The MIT Human Dynamics Lab
The Human Dynamics Lab at the MIT Media Laboratories pioneered the idea of a society enabled by Big Data. The Lab has developed technologies such as reality mining, which uses mobile phone data to extract patterns that predict future human behavior, a `nervous system’ framework for dramatically more efficient transportation, health, energy, and financial systems, the New Deal on Data policies which are now enshrined in the US Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, and a Trust Network communication architecture that ensures that this new data driven society is secure and fair.
The institute “WeST – Web Science and Technologies” works on issues related to the usage and the technologies of the World Wide Web. Researchers consider the technical aspects of the Web being a globally networked information system and information services as well as the personal and social aspects of Web usage. They aim at understanding the structure and evolution of the Web, for making the Web even more useful and for ensuring its future prosperity and usefulness. Germane to these aspects are the novel technologies of the Semantic Web, Web Retrieval, Multimedia Web, Interactive Web and the Software Web.
Web Science is the study of the largest information construct on the planet (the Web), the engineering principles of the protocols and software that form it and the impact of universal information provision on society. It is a multi-disciplinary approach to a technical understanding of the construction and analysis of the Web as a distributed global information system and a qualitative examination of the social impact of the Web on human society. Web Scientists will develop an understanding of the Web’s development and growth, its capacity for furthering global knowledge and communication, and its inherent values of trustworthiness, privacy and respect for social boundaries.
The Web Science Doctoral Training Centre is hosted by the school and provides funded scholarships for fifty doctoral students in Web Science. It is part of a £250million investment in the future of UK science and technology by the RCUK Digital Economy programme.
April 28th 2008, Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University and the University of Southampton signed contract on building web science laboratory cooperatively. The joint laboratory aims to gather global famous experts, jointly study the development of web technology and industry issues, and build high level research center based on the foundation of cooperation between Tsinghua and Southampton.
Information, communication, and networking technologies create innovative ways to connect people, communities, organizations, and economies in the Information Society. New local and global opportunities emerge for people to associate and collaborate in a wide diversity of relationships. Networks offer highly flexible and versatile forms of association and organization across existing boundaries. Driving these networks is a continuous process of creating, exchanging and sharing information and knowledge. These innovations have a fundamental impact on how we work, think, and act.
The Network Institute’s research mission is to come to a better scientific understanding of the emerging networked world in all its technological, economic and social aspects, and to help further its proper development.
“Researching the networked world in all its social, technological and economic aspects”