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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 →

Beyond 2019 by Clare Walsh

The Beyond Conference looks at research and development in the creative industries and this year’s focus was AI. I was funded to represent the CDT at this year’s Beyond Conference in the stunning Assembly Rooms in the heart of Edinburgh. This was unlike many AI conferences, with a fairly even balance between examples of how the creative industries are currently using AI to create art, and how important AI issues can be shared with a wider audience through creative works. Continue reading →

Tomorrow’s Leviathan – Machine Learning in a Political World

By Ellena Parsons Today’s WSI Distinguished Lecture was delivered by Professor Phil Howard of the Oxford Internet Institute, based at the University of Oxford. The overarching theme of Prof. Howards lecture was the notion of Artificial Intelligence having an influence – whether positive or negative – on politics, and the wider implications of AI influencing public opinion via social media. Prof. Continue reading →

WSTNet Web Science Summer School – by Maria Priestley

This year’s Web Science Summer School provided a great opportunity to learn about the theme of Artificial Intelligence (AI) from a diverse range of perspectives. In the usual spirit of Web Science, we were presented with a well-rounded selection of talks and workshops covering the social, technical and ethical issues surrounding AI technology. It was fantastic that these sessions came directly from some of the leading experts in the respective fields. Continue reading →

One book to rule the world … Web Science Summer School 2019

In the social sciences, I use statistical techniques to uncover data trails of human behaviour. I look for some really hidden behaviours – ones that no-one is going to admit to in a survey, like ‘Did you cheat or guess the answers in your exam?’ We use probability based measures and look at error terms to make our judgments. It doesn’t sound wildly different from the work of people who prefer to use the title ‘data scientist’. Continue reading →