University of Southampton


04 August 2017

Strength of Physical Sciences and Engineering research demonstrated in national framework agreement

The University of Southampton has secured its place within the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Framework Agreement for the next three years.

Extract from HypeTrain's winning entry
10 May 2017

ECS Students win UK Data Science Challenge

A team of MSc Data Science students from ECS have recently competed against 170 students from across the UK to win the UCL Data Science Student Challenge.

ECS students test the 'Soton GT' racer at their University laboratory
12 April 2017

Undergraduate students’ autonomous racing car speeds into international NXP Cup final

An autonomous racing car created by Electronics and Computer Science undergraduate students from the University of Southampton has qualified for the final of an intercontinental intelligent racing competition.

Professor Elena Simperl, Data Pitch Project Director
10 April 2017

New Europe-wide data accelerator launches today

A new European-funded project, led by the University of Southampton, is to bring together established businesses and startups to meet today’s challenges with data.

05 April 2017

IT Innovation Centre secures over €4m of European funding

Applied IT research and development at the University has received a huge boost from European funding, after winning eight grants worth over €4m to the University in the Horizon2020 ICT funding call.

22 March 2017

Southampton’s smartphone storytelling technology reaches milestone

University of Southampton researchers are looking for enthusiastic writers to help with the next stage of their innovative work developing location-based story-telling technology.

Handy Kanji gamifies the teaching of the Japanese writing system
19 March 2017

Web science entrepreneur innovates Handy Kanji language learning app

A web scientist from the University of Southampton has developed an interactive app that gamifies the teaching of the Japanese writing system.

09 March 2017

Southampton’s Data Science Academy launches first online course

Southampton’s world-leading data science team has developed an innovative professional programme that provides a powerful insight into applying data science to work.

Professor Dame Wendy Hall
01 March 2017

Dame Wendy Hall to lead major review of Artificial Intelligence in the UK

Professor Dame Wendy Hall is to lead a major UK government review on how to capitalise on the country’s status as a world-leader in the science underpinning Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology.

Professor Dame Wendy Hall
22 February 2017

Dame Wendy Hall appointed Regius Professor in Computer Science

The University of Southampton is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Dame Wendy Hall to the prestigious Chair of Regius Professor in Computer Science.

Professor Dame Wendy Hall and Professor Sir David Payne
23 January 2017

Debrett’s honours Southampton luminaries in Engineering and Technology

Professors Dame Wendy Hall and Sir David Payne feature in Debrett's 500

Stat-JR worflows support complex statistical analysis
19 December 2016

Enabling access to reproducible research

Web and Internet Science researchers develop new software technology allowing UK students and young researchers to access reproducible statistical research

19 December 2016

Spinout company created for award-winning software tool

An award-winning Southampton software tool to make university lectures more accessible, has been launched as a spinout company to help address government cuts in the Disabled Student Allowance

New Southampton Web Observatory website
06 December 2016

New improved Southampton Web Observatory site

WAIS academics have deployed a revamp of Southampton’s Web Observatory site to enable more meaningful engagement with data analytics

The HAC-ER system in action
28 November 2016

Developing software to aid disaster management

Web and Internet Science (WAIS) researchers from the University of Southampton have been involved in developing essential provenance software for the award-winning ORCHID project.

 Digital Assets represented at various granularities
14 November 2016

Southampton WAIS students help position the UK as a leading nation in Building Information Modelling

Southampton Web and Internet Science (WAIS) students are playing a part in the development of the UK as a leading nation in Building Information Modelling (BIM).

Ice front
11 November 2016

Exploring the effect of climate change on Arctic ice

International electric car championship teams up with Southampton researchers to explore the effect of climate change on Arctic ice sheet

The Mountbatten Building - home to the University's cleanroom complex
02 November 2016

Southampton on the rise amongst Best Global Universities

We're in the top 100 amongst the Best Global Universities for 2017

Digital Accessibility: Enabling Participation in the Information Society
21 October 2016

Free online course enabling improved digital accessibility

ECS academics are lead educators on free online course helping learners understand how accessible digital technologies can overcome barriers encountered by people with sensory, physical or cognitive impairments

Bernard Gidon, EMEA Business Development Leader
21 October 2016

Web visionaries celebrate “strong match” that will promote the development of global Web standards

The University of Southampton’s Web Science Institute was praised for its “energy and community” at the official launch of a new partnership that will help the adoption and implementation of Web standards in the UK.

Delegates at the RSE conference
12 October 2016

World’s first conference for Research Software Engineers hailed phenomenal success

Dr Simon Hettrick hails the world’s first conference for Research Software Engineers a phenomenal success

Professor Dame Wendy Hall
11 October 2016

World-renowned computer scientist honoured on Ada Lovelace Day

World-renowned computer scientist Professor Dame Wendy Hall has received a prestigious award that honours women in maths and computing.

15 September 2016

Southampton to help develop software which could transform ship maintenance

Researchers from the University of Southampton are to develop software that can monitor the equipment, fuel and energy performance of a ship at sea.

Dr Ramchurn and the ORCHID team
15 September 2016

ORCHID recognised for major collaboration

The ORCHID project, a major research project involving the University of Southampton, took top prize in the data and connectivity category at the Collaborate to Innovate Awards this week.

25 July 2016

Southampton researcher produces free guide to protecting online identity

A free guide to protecting online identity by anonymising data has been published by a team including a member of Southampton’s Web and Internet Science Group (WAIS).

A Southampton unmanned aerial vehicle
11 July 2016

World-leading aerospace expertise showcased at Farnborough International Airshow

Southampton to showcase world-leading aerospace research and expertise at Farnborough International Airshow

Professor Dame Wendy Hall
23 June 2016

ECS professor named as one of the most influential women in UK Engineering

Professor Dame Wendy Hall from ECS has been named as one of the ‘Top 50 Women in Engineering’.

 Professor Dame Wendy Hall
21 June 2016

The future of the Internet is at risk say global web experts

Global web experts, including Professor Dame Wendy Hall, have warned that the future of the Internet is at a crossroads and we must act quickly to safeguard its future

StoryPlaces App
21 June 2016

Short stories brought to life through smartphones

ECS research is helping readers immerse themselves in the real life locations of fictional short stories, using smartphone technology

The totality path of the Eclipse on 9 March 2016
14 June 2016

Promoting dark skies in Europe

ECS researchers are helping citizens across Europe to address the environmental impacts of light pollution

09 June 2016

ECS in the news

ECS Staff and students often feature in the news for their research, achievements and expert opinion

27 May 2016

World Wide Web Consortium selects Web Science Institute at the University of Southampton to host UK & Ireland Office

Web Science Institute at Southampton becomes home to W3C UK & Ireland Office

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.