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?
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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.

Wendy Hall for the BCS on Women in IT

Professor Dame Wendy Hall’s blog for the British Computer Society, which is part of its campaign to encourage women to consider a career in I.T. She discusses her career history, how she came to be passionate about Computer Science and the reasons for women being better represented in the new discipline of Web Science than in other areas of I.T.


The Web Science Observatory – The Challenges of Analytics over Distributed Linked Data Infrastructures

A paper by Wendy Hall, Thanassis Tiropanis, Ramine Tinati, Xin Wang, Markus Luczak-Rösch and Elena Simperl on Web Observatories. The opportunities for Big Data analytics are discussed, as well as the challenges, including the balance between fewer machines and data sets giving high performance on the one hand and a large number of distributed, diverse data sets potentially giving lower performance on the other hand.


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.