University of Southampton


Paul H Lewis

Dr. Paul H Lewis is a Senior Lecturer in School of Electronics and Computer Science. His research interests are image and video analysis, semantic annotation of multimedia data and the innovation of systems for effective multimedia information handling. He has been principal/co-investigator of numerous EPSRC and EU projects, most recently, MIAKT an e-Science project applying knowledge technologies in medical decision making, focussing on medical image annotation. He is principal investigator on the Sculpteur project, collaborating with several major European museums on the development of distributed databases for multimedia content, metadata and semantic based retrieval and navigation plus integration of semantic web and e-learning technologies. In recent years he has also worked on the development of content and concept based image retrieval. He led the EPSRC funded MAVIS 1 and MAVIS 2 projects, which introduced the idea of a multimedia thesaurus for associating visual and semantic information, which led to the development of combined content and concept based retrieval and navigation techniques. He has coauthored over 50 papers in multimedia.

Nigel Shadbolt

Dr. Nigel Shadbolt is Professor in the Department of Electronics and Computer Science at Southampton University. In 2000 he led a consortium of five Universities that secured an EPSRC Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration in Advanced Knowledge Technologies. Professor Shadbolt is the Director of this £8 million, 6-year research programme that is pursuing basic and applied research in the provision of technologies to support Knowledge Management and realise the promise of the Semantic Web. The AKT project has attracted additional funding including 2 grants for which he is the Principal Investigator. Prof. Shadbolt has published 170 articles on various facets of AI, and has written and coedited 4 books. Since 1985, he has singly or jointly, secured and directed 26 research grants worth over £15,500,000. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and in 2002 was elected a Vice-President of the Society and Chair of its Knowledge Services Board.

Wendy Hall

Dr. Wendy Hall is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton, UK. She was the founding Head of the Intelligence, Agents, Multimedia (IAM) Research Group in the Department of Electronics and Computer Science and is currently its Head. Her research interests include the development of web technologies, open hypermedia systems and link services, advanced knowledge technologies, digital libraries, multimedia information management, agent-based systems and human computer interaction. Her group developed the open hypermedia system, Microcosm, and she is a director of Active Navigation Ltd, the company through which Microcosm was commercially exploited. Wendy Hall was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June 2000, and became a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) in the same year. She is a Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS) and a Fellow of the IEE (FIEE). In 2002 she was made a Fellow of the City & Guilds of London Institute (FCGI) and was awarded an Honorary DSc by Oxford Brookes University. She is a member of the editorial board of IEEE MultiMedia, the Computer Journal and JoDI. She is currently Deputy President (Presidentelect) of the BCS and chairs the Education sub-committee of the IEE Qualifications Board. She is also a member of the Council of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

monica m.c. schraefel

dr. monica m.c. schraefel joined the School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton, UK as a Senior Lecturer in 2003. Previously, she had been at the University of Toronto where she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science. At UofT, schraefel was PI and co-investigator on multiple research projects in human-computer interaction research. Her particular interest is improving access to information through practical innovation in interaction. Since coming to Southampton, monica lead the usability work for taking chemistry lab books digital in Smart Tea, part of of EPSRC's CombeChem eScience project. She is the PI for the follow-on EPSRC eScience Best Practice Project, myTea, and is a member of EPSRC's Usability Task Force in eScience. The transfer of her mSpace interaction design research to the Advanced Knowledge Technology project became part of the CS AKTive Space application which won Best Semantic Web Application from the International Semantic Web Conference, 2003. Her more recent work with Smart Tea has been published in leading HCI conferences, including CHI, DIS and UIST. Her work with Michael McGuffin on hypertext navigation models was recently awarded an ACM SigWeb Special Research Distinction for Excellent Presentation of Theoretical Concepts at the ACM Conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia, 2004.

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