Wendy Hall to be presented with award for outstanding contribution to ACM

Professor Dame Wendy Hall will be presented with the award for Outstanding Contribution to the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) in a ceremony to be held on the 20th of June in San Francisco.

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The ACM is the largest world-wide educational and scientific computing society.

Professor Hall will be presented with the award for having “transformed the way the world views computing” and for having “increased the visibility of the ACM in leading scientific venues worldwide by broadening its values, resources, and services.”

Professor Hall was the first person from outside North America to be appointed to the post of ACM President. She also initiated the establishment of ACM Councils in Europe, India and China.

Wendy Hall named as a founding member of International Council on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.

The new International Council on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (iCAIR) will provide advice on robotics and artificial intelligence.

The Council will also draw up a global action plan, create educational materials and run an awards scheme.

It is being set up by the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics and will be managed by the Prime Minister’s Office of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Wendy Hall selected for Longitude Prize steering committee

The prize has a £10m fund to be awarded for solutions to one of the most important problems of our time.

The public will choose the issue they would most like to be solved from a choice of 6:

1) How can we ensure everyone can have access to safe and clean water?
2) How can we ensure everyone has nutritious, sustainable food?
3) How can we restore movement to those with paralysis?
4) How can we prevent the rise of resistance to antibiotics?
5) How can we fly without damaging the environment?
6) How can we help people with dementia live independently for longer?
Vote here

The original Board of Longitude was a committee set up in the 18th century to judge ideas for measuring longitude to enable navigation. The new committee for the 2014 Longitude Prize will judge ideas for solutions for the problem chosen by the public. The committee is chaired by Lord Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal. Other members include Dr Philip Campbell, Editor in Chief of Nature, Iain Gray, Chief Executive of the Technology Strategy Board, Professor Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer and Sir Mark Walport, the Chief Scientific Advisor.

Seme4 and Ethos Smart announce collaboration to provide Linked Data platforms for Smart Cities

A “Smart City” uses technology to enhance its physical infrastructure, with the aim of improving services, increasing revenues and making efficiency savings.

Seme4 will provide the semantic web and linked data expertise while Ethos Smart will provide the systems integration & service provision.

Tim Organ, Chief Executive Officer of Seme4, said:
“We welcome the opportunity to work with Ethos Smart in developing solutions to meet the vision of Smart City initiatives in the UK.” Adrian Ulisse, Managing Director of Ethos Smart, said: “I am excited about partnering with Seme4, which will support our strategy of creating, aggregating and publishing new data sets using globally scalable city digital platforms that are purposed to make real differences to citizens’ lives.”

Wendy Hall and Nigel Shadbolt awarded RISE fellowships

The RISE (Recognising Inspirational Scientists and Engineers) campaign was set up by the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering to mark the 20th anniversary of the EPSRC.

It was launched by the UK Science Minister David Willetts. He said: “It’s important to celebrate and champion our leading scientists and engineers who are vital to both society and our economy. Their research has a real impact across a range of sectors, from manufacturing to financial services.”

The CEO of the EPSRC, Professor David Delpy, was chair of the appointing panel. He said: “One of the best aspects of my job at EPSRC has been the chance to meet and speak directly to some of the most exciting, innovative and enthusiastic scientists and engineers in the UK. This campaign gives us the chance to recognise these outstanding individuals, but also to let others get to know them and the great research that they are doing.”

Wendy Hall wins Everywoman lifetime achievement award

Professor Dame Wendy Hall was presented with a special lifetime achievement award for being one of the most influential woman in I.T. in the U.K. and for her championing of women in I.T.

In her acceptance speech she said: “Computing is too important to leave it to men. The lack of women is as much a man’s issue as it is a woman’s, because there is an unconscious bias everywhere. Men have to make a sacrifice: When you’re asked to speak on a panel and you see it is an all-male panel, question where the women are and sacrifice your place for a female speaker instead.”

Everywoman is a global organisation that champions the advancement of women. It provides networking opportunities, training programmes and advice to women in both business and public sector organisations.

Nigel Shadbolt and Wendy Hall named in Science Council’s list of 100 leading UK practising scientists

The list was compiled by the U.K. Science Council, an umbrella organisation of scientific societies and professional bodies, including the British Computer Society, the Institute of Science and Technology, the Institute of Physics and the Royal Astronomical Society.

Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt was recognised for his research on Open Data, Artificial Intelligence and Web Science and also for his previous role as President of the British Computer Society.

Professor Dame Wendy Hall was recognised for her research in Multimedia and the Semantic Web and also for her previous role as President of the British Computer Society and her membership of the U.K. Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology.