University of Southampton


06 April 2016

US Library of Congress Research Position for Professor Dame Wendy Hall

Professor Dame Wendy Hall appointed Kluge Chair in Technology and Society at US Library of Congress

08 March 2016

Web Science pioneer named amongst most inspirational in European technology

Professor Dame Wendy Hall has been named among the top 50 most inspirational women in European technology for 2016 as revealed by Inspiring Fifty.

01 March 2016

Southampton’s innovative STEMReader tool released to the public

A trial version of Southampton’s innovative STEMReader project is being released to the public.

27 January 2016

Faculty Professors among Britain’s ‘Most Influential’

Four Academics within the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering have again been named in the prestigious Debrett’s 500 for 2016.

 Neil Chue Hong, Software Sustainability Institute
01 December 2015

Research software receives £3.5m cross-council support

The Software Sustainability Institute receives £3.5m cross-council funding to continue valuable support for the UK's research software community.

27 November 2015

Southampton aims to help realize Europe’s Open Data potential

The University of Southampton is part of the new European Data Portal, launched last week to help realize the potential of Europe’s Open Data.

Pictured: Dr Ibañez and Llorenç Vaquer (second and third from left) with organizers at the Open Data Mashup Challenge
25 November 2015

Southampton team tackles Open Data Mashup Challenge for the student journey

Southampton was one of five universities selected to participate in the first Open Data Mashup Day, themed on 'Enhancing the Student Journey', and held in London last week.

JP Rangaswami
06 November 2015

Deutsche Bank’s Chief Data Officer appointed Adjunct Professor by University of Southampton

The University of Southampton has appointed JP Rangaswami, the Chief Data Officer at Deutsche Bank, as an Adjunct Professor.

L-R: Ayse, Olja, Olivia, Adriana, Dorota
05 November 2015

Electronics and Computer Science well represented at ACM WomENcourage Conference

A group of five students from the Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) at the University of Southampton received academic scholarships for €300 each to present their various engineering and computer science projects at the second Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) WomENcourage conference, this year held in Uppsala, Sweden.

10 September 2015

Europe’s Open Data Incubator announces first awards

The first group of new startup businesses to be funded from Europe’s Open Data Incubator, ODINE, range from an innovative app that helps track infectious diseases to a global search engine for the Internet of Things.

03 September 2015

Minister praises University support for Computing Science Network

Academics praised by government minister for contribution to UK’s Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science

07 August 2015

Southampton web specialist creates art installation with Minecraft

ECS Linked Open Data Architect creates Isle of Wight town of Ventnor in 1m Minecraft blocks

20 July 2015

Southampton professor calls for changes in the law for surveillance by UK intelligence agencies

Professor Dame Wendy Hall from the University of Southampton has co-authored a significant new report, which calls for a fresh start in the law for surveillance practices in the UK.

02 July 2015

GCHQ Certifies Master's Degree in Cyber Security

Southampton’s MSc in Cyber Security is one of just six UK university degree programmes to receive certified status by GCHQ in 2015.

Institute Directors at the WSI launch, 2014
05 June 2015

Web Science Institute: The era of ‘big data analytics’

The University of Southampton’s Web Science Institute (WSI) is celebrating its first anniversary at a special event in London on Monday 8 June.

20 May 2015

New Europe-wide open data incubator programme offers startups €100k equity free funding

The new, EU funded, Open Data Incubator for Europe (ODInE), which involves ECS, is today calling out to startups across the UK and Europe, to apply for a place on its new programme with the chance to secure up to €100k grant funding.

22 April 2015

Professor Dame Wendy Hall receives Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award

Professor Dame Wendy Hall has been recognised by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for transforming the way the world views computing.

26 February 2015

University of Southampton to help drive UK and Japan partnership

The University of Southampton will be represented among the keynote speakers at the launch of Innovation is GREAT in Tokyo this Friday.

EDSA will help Europe meet big data skills gap
26 February 2015

University of Southampton to help Europe meet big data skills gap

Researchers from the University of Southampton will play a major role in establishing a European Data Science Academy

25 February 2015

Southampton supports the creation of India’s first Web Observatory

India’s first Web Observatory has been launched by Professor Dame Wendy Hall at the International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore.

2nd International Conference on Internet Science, Brussels, 27-29 May 2015
14 February 2015

2nd International Conference on Internet Science – Brussels, 27-29 May 2015

Following the 1st and very successful conference held in April 2013 in Brussels, The Network of Excellence in Internet Science (EINS) initiative, supported by the European Commission, holds its 2nd International Conference on Internet Science from May 27 to 29, 2015 at Flagey in Brussels, Belgium. Thanassis Tiropanis from the Web and Internet Science group, University of Southampton is general chair of the conference.

