News from May 2005
The development of the Semantic Grid will be addressed at an international conference in Heraklion, Greece, on 1 June, by Professor David De Roure, Head of the School's Grid and Pervasive Computing Group. Professor De Roure will highlight the progress of the Semantic Grid towards a high degree of easy-to-use and seamless automation which will enable flexible collaborations and computations on a global scale.
UKUUG (UK Unix and Open Systems User Group) has given its annual award for 2005 to Christopher Gutteridge of the School of Electronics and Computer Science for his work on the Open Archive Software: GNU EPrints. Christopher has been developing and supporting GNU EPrints 2 package over the last four years. The package is now used worldwide in universities and research institutions to enable researchers to share their research effectively, via the web, and to provide accessibility to scientific findings.
Museum curators and researchers will soon be able to investigate and study works of art in multiple museums and galleries without leaving their desks.
This development is made possible by the SCULPTEUR project, completed this month. The project, which is the first of its kind, has unlocked the digital potential of the collections such as the V&A and the Uffizi. Over a three-year period, computer scientists from the School of Electronics and Computer Science and IT Innovation Centre have helped project partners find new ways for the associated museums and galleries to search, explore and share their rich multimedia collections.
Professor Tony Hey is to join Microsoft Corporation as a corporate vice president to co-ordinate their Technical Computing Initiative. He will work across the company to co-ordinate Microsoft’s efforts to collaborate with the scientific community worldwide.
Currently Director of the UK’s e-Science Programme, Tony Hey has been a member of staff of the School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) since 1986, and was Head of School from 1994 to 1999.
Researchers in the School of Electronics and Computer Science have produced an interim report on agent technology on which they are inviting feedback from industry. The AgentLink III consultation document is said by ECS Professor Michael Luck, co-ordinator of the initiative, to set out a roadmap which aims to put Europe at the leading edge of international competitiveness in agent technology. AgentLink’s role is to promote research, development and deployment of autonomous, problem-solving computational entities across industry and academia.
The ‘magical’ qualities of technology and its potential to transform our lives will be addressed this week in lectures to be given by two of the School's professors. The Inaugural lectures by Professor Greg Parker and Professor James Wilkinson from the University’s School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) and Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC), will take place on Wednesday 18 May, and will address how technological advances in the worlds of photonics and nanoscale systems are making far-reaching new developments possible.
Professor Wendy Hall CBE, FREng, Head of the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton, will give the sixth annual Athena Lecture at Imperial College London, on Wednesday 4 May. In her lecture, Professor Hall will draw on her own experience and her personal research journey, to emphasize the powerful role that networks can play, both in computing, but also in tackling issues and problems in research and academic life more generally.