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Professor Dame Wendy Hall DBE, FREng, FBCS, FIET, FCGI, FRS

Director of the Web Sciences Institute, Professor of Computer Science

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Professor Dame Wendy Hall is part of the Institute for Life Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Wendy Hall, DBE, FRS, FREng, is Professor of Computer Science in Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton and is a Director of the Web Science Institute. She was Head of the School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) from 2002 to 2007 and was Dean of the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering from 2010 to 2014.

One of the first computer scientists to undertake serious research in multimedia and hypermedia, she has been at its forefront ever since. The influence of her work has been significant in many areas including digital libraries, the development of the Semantic Web and the emerging research discipline of Web Science.

Her current research includes applications of the Semantic Web and exploring the interface between the life sciences and the physical sciences. She is Managing Director of the Web Science Trust.

In addition to playing a prominent role in the development of her subject, she also helps shape science and engineering policy and education. Through her leadership roles on national and international bodies, she has shattered many glass ceilings, readily deploying her position on numerous national and international bodies to promote the role of women in SET and acting as an important role model for others.

She became a Dame Commander of the British Empire in the 2009 UK New Year's Honours list and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in June 2009.

She was elected President of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) in July 2008 and was the first person from outside North America to hold this position.

Until July 2008, she was Senior Vice President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, was a member of the UK Prime Minister's Council for Science and Technology and was a founder member of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council. She was President of the British Computer Society from 2003 to 2004 and an EPSRC Senior Research Fellow from 1996 to 2002.


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I chose to stay on and do a PhD, as I loved the University and Southampton and I thought another 3 years here would be great. I adored my PhD and had a wonderful supervisor.

Research interests

Wendy's current research includes applications of the Semantic Web and exploring the interface between the life sciences and the physical sciences.

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Book Chapters

  • Luczak-Roesch, M., Tinati, R., Aljaloud, S., Hall, W., & Shadbolt, N. (2016). A universal socio-technical computing machine. In International Conference on Web Engineering (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Vol. 9671). Cham: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-38791-8_48
  • O'Hara, K., & Hall, W. (2013). Web science. In W. Dutton (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Internet Studies (pp. 48-68). (Oxford handbooks in Business and Management). Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press.
  • O'Hara, K., Berners-Lee, T., Hall, W., & Shadbolt, N. (2010). Use of the Semantic Web in e-Research. In W. H. Dutton, & P. W. Jeffrys (Eds.), World Wide Research: Reshaping the Sciences and Humanities Cambridge, US: MIT Press.
  • O'Hara, K., & Hall, W. (2010). Web Science and Reflective Practice. In Moira Cockell, Jerome Billotte, Frederic Darbellay & Francis Waldvogel (eds.), Common Knowledge: The Challenge of Transdisciplinarity (pp. 205-218). EPFL Press.
  • O'Hara, K., & Hall, W. (2009). Semantic Web. In Marcia J. Bates; Mary Niles Maack; Miriam Drake (eds), Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science Second Edition Taylor & Francis.
  • Hall, W., & O'Hara, K. (2009). Semantic Web. In Robert A. Meyers (ed.), Encyclopedia of Complexity and Systems Science Springer.
  • Shadbolt, N., Ciravegna, F., Domingue, J., Hall, W., Motta, E., O'Hara, K., ... Wilks, Y. (2004). Advanced Knowledge Technologies at the Midterm: Tools and Methods for the Semantic Web. In N. Shadbolt, & K. O'Hara (Eds.), AKT Selected Papers 2004 (pp. 1-60). School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton.
  • Hitchcock, S. M., Carr, L. A., & Hall, W. (1996). A Survey of STM Online Journals 1990-95: the Calm before the Storm: sixth. In D. Mogge (Ed.), Directory of Electronic Journals, Newsletters and Academic Discussion Lists, sixth edition (pp. 7-32). Association of Research Libraries.
  • Bailey, J. D., Reed, P. A. S., & Hall, W. (1994). Interactive computer based learning for engineers. In Proceedings of the IEE Colloquium on Computer-Based Learning in Engineering (pp. 6/1-6/3). Piscataway, USA: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
  • Davis, H., Hall, W., & Heath, I. (1994). Media integration issues in open hypermedia systems. In R. I. Damper, W. Hall, & J. W. Richards (Eds.), Multimedia Technologies and Future Applications (pp. 225-236). Pentech Press.
  • Rahz, S., Hall, W., & Allen, T. (1992). The development of dynamic archaeological publications. In S. Rahtz, & P. Reilly (Eds.), Archaeology and the Information Age (One World Archaeology). Abingdon, GB: Routledge.



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Professor Dame Wendy Hall
Faculty of Physical Science and Engineering, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ, United Kingdom

Room Number: 32/3045

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