BIDS Senior Fellow Dani Ushizima was recently recognized with Berkeley Lab's 2018 Women @ The Lab Award, which recognizes women working at LBL who demonstrate dedication, talent, STEM contributions, and commitment to the Lab’s mission. An awards ceremony was held on July 9, sponsored by the Women Scientists and Engineers Council and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office.
Professionally, Ushizima is a leader in combining classical image processing and cutting-edge machine learning techniques to a host of imaging problems in experimental and observational science. Her current work focuses on algorithms for computer vision, pattern recognition and quantitative microscopy, designed to tackle scientific investigation that involves experimental data acquisition.
At Berkeley Lab, Ushizima is a Staff Scientist in the Data Analytics & Visualization Group and heads the Image Processing Team within the Center for Advanced Mathematics for Energy Research Applications (CAMERA). She was also among the first set of Data Science Fellows at the UC Berkeley Institute for Data Science, where she’s been working on PyCBIR and applying convolutional neural networks to a host of problems. Over the years, Ushizima has received multiple awards for her scientific work, including a DOE Early Career Award in 2015 and the Science without Borders (Brazil) Special Foreign Research Award in 2014.
Ushizima has a history of bringing postdoc and graduate students to Berkeley Lab and mentoring them into staff positions. Working with graduate students at both UC Berkeley and Science Without Borders Brazil, she helped develop and advance applications of imaging methods for cell structure recognition, human dementia and ammonia gas sensors.
A supporter of Black Girls Code, Ushizima spends much of her free time volunteering to introduce programming and technology to young and pre-teen girls of color. For the last several years, she has also been a mentor in the Department of State’s TechWomen, an international exchange that brings emerging women leaders in STEM from Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East together with their professional counterparts in the U.S. and gives them access to networks, resources and industry contacts. As part of this work, Ushizima has mentored young international scientists from Cameroon, Kenya, South Africa and Tunisia.
In 2017, Ushizima was awarded the Berkeley Lab Director’s Award for Outreach. According to the award citation, Ushizima was recognized “for her selfless and tireless efforts as an exemplary ambassador of science and goodwill, engaging new and emerging scientists around the globe and sharing knowledge that improves others’ lives.”
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