The conference is around three main multidisciplinary topics:

- Internet and society (Internet and political participation, Internet of things and society, Virtual communities and behavioural patterns…),

- Internet and governance (Internet governance and evolution, Internet solutions for Sustainability, Social sciences and ethics for Internet use…),

- Internet and innovation (Collective intelligence for innovative solutions, New collaborative markets analytics, intellectual property and the commons…).

Accepted papers will be presented at the conference and published by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series. A prize of 500 euros will recognize the best contribution whose first author is a student. The submission deadline is 20 February 2015.

Through their work together, the EINS partners aim at strengthening scientific and technological excellence by developing an integrated and interdisciplinary scientific understanding of Internet networks and their co-evolution with society.

The objective of EINS and this conference is to foster studies and experiments between all disciplines studying Internet systems from any technological or humanistic perspective, and which in turn are being transformed by continuous advances in Internet functionality.

For more details and registration, please visit the 2nd International Conference on Internet Science website.

29 January 2015

Pursuing a major advance in environmental sensing

Academics at the University of Southampton are collaborating on a multidisciplinary project that could see a major advance in environmental sensing.

26 January 2015

Four Faculty Academics in Debrett’s 500

Four Academics within the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering have been named in the prestigious Debrett’s 500. Published in association with The Sunday Times, the Debrett’s 500 recognises the most influential and inspiring people living and working in Britain today.

26 January 2015

Sharing world-class research with new app

Researchers from Electronics and Computer Science have developed a new app to help share world-class research and to find out the latest research news through your phone or tablet.

18 December 2014

REF2014: World-leading research in Electronics and Computer Science

The University of Southampton has come out top in the UK for Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) results.

Philip Basford setting up the system in the Louvre
12 December 2014

ECS imaging system in use in the British Museum and the Louvre

A special imaging system has been delivered to the British Museum and the Louvre. The "reflectance transformation imaging" domes use 76 LED lights and a high quality digital SLR camera to capture unique images of ancient artefacts.

Professor Mike Wald
10 December 2014

Southampton wins further national funding to open up access to STEM subjects for students with disabilities

An innovative University of Southampton project to open up access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects for students with learning disabilities and print disabilities such as visual impairments and dyslexia has proved such a success that it has been awarded further funding to develop the idea from concept to prototype or demonstrator.

01 December 2014

Professor Dame Wendy Hall appointed to new international council

Southampton Professor Dame Wendy Hall has been named as a founding member of a new International Council on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (iCAIR).

14 November 2014

It’s crucial to raise awareness of the importance of good code

"With few exceptions, every significant advance in research over at least the past 30 years would have been impossible without computer software. Research software—used to produce results rather than for, say, word processing or web searches—has spread far beyond traditionally computational fields such as particle physics and bioinformatics to achieve near ubiquity in all disciplines."

Hugh Davis
09 October 2014

Breaking the Mould: how technologies change the way we learn

Professor Hugh Davis will be giving his inaugural lecture, “Breaking the Mould: how technologies change the way we learn”, on Monday November 3rd 2014

Simon Hettrick and Software Sustainability Institute
29 July 2014

Engineering a future for research software and its makers

Simon Hettrick, the Deputy Director of Software Sustainability Institute at University of Southampton, calls for a way to recognise and measure researchers' contributions on the software they write beyond a single project.

03 July 2014

Southampton professor named the most influential woman in UK IT

Professor Dame Wendy Hall, Dean of Physical Sciences and Engineering at the University of Southampton, has been named as the most influential woman in UK IT by a national computing website.

Visiting Professor Liam Maxwell
11 June 2014

Government Chief Technology Officer appointed Visiting Professor by University of Southampton

The University of Southampton has appointed Liam Maxwell, the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for HM Government, as a Visiting Professor in Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton.

10 June 2014

New Web Science Institute to explore how the Web will shape our future

The University of Southampton officially launches its new Web Science Institute on Thursday 12 June to investigate how the World Wide Web is changing the world and the world is changing the Web.

Dr Mark Weal
30 April 2014

National award for University multidisciplinary team

A multidisciplinary team from the University of Southampton has won a national prize for their innovative research into the future of sociology in the digital age.

