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. reviously, she was a faculty member of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Dhaka.
Dr. Jamal is a Senior Member of IEEE, the world's largest technical professional organization for the advancement of technology, and a Fellow of the Bangladesh Computer ociety. She received her Ph.D. Degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Dhaka. Her research interests include Robotics and Intelligent Systems, VLSI Design and Reversible Logic Synthesis, Gender and Diversity, STEM Education. She attended various seminars, conferences and workshops internationally. She delivered invited talks in Spain, the USA, South Korea, China, Sri Lanka and Malaysia.
Dr. Jamal is currently serving as the President of Bangladesh Women in Technology (BWIT), which is dedicated to facilitating women involved in different technology industry levels and creating 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 bring more girls into STEM education and the ICT profession. She has had a significant role in raising the awareness of computer programming among female students of Bangladesh.She participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) titled “#HiddenNoMore: Empowering International Women Leaders in STEM” which was funded by the U.S. Department of State and held in Washington DC, Greensboro, Chicago and Los Angeles. 50 Women STEM Leaders from 50 different countries participated in this prestigious program.
Dr. Jamal 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 Workshop Organizer in ICSE 2022 (USA), 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). She is a TPC Member of ICRAI 2022 (Singapore), ICIPRoB 2022 (Srilanka), ICRAI 2021 (China), HCII 2021 (USA), STI 2020 (Bangladesh), TENCON 2019 (India), ICIET 2019 (Bangladesh), ISVLSI 2017 (Germany), R10-HTC 2017 (Bangladesh), ISCAS 2016 (Canada), CECNet 2015 (China). She is the International Partner Country Representative from angladesh for the action “European Network for Gender Balance in Informatics” under European Cooperation in Science and Technology. She is a member of the National Task Force committee for Broadband Policy 2021.
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 is the former Treasurer of the Bangladesh Computer Society (BCS).
Under her leadership, Bangladesh got the first Gold Medal in the 20th International Robot Olympiad 2018 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. Dr. Jamal received “Ananya Shirsha Dosh Shommanona 2020” for her contribution in the Technology field in Bangladesh. She also received the award “Person of the Year” for her contribution in the ICT field in Bangladesh.