Dame Wendy Hall | Hamad Bin Khalifa Research

Dame Wendy Hall University of Southampton

Dr. Dame Wendy Hall, DBE, FRS, FREng is Regius Professor of Computer Science, Associate Vice President (International Engagement), and an Executive Director of the Web Science Institute at the University of Southampton.

One of the first computer scientists to undertake serious research in multimedia and hypermedia, she has been at its forefront ever since. The influence of her work has been significant in many areas including digital libraries, the development of Semantic Web, and the emerging research discipline of Web Science.

She is well known for her development of the Microcosm hypermedia system in the mid-1980s, which was a forerunner to the World Wide Web.

In addition to playing a prominent role in the development of her subject, she also helps shape science and engineering policy and education. Through her national and international leadership roles, she has shattered many glass ceilings, readily deploying her position on numerous national and international bodies to promote the role of women in SET and acting as an important role model for others.

She co-founded the Web Science Research Initiative in 2006, with Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Sir Nigel Shadbolt, and is currently the Managing Director of the Web Science Trust, which has a global mission to support the development of research, education, and thought leadership in Web Science.

She became a Dame Commander of the British Empire in the 2009 UK New Year's Honours list and is a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Many of Wendy’s previous roles include: President of the ACM, President of BCS, Senior Vice President of the Royal Academy of Engineering,  member of the UK Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, founding member of the European Research Council and Chair of the European Commission’s ISTAG, member of the Global Commission on Internet Governance, and member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on the Digital Economy.

Dame Wendy was previously co-Chair of the UK government’s Artificial Intelligence Review, which was published in October 2017, and is also the UK government’s first Skills Champion for AI and is a member of the newly formed AI Council.

In May 2020, she was appointed Chair of the Ada Lovelace Institute and joined the BT Technology Advisory board in January 2021.