Department of Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering
Dr. Lafifa Jamal is a Professor of the Department of Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering, University of Dhaka. She is the former Chairperson of the same department. Previously, she was a faculty member of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Dhaka. She is also serving as the Provost of Shamsun Nahar Hall, University of Dhaka.
She is a Senior Member of IEEE and a Fellow of Bangladesh Computer Society. She received her Ph.D. Degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Dhaka. Actively involved with research, Dr. Jamal has around sixty research publications in reputed international journals and conferences. She also got best paper award in an International Conference. She attended various seminars, conferences and workshops internationally. She delivered invited talks in South Korea, the USA, China, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. Her research interests include Robotics and Intelligent Systems, Gender and Diversity, STEM Education, VLSI Design and Reversible Logic Synthesis.
Dr. Jamal is currently serving as the President of Bangladesh Women in Technology (BWIT) which is dedicated to mobilizing women involved in different levels of the technology industry and to create a wide range of professional development and networking opportunities and making meaningful contributions to the growth of Bangladesh. She is the Founding Director of Bangladesh Flying Labs which is a hub to connect robotics and tech researchers and enthusiasts from home and abroad for social justice, equality and development. She is also serving as the Vice-President Bangladesh Open Source Network Foundation (BdOSN) which aims to create a youth community empowered with technology, innovation and knowledge and to bring more girls into STEM education and the ICT profession. She has had a significant role to raise the awareness of computer programming in female students of Bangladesh
Dr. Jamal is the Founding Advisor of IEEE University of Dhaka Women in Engineering Student Branch Affinity Group and IEEE Robotics & Automation Society University of Dhaka Student Branch Chapter; and Founding Moderator of Dhaka University Science Society. She has been elected to the Senate of Dhaka University and has also been an elected member of the Dhaka University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) several times. She is the former Treasurer of the Bangladesh Computer Society (BCS).
She sits on various international advisory boards and review panels, and serves in many program committee roles for various international conferences. Some of her recent involvements include Women in Engineering Chair of iSES 2021 (India), Special Session Organizer of ICIPRoB 2020 (Sri Lanka), TPC Chair of ICIET 2019 (Bangladesh), Regional Program Chair of RIIT 2018 (Thailand), General Co-Chair of ICIET 2018 (Bangladesh), International Advisory Board Member of ICOM 2017 (Malaysia).
Under her leadership, Bangladesh got the very first Gold Medal in the 20th International Robot Olympiad 2018 which was held in Manila, Philippines. She is the Founder President of the Bangladesh Robot Olympiad Committee and a Member of the International Robot Olympiad Central Committee.
In 2019, she participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) which was arranged by the U.S. Government. 50 Women STEM leaders from 50 different countries participated in this multi-regional program titled “#HiddenNoMore: Empowering International Women Leaders in STEM”.