Dame Wendy Hall, DBE, FRS, FREng

BCS President 2003/04

Dame Wendy HallDame Wendy Hall, DBE, FRS, FREng is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton, and is the Executive Director of the University’s Web Science Institute.

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.

Dame Wendy was President of the British Computer Society from 2003 to 2004.

In 2009 she became a Dame Commander of the British Empire and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

She has also previously been Senior Vice President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, was a founding member of the European Research Council and Chair of the European Commission’s ISTAG 2010-2012. She was elected President of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) in July 2008, the first person from outside North America to hold this position.

She is currently a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, and is a member of the Global Commission on Internet Governance, and is Chair of the British Council’s Education Advisory Group.