Electronics and Computer Science (ECS), University of Southampton

Electronics and Computer Science (ECS)

Dr Ash Smith

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Dr Ash Smith

ECS, Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering
University of Southampton
Southampton, United Kingdom. SO17 1BJ

Position: System administrator in Systems Group
Extension: 22861
Telephone: Work (Voice): +44 (0)23 8059 2861
Email: ads04r@ecs.soton.ac.uk
URI: http://id.ecs.soton.ac.uk/person/6802 [browse]

Additional Contact Details

Interests: data fusion, foaf, gps, hedgehog, hypertext, life annotation, lifelogging, pervasive computing, rdf, scripting languages, semantic web, ubiquitous computing


I'm the University of Southampton's 'Lodmaster', the member of iSolutions responsible for the University's linked open data.

I have a PhD, which I completed at Southampton in 2008 under the supervision of Prof Dame Wendy Hall and Prof Les Carr. I've previously worked in industry both as a software developer and as a freelance web programmer and designer, and after a few years working as a web science researcher, I now work as part of the University's IT innovation team, although still an 'honourary' member of WAIS.

I am a lifelogger, which essentially means I never throw anything away or delete anything. I have GPS logs going back to 2006, text messages going back to 2004, emails going back to 1998 and digital photos going back even further than that. More recently, I've started wearing a camera on a lanyard around my neck. Thankfully, as part of my thesis I developed Imouto, a system that annotates and organises all this information in order to present it in a human-friendly way.

In my spare time, I build unnecessary technology into my house and maintain the largest marble run in the university.


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

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