Eva Navarro López is a passionate scientist and an inspiring educator. With a passion for research and wide span of interests, her area of expertise defies easy compartmentalisation, and the multidisciplinary approach she has developed sets her apart from her computer science peer group. Her natural inclination is to open new pathways rather than re-tread old ones. She has an acknowledged ability to build new areas of research from scratch, identify key problems and raise questions that have not been voiced before. She approaches the answers in an original way by transferring ideas from one field to another. Few computer scientists can credibly claim to have controlled walking robots, eliminated mechanical vibration in oil fields, introduced formal methods of computer science into dynamical systems theory, and modelled important aspects of the human brain to create a new theory of neuroplasticity with the potential to radically change the study of the brain and neuromorphic computing.
Eva is a scientist of international standing in hybrid dynamical systems, cyber-physical systems, network science, mathematical modelling, simulation, automated verification and reasoning, formal methods of computer science, symbolic artificial intelligence (AI), automation, control engineering, robotics, stability of dynamical systems, evolution of complex systems, self-organisation, advanced algorithms, computational neuroscience, neuro-inspired computing, data science and collective intelligence.
Eva has developed her career in industry and academia in three different countries: Mexico, the UK and Spain. She shadowed the footsteps of Alan Turing in Manchester, and Santiago Ramón y Cajal in Madrid. She is one of the world's experts in Turing's morphogenesis –having collaborated with the last Alan Turing’s student. She is currently proposing new brain-inspired models of computation, learning and evolution for complex systems and modelling important aspects of the human brain as a Reader in Data Science and Director and Founder of AiDAs, the Artificial intelligence and DAta science Research Lab at the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences in the University of Wolverhampton.
Embedded within the nascent field of cyber-physical social systems, she is also a Honorary Senior Research Fellow of the Spatial Policy Lab of the Manchester Urban Institute and the School of Environment, Education and Development at the University of Manchester, where she applies network and data science to analyse social and urban dynamics. Moreover, she is part of the core team of AI Mexico, which promotes artificial intelligence (AI) education and its responsible adoption by industry. AI Mexico is the coordinating institution of the Coalition IA2030Mx, a key coalition for the National Agenda for AI of Mexico. She is part of TechnoLatinas, a community to bring together technologists and scientists from Latin America and all around the world to support each other and advocate for equality, diversity and inclusion. She has been recently appointed as an Expert of the UNESCO Inclusive Policy Lab and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Swedish AI Fund Program at AI Center in Sweden.
Eva is one of the 7 founders of ACM-Women Europe (the Association for Computing Machinery’s Council on Women in Computing in Europe) and the founder of the ACM womENcourage conference series in Europe. She is also a member of the British Computer Society (BCS) Women in Computing Research Committee of the BCS Academy of Computing.
Reflecting her international standing in neuromorphic computing, hybrid systems and cyber-physical systems, she is advisor for the prestigious Jülich Forschungszentrum in Germany for the foundation of two institutes of neuromorphic computing and served as the UK representative on the management committee of the European Action “Multi-Paradigm Modelling for Cyber-Physical Systems”. She is also a member of the IFAC Technical Committee of Discrete Event and Hybrid Systems, the IFAC Technical Committee of Biological and Medical Systems, the IEEE-CSS Technical Committee on Power Generation Control (Renewable Energy Generation), the Turing Centenary Advisory Committee, and the Observatory of Industry 4.0 in Spain, amongst many other technical committees and advisory roles in prestigious international associations.
More information about Eva Navarro's eclectic work can be found at Eva Navarro's webpage.