Web Science Trust Managing Director, Professor Dame Wendy Hall has been named one of the top most inspirational women in European technology by the Inspiring Fifty programme. Recognising Dame Wendy’s prominent global role in the development of the Semantic Web, and the academic discipline of Web Science (which celebrates it’s 10th anniversary this year), judges on the Inspiring Fifty panel acknowledged the significant part she has played in encouraging women into Science, Engineering and Technology. Dame Wendy has, they say:
“shattered many glass ceilings … to promote the role of women in SET, and acting as an important role model for others”.
In addition to her work at the WST, Dame Wendy is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton, and Executive Director of the Web Science Institute. One of the first computer scientists to work in ground-breaking multimedia and hypermedia research, Dame Wendy’s contribution is of international significance. She currently leads Semantic Web application research, and explores the interface between the life sciences and physical sciences.
Ian’s role at Southampton is two-fold: he is Projects director for the Web Science Trust where he supports the board of trustees in a co-ordinating role between labs, industry partners and the Trust and as a post-grad research student where he is interested in Innovation around the Web Observatory and writes a personal blog on web science related topics.
Ian has spent 30 years in IT working for such organisations as IBM, Logica, Tibco and Thomson Reuters in a variety of positions covering project and programme management, development management, has operated his own consultancy BlackApple Limited since 1984 and has served as a non-exec director for several companies. His areas of experience are in Trading Systems, Supply Chains, Collaboration, Project Management and Cognitive Behavioural coaching and therapy.
Ian originally graduated from the University of Keele and holds a BA in IT and German, an MSc in Securities & Investment Banking from Reading University and is currently at Southampton studying for a PhD in Web Science with the Doctoral Training Centre.