee

Tristi is the BCSWomen Membership Secretary, BCS Digital Divide Specialist Group Inclusion Officer and currently working in the NHS Black Country ICB enabling the portfolio of the Chief Medical Officer. She has worked over 20 years in and with technologists on transformation and change across US NGO, UK public sector organisations and global private sector firms. She is humbled to be named in Computer Weekly’s 2022 UKTech50 longlist and the 2022 “Top 50 Most Influential Women in UK Tech”.

Passionate about equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging (EDIB), Tristi is focused on opportunities to give and share platform to the voices unheard and/or unseen. In her current role, she supports the design, development and delivery of the Chief Medical Officer’s portfolio including Clinical Strategy, Leadership, Clinical Policy and Medicines. Tristi adapts her multi-disciplinary experience – health and care, public services, education and technology – using knowledge and experience in design and systems thinking. She is keen to apply ethics-centred techniques to advise, design, adapt and deliver impactful products and services to reduce the avoidable, unintended negative impacts of digital transformation. Tristi connects her purpose with like-minded professional networks – the BCS, AnitaB, AnalystX and All4Health&Care to bring together allies seeking to develop new leaders and solutions that seek to tackle both health and digital inequalities.

Diana Maynard, Senior Research Fellow from Sheffield University

Dr Diana Maynard is a Senior Research Fellow in the Computer Science department at the University of Sheffield. She has a PhD in Natural Language Processing (NLP) and has more than 30 years of experience in the field. Since 2000 she has been one of the key developers of the GATE NLP toolkit, leading work on Sheffield’s open-source multilingual text analysis tools. Her main research interests are in practical, multidisciplinary approaches to text and social media analysis, in a wide range of fields including cultural heritage, human rights, law, journalism, sustainability and the environment, geography, politics, and natural disasters. She is currently working on various projects based around the detection and analysis of online hate speech, including methods for removing bias in Machine Learning, and for early warning detection of abuse escalation.

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This event is brought to you by: BCSWomen specialist group

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Date and time
Wednesday 12 April, 9:30am - 5:30pm
University of Sheffield
The Diamond
32 Leavygreave Road, Broomhall
S3 7RD
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