Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Maria Petrou Scholarships 2020-2021, UK

Imperial College London


Deadline:

March 29, 2021


The scholarship is available to women PhD applicants intending to study in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College London. Applicants of any nationality are eligible for consideration for the scholarship. Eligible applicants cannot apply directly for this scholarship. If they have been made a PhD offer by the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, an application can be put forward by their supervisor.

Professor Maria Petrou PhD Scholarship

The Professor Maria Petrou PhD Scholarship has been established to help recruit, retain and advance the careers of women in engineering, providing funds for undertaking PhD studies in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College London.

The scholarship honours the life and work of Professor Maria Petrou (1953-2012), who was the first woman Professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. She received numerous honours, including a fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2004, and was a passionate advocate for women in engineering.  

Maria Petrou was born in Greece and studied Physics at the University of Thessaloniki, scoring the country’s highest mark in her entrance exam, before moving to Cambridge to complete her doctorate.  

She began her academic career in Astrophysics, but at a time of increased UK government funding for the applied sciences in the early 1980s, Maria — who described herself as a problem-solver — began an academic migration towards research in robotic vision and remote sensing.  

Throughout her career in this field, Maria was interested in improving the ability of robots and computers to extract important information from raw data, detecting patterns, and overcoming difficulties associated with textures in images. She is noted for the development of a completely novel type of image representation known as trace transform. This allowed her to manipulate, compare and identify 2-D images by scale or rotation – allowing significant breakthroughs in, for example, face recognition software. She developed advanced techniques for edge and line detection, for texture analysis and for image segmentation, and was a specialist in colour image processing. 

Professor Petrou posed an open challenge to her peers to develop a robot for ironing clothes, after her great-aunt came across a news report of a robot football world cup and said: “Why can’t (men) develop something really useful, like an ironing robot?” Her great-aunt's challenge became a three-year EU-funded project.

Eligibility:

The scholarship is available to women PhD applicants intending to study in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College London. Applicants of any nationality are eligible for consideration for the scholarship. Eligible applicants cannot apply directly for this scholarship. If they have been made a PhD offer by the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, an application can be put forward by their supervisor.

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Publish Date
January 11, 2021
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