Dame Wendy Hall DBE FRS FREng

Dame Wendy Hall DBE FRS FREng

Professor of Computer Science

Professor of Computer Science and Dean of the Faculty of Physical and Applied Sciences

University of Southampton

Distinguished Lecture

Web Science: Research, Education and Diversity

6:30pm Wednesday 15th February 2012, Faraday Lecture Theatre, Faraday Building

Refreshments will be available before the lecture, which starts at 7:00pm

In collaboration with BCS Women in Wales, and sponsored by the British Computer Society (South Wales Branch) and a Web Science grant from the EPSRC Bridging the Gaps programme at Swansea.


Web Science is still a new discipline but it is evolving fast. In this talk I will look at the origins of Web Science and consider the development of the Web Science research agenda and the major challenges that need to be tackled. I will also look at the emerging curricula for Web Science education and how this relates to Computer Science. Experience shows us that Web Science encourages diversity and I will reflect on the lessons we can learn from that.

Speaker's Biography

Wendy Hall, DBE, FRS, FREng is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton, UK, and Dean of the Faculty of Physical and Applied Sciences. She was Head of the School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) from 2002 to 2007.

One of the first computer scientists to undertake serious research in multimedia and hypermedia, she has been at its forefront ever since. The influence of her work has been significant in many areas including digital libraries, the development of the Semantic Web, and the emerging research discipline of Web Science. She has published over 400 papers and is frequently invited to speak at high profile conferences and events.

With Tim Berners-Lee and Nigel Shadbolt she co-founded the Web Science Research Initiative in 2006 and she is currently a Director of the Web Science Trust which has a global mission to support the development of research, education and thought leadership in Web Science.

In addition to playing a prominent role in the development of her subject, she also helps shape science and engineering policy and education. She became a Dame Commander of the British Empire in the 2009 UK New Year's Honours list, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in June 2009.

She was President of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) from 2008-2010; the first person from outside North America to hold this position. Other significant posts she has held include Senior Vice President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, founding member of the European Research Council, member of the EPSRC Council, President of the British Computer Society and EPSRC Senior Research Fellow. She was appointed as Chair of the European Commission’s ISTAG in July 2010


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