AGM and presentation by Wendy Hall, Past President of BCS

Date:
Thursday 2 June 2005

Time:
7.00pm (Finger Buffet 6.30pm)

Speaker:
Wendy Hall will present: Towards the Semantic Web: the Power of Networks.

Venue:
Chilworth Manor Hotel, location details

The Semantic Web is Tim Berners-Lee's vision of the next generation of the Web.

In this talk I will aim to describe my personal research journey, from my early days of hypermedia and multimedia research, through Web-based link services, to the Semantic Web technologies we are building today, in the context of my career as a woman in engineering. As we design and build complex knowledge-based systems to help us make sense of the vast amounts of information available to us on an everyday basis via the WWW, I am constantly aware of how we use networks of machines, systems and people to solve our problems.

I have found in my career that the power of networks is the best way to overcome some of the issues that arise from the still overwhelming gender imbalance in SET. I will conclude the talk with a look to the future, using my current research interests at the interface of computer science and the life sciences to paint a picture of a world in which there are as many women computer scientists as there are men.

Biography

Wendy Hall is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton, UK and currently Head of the School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS). She was the founding Head of the Intelligence, Agents, Multimedia (IAM) Research Group in ECS. She is the co-author of the book "Hypermedia and the Web: an Engineering Approach" (Wiley, 1999) and has published over 300 papers in areas such as hypermedia, multimedia, digital libraries, multi-agent systems and knowledge technologies. She was President of BCS 2003-04.

She is a member of the Prime Minister's Council for Science and Technology, a member of IW3C2, a member of the executive committee of UKCRC, a member of the Council of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a member of the Council of the ACM, and a non-executive director of several companies and charitable trusts. She was awarded a CBE and made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2000, and is also a Fellow of the BCS, the IEE, and the City and Guilds of London Institute.