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Dr Ash Smith


Dr Ashley Smith is a research assistant in the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. He carried out his PhD under the supervision of Professor Dame Wendy Hall and Dr Les Carr, following his Masters degree from the University of Portsmouth and his Batchelors degree from Southampton. Ash has previously worked in industry as a software developer as well as a freelance web programmer and designer, and has a keen interest in the Semantic Web and Knowledge Management technologies.

The process of writing Ash's thesis involved as much practical development as it did theory, and during its course he developed a Life Annotation system, designed to collect snippets of raw contextual data from both the physical and digital worlds, and link them together in a local server, allowing relevant information digests to be generated based on the user's actions. His work in this area is still ongoing; he develops software for a variety of different platforms, desktop, server and mobile, and often uses himself as a test subject.

In his spare time, Ash is involved in Hampshire's live music community and enjoys building unnecessary technology into his house.

For those who came here looking for the photo from WebSci 2011, it's here.





  • PhD, University of Southampton (thesis)
  • MSc Internet Systems Development, University of Portsmouth
  • BSc(hons) Computer Science, University of Southampton

Conferences attended


Smith, Ashley, Carr, Leslie and Hall, Wendy (2005) An Opportunistic Approach to Adding Value to a Photograph Collection. At 4th International Semantic Web Conference, Galway, Ireland,

Smith, A, Hall, W, Glaser, H and Carr, L A (2006) Towards Truly Ubiquitous Life Annotation. At Memories for Life Colloquium 2006, The British Library, London, England,

Smith, Ashley (2008) Who Controls the Past Controls the Future - Life Annotation in Principle and Practice. University of Southampton, School of Electronics and Computer Science, Doctoral Thesis .

Osmond, Adrian, Hare, Jonathan, Price, Joseph, Smith, Ashley, Weal, Mark, Wills, Gary, Yang , Yang, Yardley, Lucy and De Roure, David (2009) Designing authoring tools for the creation of on-line behavioural interventions. In, Proceedings 5th International Conference on e-Social Science, Cologne, Germany,

Smith, Ashley, O'Hara, Kieron and Lewis, Paul (2011) Visualising the Past: Annotating a Life with Linked Open Data. In, Web Science Conference 2011, Koblenz , Germany, 14 - 17 Jun 2011.

Packer, Heather S., Smith, Ash and Lewis, Paul (2012) MemoryBook: Generating Narratives from Lifelogs. In, Narrative and Hypertext Workshop 2012, Milwaukee, WI, US,


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