Interview with Dame Wendy Hall CBE

Dame Wendy Hall is a British computer scientist and Regius Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton, and an Executive Director of the Web Science Institute. 

She was Dean of the Faculty of Physical Science and Engineering at the University of Southampton from 2010 to 2014. 

Between 2002 and 2007 she was Head of the School of Electronics and Computer Science, where she was founding Head of the Intelligence, Agents, and Multimedia Research Group. 

In 2000 she was awarded a CBE and became a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and is also a distinguished Fellow of the BCS, a Fellow of the IET, and of the City and Guilds of London Institute, and holds a number of honorary degrees. 

She became a Dame Commander of the British Empire in the 2009 New Year’s Honours list, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in the same year. 

  • 1984 – joins newly formed computer science group at Southampton University teaching undergraduates programming and theoretical computer science and begins research into in multimedia and hypermedia (precursors to AI)
  • 1988 – Dame Wendy and her team develop the Microcosm hypermedia system – in 1994 Multicosm Ltd launched as a start-up company following its commercialisation
  • 1994 – becomes the University’s first female professor of engineering
  • 2006 – founding director of the Web Science Research Initiative, a joint project between MIT and Southampton University, supporting the global development of Web science
  • 2017 – asked to co-chair a review on AI as part of the UK government’s industrial strategy: the result of which created a £1bn sector deal

Interviewed by Dr Elisabetta Mori on 30 November 2018 at BCS, The Chartered Institute of Information Technologists, London Office.


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