Speakers & Panelists

Welcome: Dame Professor Wendy Hall

Wendy Hall, DBE, FREng is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton, UK. 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.

Her current research includes applications of the Semantic Web and exploring the interface between the life sciences and the physical sciences. She is a Founding Director, along with Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Professor Nigel Shadbolt and Daniel J. Weitzner, of the Web Science Research Initiative.

In addition to playing a prominent role in the development of her subject, she also helps shape science and engineering policy and education. Through her leadership roles on national and international bodies, she has shattered many glass ceilings, readily deploying her position on numerous national and international bodies to promote the role of women in SET, and acting as an important role model for others.

Keynote Speaker: John Domingue

John Domingue is the Deputy Director of the Knowledge Media Institute at The Open University and the President of STI International. He has published over 100 refereed articles in the areas of Artificial Intelligence and the Web. Domingue is Chair of the Steering Committee for the European Semantic Web Conference Series, Chair of the Future Internet Symposium Series, and Co-Chair of the OASIS Technical Committee on Semantic Execution Environments. He also serves on the editorial boards for the International Journal of Human Computer Interaction, the Journal of Web Semantics and the Applied Ontology Journal.

Cluster OverviewJohn Darlington

John Darlington is a Professor in the Department of Computing at Imperial College, Director of the London e-Science Centre and lead of the Social Computing Group (formerly the Internet Centre). Professor Darlington has a long and distinguished  track record both in the development of novel software technologies and in the creation of facilities to improve the accessibility and ease of use of computational resources. These developments have included pioneering developments in functional programming languages, program transformation, functional skeletons, co-ordination forms and component-based application development frameworks and the founding and operation of the Imperial College Fujitsu Parallel Research Centre, the Imperial College Parallel Computing Centre, the London e-Science Centre and, now, the Imperial College Internet Centre. Much of this work has been carried out via EPSRC funded projects.

Morning Panel

The Next-generation Internet: The Research Perspective

Moderator: John Darlington

Dr Marina Jirotka is Director of the Centre for Requirements and Foundations at the Oxford University Computing  Laboratory, Associate Director of the Oxford e-Science Centre and James Martin Research Fellow in the eHorizons Institute. Her main areas of research have been developing novel methods for requirements capture, focussing on workplace and practice driven requirements and design elicitation. The projects she has participated in have involved awide variety of industrial partners including IBM, ICL, BT as well as organisations such as the EPSRC itself, MoD, Dstl and DSS. Recent initiatives have focused on providing support and consultancy for several flagship e-Science research projects including eDiaMoND, Remote Microscopy (CyberSEM) and Integrative Biology/IBVRE. She has engaged in a number of networking projects, such as the UK e-Science Usability Task Force, that have sought to develop an agenda for UK e-Research. In addition, she has sought to extend these links internationally through an ESRC/SSRC collaboration travel fellowship to the US. She is Principal Investigator on the EPSRC Project ‘Embedding e-Science Applications and is Co-Director of ESRC ‘Oxford e-Social Science (OeSS) Project: Ethical, Legal and Institutional Dynamics of Grid Enabled e-Sciences’.

David De Roure is Professor of Computer Science in the School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton, UK. He was a founding member of the School’s Intelligence, Agents, Multimedia Group and is a Director of the Pervasive Systems Centre. Closely involved in the UK e-Science programme, he is Chair of OMII-UK and a Co-Director of e-Research South. His research focus is the application of Web 2.0 and Semantic Web in e-Research, and he is Director of the myExperiment Virtual Research Environment project, which he leads with Carole Goble at The University of Manchester.

Dr Gary Graham is a lecturer in Operations Management at the Manchester Business School. Dr. Graham studies the impact of the Internet on traditional media industries.

Dr. Soren Riis is a Reader in Computer Science at Queen Mary, University of London. In 1994 he was awarded a D.Phil in Mathematics from
the University of Oxford.

Afternoon Panel

The Next-generation Internet: The Way Forward

Moderator: Euan Semple

Euan Semple is a leading authority on the use of social media in organisations. He gained unparalleled experience as Director of Knowledge Management at the BBC and subsequently with major organisations such as Nokia, the World Bank, and NATO which means that he has unique insights into how to make social media work for you and your organisation. His focus on how social media affect businesses, how they run themselves, attract new staff and relate to increasingly connected and vocal customers will enable you to get ahead of the competition in this often bewildering game.

Nick Leon
Director, Design London

Nick Leon is Director of Design London, a pioneering programme that brings together Imperial College and the Royal College of Art to explore how design can be more effectively integrated with business and technology to create world-beating products and services. He is also a Visiting Fellow at Imperial’s Tanaka Business School where he teaches innovation management.

