NSERC Chair for
Women in Science & Engineering

Marina L. Gavrilova

Marina L. Gavrilova

Go for it!

Believe that you can and don't let anyone convince you otherwise!

Professor, Computer Science
University of Calgary

Marina L. Gavrilova is a Full Professor in the Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary. Dr. Gavrilova is a co-founder of two laboratories: the Biometric Technologies Laboratory and the SPARCS Laboratory for Computational Sciences. Her publications include over 200 journal and conference papers, edited special issues, books and book chapters in the area of image processing, pattern recognition and biometric security. She has founded ICCSA – an international conference series with LNCS/IEEE, co-chaired WADS, ISVD, CW, CASA, WSCG and CGI conferences, and is Founding Editor-in-Chief of LNCS Transactions on Computational Science Journal. Dr. Gavrilova is a passionate promoter of diversity and equity in academia, for which she has received a number of awards, including a Women of Distinction, Resilience and Wisdom award.

As an academic, what is your favourite part of your job?

Finding creative solutions to everyday problems together with my graduate students.

What are you researching and what excites you about it?

I study machine learning methods for image processing and biometrics.

What types of professions can students graduating in your field enter?

Security professionals, data base administrators, software engineers, software developers, professors, teachers, researchers, public servants.

Is your workplace male-dominated? If so, how do you negotiate being a woman in a male-dominated workplace and/or field?

We need to bring more diversity and talent to the field.

How do you foster and encourage diversity in your workplace?

I work with various stakeholders, represent my colleagues on Faculty of Sciences and University Diversity committees, present and organize a number of diversity focused events attended by graduate students, faculty members and public.

What kinds of systemic support could institutions provide to help encourage girls and women to pursue careers in science and engineering?

Three R's: recruitment, retention, recognition.

What advice would you give to girls or young women who are interested in careers in science or engineering?

Go for it! Believe that you can and don't let anyone convince you otherwise!

As a professional in science or engineering, who are your role models and mentors?

Margaret-Ann Armour

Do you have anything to add?

I am always looking forward to working with young bright talented students! Please do not hesitate to contact me and to learn more about my research by going to this web page.