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Malaysia guest lectures to shed new light on the wonders of the Web and Internet Science

Published: 23 August 2013
Sir David Payne

Two of the world's leading experts on the science, development and applications of the World-Wide Web and the technology that drives the Internet will make a special appearance at the University of Southampton Malaysia Campus at the EduCity@Iskandar, Johor, next month.

Professor Dame Wendy Hall, Dean of Physical Sciences and Engineering at Southampton, and Professor Sir David Payne, Director of the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University, will share the podium to deliver two guest lectures on Friday, 6 September, 2013.

Professor Hall, recognised as one of the most influential women in UK IT, will speak on 'The Evolution of the Web: The Power of Networks' (lecture at 2.45 pm). Professor Hall was one of the first scientists to carry out serious research in multimedia and hypermedia and has remained at the forefront of this field for decades. Together with World-Wide Web inventor Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Open Data guru Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt, Dame Wendy co-founded the Web Science Research Initiative in 2006. She is currently a Director of the Web Science Trust which has a global mission to support the development of research, education and thought leadership in Web Science.

Sir David, an internationally distinguished research leader in photonics, will focus on 'Lasers, Light and the Global Internet' (lecture at 4.00 pm). He is one of the most highly honoured members of the photonics community and has been awarded the top American, European and Japanese prizes in photonics - the science and application of light and electronics. Sir David's contribution to the development of optoelectronics, both academically and commercially, has made a major impact on telecommunications, forming the backbone of the internet the world enjoys today.

"David and I have never given back to back talks before so we're very excited to be doing so in Malaysia," says Dame Wendy. "It's a great opportunity for us to speak about the strength of the work we do at Southampton in terms of creating the infrastructure for the Internet and the development of the Web."

Admission to the two guest lectures is free but pre-registration is required.

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