The University of Southampton is one of the top 15 research universities in the UK. Southampton’s record for success in spinning out its research excellence into business ventures has made it one of the leading entrepreneurial universities in the UK. ECS – Electronics and Computer Science received top 5* ratings for research in the last two UK Research Assessment Exercises, in both computer science and electronics. With 140 academics, covering the spectrum of nano-technologies, electronics and electrical engineering, communications and signal processing, electronics and software systems, web and internet science, and agents, interaction and complexity, ECS is one of the largest departments of its kind in the UK and the world.
The Web and Internet Science Group (WAIS) is the largest group (140 staff and students) in ECS. WAIS is a very broad group undertaking multi- and inter- disciplinary research; WAIS initiated the Web Science activity world-wide (Hall, Shadbolt, Berners-Lee), is a pioneer in open linked data (Shadbolt), is at the forefront of Web Standardization (Berners-Lee, Moreau, Gibbins), has brought the issue of provenance to the top of the research agenda (Moreau), has pioneered open access (Harnard), is the creator of the eprints institutional repository (Carr), is the home of a doctoral training center in Web Science (Carr), and is hosting several MSc programmes (Web Science, Web technologies). ECS is also host of a CyberSecurity center (director Sassone).
Role in the Project
UoS will lead WP2. University of Southampton will bring to the SmartSociety Consortium its expertise on provenance, trust, and crowd sourcing. Specifically, UoS will be involved in the analysis and design of the infrastructure architecture; the design and implementation of provenance-based reasoning mechanisms related to privacy and trust, helping humans and agents alike make decisions on how to manage interactions in CAS. UoS will contribute to the dissemination activity and take an active role in the standardization, building on their existing track record at the W3C, of which University of Southampton is a member.