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Professor Mark Weal

Professor Mark Weal


Research interests

  • Digital Health
  • Behavioural Interventions
  • Semantic Web

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Accepting applications from PhD students.


Address: B13, East Highfield Campus, University Road, SO17 1BJ


Mark is a Professor in the Digital Health and Biomedical Engineering Group in Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. He is a Co-Director of the Web Science Institute, the Director of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Web Science Innovation and the Centre for Doctoral Training in Human Centred AI. Mark is a Web Science Trust Fellow and a member of the University strategic research groups the ECS Centre for Health Technologies and the Centre of Excellence for the Future of Human Communication and the Interdisciplinary Dementia and Ageing Centre (iDeAC).

He is a co-director and the technical lead for the LifeGuide project, a multidisciplinary initiative led by Professor Lucy Yardley that has attracted funding of well over £45 million (from MRC, EPSRC, ESRC, NIHR, EC and medical charities) for the development of online digital public health interventions such as weight management, hand hygiene and smoking cessation, as well as illness management interventions including diabetes, cancer, respiratory conditions and eczema.

In addition to online behaviour change initiatives, Mark's research interests include the application of Semantic Web technologies to pervasive systems and methodologies for the use of social media data to assist in disaster management. Mark has worked for a number of years in the area of information systems, from hypermedia systems for eLearning through to information infrastructures for multi-user pervasive experiences as exemplified by his work on the Equator IRC.

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