News from December 2004
The University of Southampton is to make all its academic and scientific research output freely available. A decision by the University to provide core funding for its Institutional Repository establishes it as a central part of its research infrastructure, marking a new era for Open Access to academic research in the UK.
An ECS spin-out company which harvests kinetic energy from the environment and puts it to use in a range of innovative ways has the potential to be world-beating, says technology business specialist Roy Freeland who has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Perpetuum. The company was formed earlier this year by Professor Neil White of the School's Electronic Systems Design group, together with ECS colleagues Steve Beeby, Nick Harris and John Tudor.
Advances in new biometrics will be discussed by Professor Mark Nixon of the School of Electronics and Computer Science, at a seminar on The Challenge of Biometrics being held on Tuesday 14 December at the Institution of Electrical Engineers in London. Professor Nixon was one of the UK's earliest researchers in this area, and his research group is well known for its pioneering role in the development of new biometrics, from face recognition to, more recently, gait and ears as a biometric.
The inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, is to take up a Chair of Computer Science at the University of Southampton's School of Electronics and Computer Science.
He will hold this position alongside his current appointments as Senior Research Scientist at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and Director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).