This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with top-echelon and renowned professionals. In this blog, I interview Professor Dame Wendy Hall DBE, FREng, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton in England; President of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM); Distinguished, Celebrated, World-Renowned Computer Scientist.

It’s a unique opportunity when we can hear the deep insights of one of the leading visionaries, scientists, innovators, and thought leaders of our century. Take the time to listen this podcast!

Enjoy,
Stephen Ibaraki

Dame Wendy HallDame Wendy Hall, DBE, FREng, is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton, UK. She was Head of the School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) from 2002 to 2007. Professor Dame Wendy Hall was appointed DBE (Dame Wendy Hall) in the New Year 2009 Honours List, one of only six, for outstanding services to science and technology.

One of the first computer scientists to undertake serious research in multimedia and hypermedia, she has been at its forefront ever since. The influence of her work has been significant in many areas including digital libraries, the development of the Semantic Web, and the emerging research discipline of Web Science.

Her current research includes applications of the Semantic Web and exploring the interface between the life sciences and the physical sciences. She is a Founding Director, along with Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Professor Nigel Shadbolt and Daniel J. Weitzner, of the Web Science Research Initiative.

In addition to playing a prominent role in the development of her subject, she also helps shape science and engineering policy and education. Through her leadership roles on national and international bodies, she has shattered many glass ceilings, readily deploying her position on numerous national and international bodies to promote the role of women in SET, and acting as an important role model for others.

She has recently been elected President of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and is the first person from outside North America to hold this position.

Until July 2008, she was Senior Vice President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, is currently a member of the UK Prime Minister's Council for Science and Technology, and is a founding member of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council. She was President of the British Computer Society (2003-4) and an EPSRC Senior Research Fellow from 1996 to 2002.

For more information, go to: http://users.ecs.soton.ac.uk/wh/biography.php

News article on DBE appointment:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2008/dec/31/new-years-honours-computing

To listen to the interview, click on this MP3 file link

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