The game is the first ARG to explore digital provenance
12 February 2014

New alternate-reality game the first to explore digital provenance

A ground-breaking transmedia alternate-reality game (ARG), which is the first large-scale project to explore ‘digital provenance’, has been launched.

Jonathon Hare and Dr Sina Samangooei
27 November 2013

3D model heads

Dr Jonathon Hare and his colleague Dr Sina Samangooei from the University of Southampton’s Web and Internet Science Group have been 3D printing model heads of some well-known people based on obsolete technology.

Some members of the Southampton team at the MediaEval workshop
20 November 2013

Undergraduate and researcher team triumph at MediaEval in Barcelona

Jonathon Hare recently returned from the international MediaEval workshop in Barcelona- the concluding meeting of the 2013 international MediaEval multimedia benchmarking challenges on which teams have been working hard on over the last few months.

08 November 2013

New Web Science Institute to explore how the Web will shape our future

The University of Southampton is launching the new Web Science Institute today (11 November) to investigate how the World Wide Web is changing the world and the world is changing the Web.

Nigel Shadbolt receiving his knighthood
01 November 2013

University of Southampton Professor Nigel Shadbolt receives Knighthood

Professor Nigel Shadbolt, one of the world’s leading experts in Web Science and the pioneering co-founder of the A Open Data Institute (ODI), received his knighthood for services to science and engineering, at his Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace this week (30 October 2013).

01 October 2013

Open Data Institute announces University of Southampton as Honorary Partner on one-year anniversary

The Open Data Institute (ODI) has awarded Honorary Founding Partner status to the University of Southampton in recognition of its exceptional contribution to the setup and development of the organisation. It comes exactly 12 months after its unofficial opening and move to its London HQ.

Professor Stevan Harnad
23 September 2013

Liège University awards honorary doctorate to Stevan Harnad

For his two decades of contributions to Open Access, Professor Stevan Harnad is to be awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Liège in Belgium on Wednesday 25 September.

Web Science MOOC is open for registration
18 September 2013

University of Southampton pioneers massive open online course (MOOC) in Web Science

Electronics and Computer Science (ECS), Social Sciences, Management and the Centre for Innovation in Technologies and Education (CITE) is launching its pioneering its first free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) today (September 18th) on Web Science.

The course is a free online study programme that will give people the opportunity to get a taste of Web Science – an innovative, multi-disciplinary area of research that explores the technical and social sides of the Web.

08 July 2013

New expert network to advise on keeping your data safe

The UK Anonymisation Network (UKAN) will advise organisations and companies on how to minimise the risk that personal details of individual people are inadvertently revealed when data are used to create valuable services.

Professor Nigel Shadbolt
15 June 2013

Professor Nigel Shadbolt to receive Knighthood

Professor Nigel Shadbolt, one of the world’s leading experts in Web Science and the pioneering co-founder of the Open Data Institute (ODI), has been knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to science and engineering.

22 March 2013

Launch of the first HE equipment-sharing database

The first national equipment and facilities-sharing database has been launched for UK higher education –

23 November 2012

Southampton launches Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research

The future of cyber security research has been placed in the capable hands of experts at the University of Southampton following the opening of a new Academic Centre of Excellence.

19 November 2012

Joint venture to shape the future of the Web

University of Southampton in the UK and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in Germany come together to launch SoFWIRed, a new collaborative venture in Web and Internet Science.

Rhinos in park
05 November 2012

Rhino Pi?

What happens if you cross a rhino with a raspberry pi? A rhino that tweets? A programmable rhino? A multimedia rhino?

The City of Southampton is organising a herd of rhinos throughout the city next summer - see for details. We have the chance to decorate and kit out a rhino to show off ECS - we just need some ideas of how to make an interesting, engaging rhino.

Contact Les Carr (lac) if you are interested in getting involved.

05 September 2012

Global Web Index published for first time

ECS Professor Nigel Shadbolt was a member of the Steering Group for the new global Web Index, compiled by the World Wide Web Foundation, and published today at a launch event in London.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee at the Olympics Opening Ceremony
31 July 2012

Sir Tim Berners-Lee and the Web take centre-stage at Olympics opening

Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the World Wide Web, had a special role at the spectacular opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on Friday 27 July.

Professor Dame Wendy Hall
19 July 2012

Dame Wendy Hall named one of the most influential women in UK IT

Professor Dame Wendy Hall, Dean of Physical and Applied Sciences at the University of Southampton, has been named as the second most influential woman in UK IT in a poll published in Computer Weekly.

