Marwa ElDiwiny, doctoral researcher in robotics at the VUB, has been included in Robohub's annual 30 Women in Robotics You Need to Know About list. The list is drawn up every year on 13 October, on the occasion of Ada Lovelace Day. Robohub - which brings together robotics expertise from all over the world - wants to increase the visibility of women in robotics, because the lack of it "leads to the unconscious perception that women do not make newsworthy contributions".
The research focus of Marwa ElDiwiny, PhD student at VUB-BruBotics, is to model and simulate self-healing soft materials for robotics applications. She is part of SMART, an EU Marie Curie Innovative Training Network. Her master’s thesis was anti-stealth technology for safe operation of unmanned aerial vehicles. She has worked as a research engineer at Inria Lille-Nord Europe and as a research scientist at the Tartu Institute of Technology in Estonia, and has participated in the Mechatronics and Industrial Robotics Programme at the University of Minia in Egypt. ElDiwiny also hosts the IEEE RAS Soft Robotics Podcast, where researchers from academia and industry are interviewed about flexible robotics across almost 100 episodes.