Full Programme for Web Science Research Week

An opportunity to meet Web Science students and hear about their research at Web Science Research Week.

The Web Science Institute and the Doctoral Training Centre at the University of Southampton invite you to the Web Science Research Week (24-28th February 2014) .

The Web Science Institute (WSI) acts as a focal point, co-ordinating and putting into practice education, research and enterprise initiatives on web-related developments at the University of Southampton. It brings together the brightest minds to generate insight and innovation.

Its inaugural research week will undertake a programme of short term projects.

The aims of the week are
– to answer questions and generate insight on issues relevant to the Web, Internet and Digital Economy
– to build relationships between Web Science partners and supporters from industry and academia
– to meet students and trainee researchers and influence and participate in their future research directions

If you are interested in applying for a Web Science MSc or PhD, you are very welcome to attend the launch on Monday 24th February or the presentations at the Royal Society in London on Friday 28th February. You will have the chance to speak to current Web Science students, read about their research during the poster session and decide whether a Web Science MSc or PhD is for you!

Research Week Programme:

Monday 24th February

Aim: Launch of the Research Week with keynote speakers, lunch and a poster session with a networking opportunity with our students and staff. Small teams of researchers set to work on each project.

11am  Welcome by Professor Dame Wendy Hall
11:15   Keynote talk from Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt and Professor Susan Halford
11:45   Introduction of the research projects by Professor Leslie Carr
12:30  Buffet lunch and Web Science Research Poster session
13:00 Talk by Hugh Davis about the MOOC Observatory in b85 r2209
14:00  Research groups start their project work

Location: Building 40, Garden Court Conference Rooms, Highfield Campus, University of Southampton

Tuesday 25th-Thursday 27th February

At University of Southampton: Research teams carry out project work.

Guest Seminars

Tuesday 25th February – Building 27, Room 3056 – (includes buffet lunch from 12:15)

12:30 – Richard Jones from the National Cybercrime Unit will be talking on researching and analysing the cyber criminal career pathway. How do offenders get into cyber criminality? What are their personality traits and motivations? In which environments do they develop the interest and then go onto become involved in criminality?

1pm – Glen Hart from Ordnance Survey will talk on ‘Reinventing Ordnance Survey for the Web Age – A research perspective’

Wednesday 26th February – B32, Level 4, 4077 – (includes buffet lunch from 12:00)

12:15 – Josie Smith, Research Scientist & National Lead for Substance Misuse (Harm Reduction) from the Welsh Emerging Drugs and Identification of Novel Substances Project (WEDINOS) will introduce her organisation and their work in identifying novel psychoactive substances.

12:45pm – Sam Hepenstal, an Intelligence Analyst within Trading Standards and Community Safety at Hampshire County Council will demonstrate how the web and the open source analytic tools are being harnessed to tackle traditional crime policing areas such as rogue trade activities and food fraud.

1:15pm – Wendy Seltzer is the Policy Counsel and Technology & Society Domain Lead at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), and a Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society.  She will be talking  about Privacy Feedback: Privacy decisions often lack meaningful contemporary feedback, leading us to undervalue the privacy risks. This talk will look at how privacy feedback fails, particularly online, and how that affects our technological, societal, and legal responses. It suggests improving privacy feedback loops to enable better self-regulation and privacy choices.

Thursday 27th February – B32, Level 4, 4077 – (includes buffet lunch from 12:00).

12:30pm – Kenji Takeda from Microsoft will give an overview of Microsoft and Microsoft Research’s research areas in Web Science.

1pm – John Taysom – 2012 Senior ALI Fellow, Harvard University, will talk on the following topic: ‘The underlying protocols of the internet were essentially connectionless. Adding layers of functionality to enable the maintenance of state and the delivery of the rich content we have come to rely on for work and depend on for play has also added exceptional surveillance capability to the web and to app based services. Can a less direct coupling of id to declared or observed attributes of individuals deliver better targeting and better privacy? And can a similar approach of applied web science also add value to the debate on connected medical records, smart energy metering, and even security surveillance?’

Friday 28th February – 11am at the Royal Society, London

Aim: Summary presentations from each research team, closing keynotes and lunch.

11am Introduction from Professor Dame Wendy Hall

11:10 Welcome from Professor Susan Halford
11:20 Keynote from Liam Maxwell – Chief Technology Officer for HM Government
11:40 Presentations from the Research Project groups
12:45 Buffet lunch
13:30 Web Science Research Poster Session
14:30 Introduction to MOOCs from Professor Hugh Davis

14:45 Closing words from Professor Dame Wendy Hall
15:00 Close

Location: Wellcome Trust Lecture Hall, The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

Please respond to c.wyatt@soton.ac.uk if you would like to participate and indicate whether you would like to:
1) register a place for the launch on Monday 24th February 2014 at the University of Southampton

2) attend one or more of the lunch seminars on Tuesday 25th – Thursday 27th

2) register a place for the closing event on Friday 28th February 2014 at The Royal Society, London



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