28 May 2012

Cyber Security Research Centre awarded 'Centre of Excellence' status

The Cyber Security Research Centre, led by Professor Vladimiro Sassone of ECS-Electronics and Computer Science, has been awarded ‘Academic Centre of Excellence’ status by the British intelligence agency GCHQ.

Professor Nigel Shadbolt outside 10 Downing Street
22 May 2012

Nigel Shadbolt speaks to Wired about the potential for Open Data

In a major interview in this month’s Wired magazine, Professor Nigel Shadbolt outlines the future plans and potential value of the new Open Data Institute (ODI) which will open in Shoreditch, London, later this year.

Jonathan Hare and Sina Samangooei with an appropriately Western-themed poster
17 December 2011

ECS researchers win prestigious awards at ACM Multimedia conference

Prestigious prizes for Best Open-Source Software were awarded to ECS researchers Dr Jonathon Hare and Dr Sina Samangooei at the ACM Multimedia 2011 conference, held this month in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Silicon Roundabout, London
29 November 2011

ECS Professors to co-direct UK's Open Data Institute

ECS Professors Nigel Shadbolt and Sir Tim Berners-Lee have been named as co-directors of a new world-leading Open Data Institute, established by the UK Government to innovate, exploit and research Open Data opportunities.

28 November 2011

Jeopardy! The IBM Challenge: Inside the Mind of Watson

A lecture to be given on campus this week tells the fascinating story behind the most intriguing Jeopardy! challenge so far ....

Mike Wald (centre) at the THE Awards event, hosted by Rob Brydon
25 November 2011

Synote wins ICT Initiative of the Year in prestigious THE Awards

An open-source Web application which transforms learning for all students, devised and developed in ECS by Dr Mike Wald, has won the title of 'ICT Initiative of the Year' in the annual awards ceremony for UK universities run by Times Higher Education.

The delegation with Dr Tim Chown, Professors Lie-Liang, Lajos Hanzo and Nigel Shadbolt
16 November 2011

Chinese government IT delegation hears about IPv6 progress

Twenty-four senior directors from the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology visited ECS-Electronics and Computer Science last week to hear about the UK’s deployment of IPv6 from Dr Tim Chown, a leading expert in IPv6, the next generation of Internet address protocols.

Professor Nigel Shadbolt
04 November 2011

Open Data initiative moves into the world of consumers' personal data

The Open Data initiative took another huge step forward yesterday (Thursday 3 November) with the launch of a new initiative that will enable consumers to gain unprecedented access to personal data from banks, utilities, telecoms providers and a range of other companies.

31 October 2011

Professor Dame Wendy Hall honoured by Oxford Internet Institute

Professor Dame Wendy Hall received an ‘Internet and Society Award’ from the Oxford Internet Institute as part of its tenth anniversary celebrations which culminated this month.

22 October 2011

Open Data passes another global milestone!

Open Data logged another step in its progress to make the world more transparent, when hundreds of public servants, NGOs, journalists and developers gathered in a former factory building in Warsaw this week for be the world’s biggest ever open data event.

14 October 2011

Research in trails - Luc Moreau Inaugural Lecture

The complicated network of trails – which can be traced backwards and forwards in time and space – are the subject of Professor Luc Moreau’s inaugural lecture next Wednesday (19 October).

30 September 2011

Silicon Valley comes to the UK (AND Southampton) - come to the appathon!

The University of Southampton is one of six universities in the UK which will be hosting this year's 'Silicon Valley comes to the UK' appathon event.

Professor Ted Nelson
14 September 2011

Ted Nelson to call for a 'completely different computer world'

Professor Ted Nelson, who coined the term "hypertext" in the 1960s, will address students and staff at the University of Southampton TODAY (Monday 26 September) as part of the Faculty of Physical and Applied Sciences Distinguished Lecture series.

13 September 2011

ECS researcher recommends practical steps towards public transparency

The UK Cabinet Office has published an independent review on privacy and transparency by a researcher from ECS-Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton.

Mountbatten Building
01 September 2011

ECS research project nominated for prestigious THE award

An ECS research project has been nominated for the prestigious title of 'Outstanding ICT Initiative of the Year' in the annual Times Higher Education Awards.

The Audio d-touch system in use
24 August 2011

Rediscovering touch to make music in the world online

ECS researchers have developed a new free way to generate music through controlling computers.

