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The University of Southampton
Web Science Institute

Keynote:- Nigel Shadbolt - The Fifth Paradigm: Open Innovation and Open Data Event

Nigel Shadbolt
13:30 - 14:30
22 July 2014
Highfield Campus, Building 45/2040

For more information regarding this event, please telephone Claire Wyatt on 02380592738 or email .

Event details

As part of this year’s Web Science Summer School hosted by the Centre for Doctoral Training and the Web Science Institute, we are providing a series of keynote talks starting Monday 21st July through to Friday 25th July and we are opening up the keynote talks to you all. Spaces are limited.

We are living in an age of superabundant information. The Internet and World Wide Web have been the agents of this revolution. This deluge of information and data has led to a range of scientific discoveries and engineering innovations. Data at Web scale has allowed us to characterise the shape and structure of the Web itself and to efficiently search its billions of items of contents. Data published on the Web has enabled the mobilisation of hundreds of thousands of humans to solve problems beyond any individual or single organisation. Open government data published on the Web is improving the efficiency and accountability of our public services. Open data is giving rise to open innovation that is generating social, environmental and economic value. Data science is emerging as an area of competitive advantage for individuals, companies, public and private sector organisations and nation states. A Web of data offers new opportunities and challenges for science, government and business. This lecture will discuss these fast moving developments and how they will impact our lives.

Speaker information

Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt,Southampton University,Sir Nigel Shadbolt is Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Southampton, where he leads the Web and Internet Science Group. He is also the Chairman and Co-Founder of the Open Data Institute (ODI). Since 2009, Sir Nigel has acted as an Information Adviser to the UK Government, helping transform public access to Government information, including the widely acclaimed site. With over 400 publications he researches and publishes on open data, artificial intelligence, computer and web science. During his career, he has also worked in philosophy, psychology and linguistics. Since 2000 he has secured 17 projects as Principal Investigator with a value of over £20 million pounds. He is currently Principal Investigator on a £6.14M EPSRC funded Programme Grant researching the theory of social machines - Web scale problem solving systems comprising large numbers of humans and computers. In 2006 he was one of three founding Directors of Garlik Ltd, which in 2008 was awarded Technology Pioneer status by the Davos World Economic Forum and won the prestigious UK national BT Flagship Award. Garlik was acquired by Experian Ltd in 2011. In 2013 he was awarded a Knighthood for services to science and engineering.

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