Prof. dr. Lynda Hardman

'My father encouraged me to go into engineering although I enjoyed physics more, probably because at school I didn't really know what "engineering" was. I studied physics and maths at Glasgow University. I found a wonderful place to work in IT on the outskirts of Edinburgh in Scotland. I moved from a large computer manufacturer to a couple of start-ups. I enjoyed the coding but became really interested in the ideas behind "hypertext" (now familiar as links in web pages). I then moved over to academia to do research on human computer interaction - a field that lies between the technology of computers and the psychology of users. Later on in my career I had the opportunity of talking to a coach. She let me see the world in a very different way. It helped me operate more strategically - which may not sound exciting, but it forces you to reflect on who you are, what you want, and how to cooperate with the people around you. I love understanding new things, I love changing things for the better. Science, Technology, Engineering en Mathematics are too important to be left to only the men. They are really inspirational to work in too - you can see your work makes a difference.'

Begin 1992 begon Lynda als ICT-onderzoeker voor het Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI). Lynda is professor Multimedia Discourse Interaction aan de Universiteit van Utrecht, alsook lid van het managementteam van het CWI. Haar onderzoek focust zich op de interactie tussen mensen en computer. Momenteel werkt ze voor CWI samen met mensen uit de televisiewereld aan een onderzoek dat zich richt op interactieve televisie. Tijdens de elfde European Computer Science Summit op 13 oktober 2015 in Wenen werd zij verkozen tot bestuursvoorzitter van Informatics Europe. Lynda spreekt regelmatig op evenementen om een nieuwe generatie van vrouwelijk ICT-talent te inspireren en aan te moedigen.