Philip Basford watching a Rembrandt painting being imaged by the RTI system
20 July 2011

Imaging technology throws new light on ancient artefacts

New technology which makes it possible to study the finer details of some of the world’s greatest historical artefacts has been developed by computer scientists and archaeologists at the University of Southampton in conjunction with academics at the University of Oxford.

13 June 2011

WebSci'11 conference takes place in Koblenz as official ACM event

Web scientists from around the world will be attending the third Web Science Conference which begins on Tuesday 14 June and takes place at Koblenz, Germany.

28 March 2011

Opening business minds to open data

The new Google magazine, 'Think Quarterly', features an article in its first edition by Nigel Shadbolt, Professor of Artificial Intelligence in ECS-Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton.

The Madaba Map
04 February 2011

Pelagios: Mapping the culture of Antiquity online

A project which will make it easier to discover and map online information about ancient places begins this month.

Dr Kieron O'Hara
07 December 2010

ECS researcher to review Transparency impact for Cabinet Office

ECS academic Dr Kieron O'Hara has been asked to lead a review of the impact of Transparency on Privacy to inform the UK Government's approach to the release of public data as part of the Transparency agenda.

Heather giving her paper at ISWC 2010
03 December 2010

Best student paper award for ECS at ISWC 2010

Heather Packer, a research student in the ECS Intelligence, Agents, Multimedia research group, won Best Student Paper Award at the prestigious ISWC 2010 conference, held last month in Shanghai.

01 December 2010

Conference at British Library will explore ethics and the Web

Behaviour and morals online, including this week’s Wikileaks scenario, will be discussed at a workshop on Ethics and the World Wide Web, which will be held at the Foyle Centre in the British Library tomorrow (Thursday 2 December).

16 November 2010

ECS researcher highlights need for transparency on the Web

The need for more transparency in Web-based information systems has been highlighted by an academic at the University of Southampton’s School of Electronics and Computer Science.

25 October 2010

New model to trace the origins of information

The first community model capable of tracing the origins of computer-generated information is now available. University of Southampton researcher, Professor Luc Moreau, says that the new model will lead to better degrees of trust online.

20 October 2010

ECS sensors record glacier dynamics – are they slip-sliding away?

Researchers at the University of Southampton have been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant to study the movement of glaciers.

07 October 2010

Three ECS Professors featured among the UK's top 100 scientists

Three Professors from the School of Electronics and Computer Science feature in the list of ‘100 most important figures in British Science’ published in today’s (Thursday 7 October) Times newspaper.

Professor Nigel Shadbolt at the Royal Society
01 October 2010

Conference breaks new ground in highlighting the importance of Web Science

A major two-day conference held this week at the Royal Society was a huge success for Web Science and for the organizers, Professor Nigel Shadbolt and Professor Dame Wendy Hall of the School of Electronics and Computer Science, Professor Bill Dutton of Oxford University, and Professor James Hendler, of Rensselaer Polytechnic University.

16 September 2010

Web Science sets future scientific agenda at Royal Society meeting

As part of the Royal Society’s 350th anniversary celebrations a two-day discussion meeting on Web Science will take place in London on 27 and 28 September. The Royal Society discussion meetings address the major scientific questions of the 21st century, aiming to identify and map out vital subjects that will help set the agenda for future generations of scientists.

07 September 2010

Now we've got the data, how can we use it?

After advising the UK Government on the release of huge quantities of public data, ECS Professor Nigel Shadbolt is now encouraging people to come up with innovative ways of putting the data to use.

Professor Dame Wendy Hall
03 August 2010

Professor Dame Wendy Hall appointed to lead new Faculty

Professor Dame Wendy Hall has been appointed Dean of the new Faculty of Physical and Applied Sciences in the University of Southampton.

Flickr Creative Commons
27 July 2010

Who Gives a Tweet? Nuanced feedback for microbloggers

Academics are launching a study this week to understand what aspects of Twitter content are considered valuable, and how that impacts presentation and perception of online identity.

Ptolemy's World Map (Nicholas Germanus 1482)
21 July 2010

Google funding for discovery of ancient texts online

An ECS researcher is part of a team which has just secured funding from Google to make the classics and other ancient texts easy to discover and access online.

The linked data world
13 July 2010

ECS releases all public data in open linked data format

In what is believed also to be a world-first, ECS has become the UK’s first University department to release all its public data in open linked data format.

09 July 2010

Repository ranking underlines Southampton’s global influence

The University of Southampton’s School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) EPrints repository of research publications is now one of the top ten in the world, according to the official world ranking of institutional repositories (published this week).