The University of Southampton

Dr Heather Packer 

I am a New Frontier Fellow, in the Web and Internet Science Group (WAIS), in Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton.  My research is in the area of explainability a facet of algorithmic accountability, provenance, and data ethics.  I am currently working on describing the evolution of open source software engineering projects using provenance, to improve sustainability and reuse.  I have worked on many projects before my fellowship, including StoryPlaces, SOCIAM, SmartSociety, and Live Memories.

To apply for a PhD with me, please follow the ECS PhD application process.



Packer, Heather S. (2011) Evolving ontologies with online learning and forgetting algorithms. University of Southampton, Electronics and Computer Science: Agents, Interactions & Complexity, Doctoral Thesis, 348pp.

Packer, Heather S., Payne, Terry, Gibbins, Nicholas and Jennings, Nicholas R. (2008) Evolving Ontological Knowledge Bases through Agent Collaboration. Sixth European Workshop on Multi-Agent Systems, Bath.

Packer, Heather S., Gibbins, Nicholas and Jennings, Nicholas R. (2010) Collaborative Learning of Ontology Fragments by Cooperating Agents. IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology, Toronto, Canada. 31 Aug - 02 Sep 2010. pp. 89-96 .

Packer, Heather S., Gibbins, Nicholas and Jennings, Nicholas R. (2010) Forgetting Fragments from Evolving Ontologies. International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC), Shanghai, China. 07 - 11 Nov 2010. pp. 577-592 .

Packer, Heather S., Gibbins, Nicholas and Jennings, Nicholas R. (2011) An on-line algorithm for semantic forgetting. IJCAI'11. Proceedings of the Twenty-Second International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence - Volume Three, Barcelona, Spain. 17 - 21 Jul 2011. pp. 2704-2709 . (doi:10.5591/978-1-57735-516-8/IJCAI11-450).

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

Packer, Heather S., Hare, Jonathon S., Samangooei, Sina and Lewis, Paul (2012) Semantically Tagging Images of Landmarks. Knowledge extraction and consolidation from social media (KECSM) 2012 Workshop, Boston, MA, United States.

Packer, Heather S., Samangooei, Sina, Hare, Jonathon S., Gibbins, Nicholas and Lewis, Paul (2012) Event Detection using Twitter and Structured Semantic Query Expansion. CrowdSens 2012 Workshop, Maui, HI, United States.

Van Kleek, Max, Smith, Daniel Alexander, Packer, Heather S., Skinner, Jim and Shadbolt, Nigel R. (2013) Carpé Data: Supporting Serendipitous Data Integration in Personal Information Management. ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI2013).

Packer, Heather S., Buzogany, Gustavo, Smith, Daniel Alexander, Dragan, Laura, Van Kleek, Max and Shadbolt, Nigel R (2014) The Editable Self: A Workbench for Personal Activity Data. ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2014 (CHI2014).

Packer, Heather S., Dragan, Laura and Moreau, Luc (2014) An auditable reputation service for collective adaptive systems. In, Miorandi, Daniele, Maltese, Vincenzo, Rovatsos, Michael, Nijholt, Anton and Stewart, James (eds.) Social Collective Intelligence: Combining the Powers of Humans and Machines to Build a Smarter Society. (Computational Social Sciences) Berlin, DE. Springer, pp. 159-184.

Packer, Heather S. and Moreau, Luc (2014) Sentence templating for explaining provenance. Provenance Week 2014. 5th International Provenance and Annotation Workshop (IPAW' 14), Cologne, Germany. 08 - 12 Jun 2014. 4 pp .

Dragan, Laura, Luczak-Rösch, Markus, Berendt, Bettina, Simperl, Elena, Packer, Heather S. and Moreau, Luc (2014) A-posteriori provenance-enabled linking of publications and datasets via crowdsourcing. Second Workshop on Linking and Contextualizing Publications and Datasets, London, United Kingdom.

Packer, Heather S. and Moreau, Luc (2015) Generating narratives from provenance relationship chains. Hypertext and Narrative, Cyprus. pp. 37-41 . (doi:10.1145/2804565.2804573).

Moreau, Luc, Batlajery, Belfrit, Victor, Huynh, Trung Dong, MICHAELIDES, DANIUS T and Packer, Heather (2016) Prov-template evaluation dataset. University of Southampton doi:10.5258/SOTON/390436 [Dataset]

Packer, Heather and Moreau, Luc (2016) A methodology to take account of diversity in collective adaptive system. In DIVERSITY @ ECAI 2016: INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON DIVERSITY-AWARE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. Essence Network/Smart Society Project. 11 pp .

Moreau, Luc, Batlajery, Belfrit Victor, Huynh, Dong, Michaelides, Danius and Packer, Heather (2018) A templating system to generate provenance. IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, 44 (2), 103 - 121, [7909036]. (doi:10.1109/TSE.2017.2659745).

Packer, Heather, Hargood, Charlie, Howard, Yvonne, Papadopoulos, Petros and Millard, David (2017) Developing a Writer’s Toolkit for interactive locative storytelling. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling. vol. 10690, Springer. pp. 63-74 . (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-71027-3_6).

Millard, David E., Hargood, Charlie, Howard, Yvonne and Packer, Heather (2017) The StoryPlaces Authoring Tool: Pattern centric authoring. In Authoring for Interactive Storytelling 2017. 6 pp .

Millard, David, West-Taylor, Charlie, Howard, Yvonne and Packer, Heather (2018) The ideal ReaderBot:: Machine readers and narrative analytics. In NHT’18, July 2018, Baltimore, USA. ACM. 5 pp .

Millard, David, Hewitt, Sarah, O'Hara, Kieron, Packer, Heather and Rogers, Neil (2019) The Unethical Future of Mixed Reality Storytelling. In 8th International Workshop on Narrative and Hypertext (NHT’19), September 17, 2019, Hof, Germany. ACM. 4 pp . (doi:10.1145/3345511.3349283).

Hasselbring, Wilhelm, Carr, Leslie, Hettrick, Simon, Packer, Heather and Tiropanis, Thanassis (2020) Open source research software. Computer. (doi:10.1109/MC.2020.2998235).

Hasselbring, Wilhelm, Carr, Leslie, Hettrick, Simon, Packer, Heather and Tiropanis, Thanassis (2020) From FAIR research data toward FAIR and open research software. it - Information Technology, 62 (1), 39-47. (doi:10.1515/itit-2019-0040).

Millard, David, Packer, Heather, Howard, Yvonne and Hargood, Charlie (2020) The balance of attention: The challenges of creating locative cultural storytelling experiences. Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage, 13 (4), [35]. (doi:10.1145/3404195).

Carr, Leslie, Packer, Heather and Hettrick, Simon (2021) Explaining the Value of Research Software. In Workshop on the Science of Scientific-Software Development and Use. (In Press)


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