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INLG Conference and the ‘Evaluating NLG Evaluations’ Workshop

By Lesia Tkacz  | Web Science iPhD student Thanks to the Web Science CDT training fund, I had the opportunity to attend the 13th International Conference on Natural Language Generation (INLG 2020) which was held online from Dublin from 15 to 18 December. As a subfield of Natural Language Processing (NLP), Natural Language Generation (NLG) generates text from data. Continue reading →

WebSci’20 – an online event by Ian Coombs and Justyna Lisinska

Back in July, the University hosted the WebSci'20 international conference. This was an opportunity for academics from across the world to descend on Southampton to share their research, discuss topics of common interest, network and otherwise socialise. WebSci'20 brought together researchers from various disciplines including computer and information science, economy, communication and health science. Continue reading →

Making the Web Human-Centric: New Directions in the Web and AI for Countering Violent Extremism – Ashton Kingdon

Thirty years have passed since Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. In his 2019 open letter on the future of this technology, he opined that whilst the Web has created some wonderful opportunities, giving marginalised groups a voice, and making our daily lives easier, it has also created opportunities for the spreading of misinformation, giving a voice to those who disseminate hatred, and made many types of crime easier to commit. Continue reading →

CDT students attend Web Science workshop in Bangalore, India

A group of CDT students took up the opportunity to participate in the 2020 Web Science for Development Workshop. Hosted by the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Bangalore, the three day event brought together professionals from several domains to address issues relevant to the World Wide Web and humanity. You can read all about their thoughts on this trip in the blogs below. Continue reading →

NExt++ Workshop, Singapore by Simon Jonsson

After the 13 hour flight we landed in Singapore. The first day was spent resting and seeing what the city had to offer. In the evening we ate a local dinner with Professor Dame Wendy Hall. The first day of the workshop took place in a vigorously air conditioned room at our hotel. Many interesting talks ensued with topics surrounding fake news, natural language processing and the future of trust on the Web. Continue reading →

CDT Trip to Singapore 9-13 November 2019 by Juljan Krause and Allison Noble

When first- and second-year Web Science doctoral researchers Allison and Juljan disembarked the aircraft after a remarkably comfortable 13hr-flight on the A380, the biggest passenger plane in the world, they were immediately treated to another awe-inspiring engineering masterpiece. At 40 metres and surrounded by a four-storeyed terraced rain forest, the Rain Vortex at Changi Airport is the world’s largest indoor waterfall. Continue reading →

NExT++ Workshop, Day 2 by Bernard Roper

The second day of the Next ++ conference was divided into two tracks, one continuing the main conference and the other focused on stu  dent presentations. The format for the latter was a significant break with the norm, but an interesting and rewarding experience, nonetheless. PhD students from Southampton, the National University of Singapore and Tsinghua University in China were divided into four groups, with students from each university in each group. Continue reading →