Prior to joining Imperial College he worked for over 30 years at IBM where he was Director of Business Development in Europe, for IBM Global Services, and led IBM’s business in the telecommunications industry. During the 1990’s he was Director of Marketing in IBM Europe, and then Worldwide Director of Channel Marketing for the IBM Server Group. He started his career in IBM research and development as an Industrial Designer, and later became a product development manager for advanced technology displays and retail systems.

More recently, his work at the Tanaka Business School focused on the impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) on the social and economic vitality of cities. Recent projects include: advising the Barcelona City Government on creating an international district for innovation; advising CLM, the London 2012 delivery partner; projects for the Shoreditch Trust, Laing O’Rourke; and research for Cloud Networks who implemented the newly launched WiFi networks for Canary Wharf and the City of London.

Helen Keegan


Steve Lawson

Steve Lawson is a musician, educator, journalist and consultant on the use of social media in the creative sector, as well as for Charities and NGOs. His music and writing can be found at http://stevelawson.net

Stephen Wolak


Trust Panel

Moderator: Annamaria Carusi

Annamaria Carusi studies social aspects of computational technologies for conducting scientific research of all kinds. Her recent work has focused on the ethics, trust and social epistemology as applied to digital data, data sharing and re-use, computational visualisations and imaging, distributed access to medical images, and Web2.0 technologies for collaborative work. Prior to this, Annamaria conducted research on e-learning, focusing on notions of textuality, reading and discourse.   Her interest and work in philosophical and social studies of technology was preceded by research in textual studies and theory of interpretation, with specific focus on  post-colonialism, topics on which she has several publications.  She holds a Masters in Comparative Literature, and a PhD in Philosophy, and has taught and lectured extensively in literary theory and in philosophy.

Lilian Edwards’ is Professor of Internet Law at Sheffield University.
Her principal research interests are in the law relating to the Internet, the Web and new technologies, with a European and comparative focus.She has co-edited two bestselling collections on Law and the Internet (Hart Publishing, 1997 and 2000 – 3rd edn due 2008) with Charlotte Waelde, and a third collection of essays The New Legal Framework for E-Commerce in Europe was published in 2005. Her work in on-line consumer privacy won the Barbara Wellbery Memorial Prize in 2004 for the best solution to the problem of privacy and transglobal data flows. She worked at Strathclyde University from 1986-1988 and Edinburgh University from 1989 to 2006 before moving to become Chair of Internet Law at Southampton from 2006-2008. She is Associate Director, and was co-founder, of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Centre for IP and Technology Law, funded from 2002-2012. She has taught IT, e-commerce and Internet law at undergraduate and postgraduate level since 1996 and been involved with law and artificial intelligence (AI) since 1985. She has been a visiting scholar and invited lecturer to universities in the USA, Canada, Australia, Mexico, and Latin America and has undertaken consultancy for the the European Parliament, the European commission and McAfee.

Professor Robin Mansel
l joined the LSE in 2001 as Professor of New Media and the Internet. Since October 2006 she has been Head of the Department of Media and Communications. She am also Director of the MSc in Communication, Information and Society and contribute to seminar teaching for PhD students.

Kieron O’Hara is a senior research fellow in Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton, and a research fellow of the Web Science Research Initiative, currently on the LiveMemories project. He is the author of nine books, including: ‘Plato and the Internet’ (2002); ‘Trust: From Socrates to Spin’ (2004); ‘inequality.com: Power, Poverty and the Digital Divide’ (2006, with David Stevens); and ‘The Spy in the Coffee Machine: The End of Privacy As We Know It’ (2008, with Nigel Shadbolt), as well as ‘A Framework for Web Science’ (2006, with Tim Berners-Lee, Wendy Hall, James A. Hendler, Nigel Shadbolt and Daniel J. Weitzner), for the journal ‘Foundations and Trends in Web Science’. He has also written extensively on British politics and political theory, and is a research fellow for the Centre for Policy Studies. He writes frequently for popular journals and newspapers, has appeared several times on radio and television, and regularly blogs for the British Computer Society and the Centre for Policy Studies.

Jeroen van den Hoven is professor of Moral Philosophy at Delft University of Technology. Van den Hoven is Vice Dean of the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management. He is Scientific Director of the Centre for Ethics and Technology of the Three Technical Universities in The Netherlands (www.ethicsandtechnology.eu) and Editor in Chief of Ethics and Information Technology (Springer). He has published numerous articles on Ethics and ICT. He recently published “Information Technology, Privacy and The Protection of personal Data” in: Information Technology and Moral Philosophy (eds. Van den Hoven & Weckert) Cambridge University Press, 2008

Closing Summary: Marina Jirotka

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