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Tat-Seng Chua – National University of Singapore



WSTnet Lab: NUS School of Computing

Home Page: Tat-Seng Chua

Dr Chua is the KITHCT Chair Professor at the School of Computing, National University of Singapore. He was the Acting and Founding Dean of the School during 1998-2000. Dr Chua’s main research interest is in multimedia information retrieval and social media analysis. In particular, his research focuses on the extraction, retrieval and question-answering (QA) of text, video and live media arising from the Web and social networks. He is the Director of a multi-million-dollar joint Center (named NExT) between NUS and Tsinghua University in China to develop technologies for live media search. The project will gather, mine, search and organize user-generated contents within the cities of Beijing and Singapore. His group participates regularly in TREC-QA and TRECVID video retrieval evaluations.

Dr Chua is active in the international research community. He has organized and served as program committee member of numerous international conferences in the areas of computer graphics, multimedia and text processing. He is the conference co-chair of ACM Multimedia 2005, ACM CIVR 2005, and ACM SIGIR 2008. He serves in the editorial boards of: ACM Transactions of Information Systems (ACM), Foundation and Trends in Information Retrieval (NOW), The Visual Computer (Springer Verlag), and Multimedia Tools and Applications (Kluwer). He is the member of steering committee of ICMR (International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval) and Multimedia Modeling conference series; and as member of International Review Panel of two large-scale research projects in Europe.

Dr Chua serves as the Chairman of the Board of Examiners for the Certified IT Project Management (“CITPM”) in Singapore. He is the independent Director of 2 publicly listed companies in Singapore. He holds a PhD from the University of Leeds, UK.

David de Roure – Oxford eResearch Centre


WstNET Lab: Oxford e-Research Centre

Home Page: David de Roure

David De Roure is Professor of e-Research at University of Oxford, Director of the Oxford e-Research Centre, Co-Director of the Institute for the Future of Computing in the Oxford Martin School and has a coordinating role in Digital Humanities at Oxford. Focused on advancing digital scholarship, he works closely with multiple disciplines including social sciences (concentrating on social machines and web observatories), digital humanities (computational musicology) and previously bioinformatics, chemistry, environmental science and social statistics. He is an expert in big data analytics and has an extensive background in distributed computing, Web, Linked Data and social computing, runs the social website for sharing scientific workflows and promotes innovation in scholarly communication. He is closely involved in The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, a member of the Cyber Security Centre and collaborates in Oxford’s WSTNet laboratory with the Oxford Internet Institute.

From OERC profile

Sandy Pentland – MIT Human Dynamics Laboratory







Alex `Sandy’ Pentland directs MIT’s Human Dynamics Laboratory and the MIT Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program, co-leads the World Economic Forum Big Data and Personal Data initiatives, and is a founding member of the Advisory Boards for Nissan, Motorola Mobility, and a variety of start-up firms. He has previously helped create and direct MIT’s Media Laboratory, the Media Lab Asia laboratories at the Indian Institutes of Technology, and Strong Hospital’s Center for Future Health.

WstNET Lab: MIT Human Dynamics Lab

Home Page: Prof. Alex `Sandy’ Pentland

Fil Menczer – CNetS Indiana


Fil Menczer is Professor of Informatics and Computer Science and the Director of the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing. He also has courtesy appointments in Cognitive Science and Physics, and is affiliated with the Center for Data and Search Informatics and the Biocomplexity Institute. Finally he is the Lagrange Senior Fellow at the ISI Foundation’s Complex Networks Lab in Torino, Italy.

WstNET Lab: CNetS Indiana

Home Page: Filippo Menczer