The mathematician and pioneer in robotics, Carme Torras, has received the fourth ‘Julio Peláez Award for Leading Women in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics’ given by the Tatiana Pérez de Guzmán el Bueno Foundation.
The awards event, which was presided over by Jesús María Sanz, president of the Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences, was attended by the Secretary of State for Universities, Research, Development and Innovation, Ángeles Heras; the Secretary General of Science Policy, Rafael Rodrigo; the chairperson of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Rosa Menéndez; and the president of the Tatiana Pérez de Guzmán el Bueno Foundation, Teodoro Sánchez-Àvila, who presented the awards.
Carme Torras holds a degree in mathematics, a PhD in informatics and is a researcher at the Institute for Robotics and Industrial Informatics (CSIC-UPC). Dr. Torras is a specialist in assistance robotics; the area of robotics that designs equipment adapted to the needs of people with disabilities to help them in their daily life, as if the robots were personal assistants.
The Tatiana Pérez de Guzmán el Bueno Foundation gives this annual prize of 12,000 euros to recognise pioneering women for their notable contribution to science and research in the area of physics, chemistry or mathematics. The award was given on 4 June at the Spanish Royal Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences of Madrid.