2pm - 3pm
Wednesday 11 March 2020

CANCELLED - web futures – inclusive, intelligent, sustainable

Unfortunately, due to health reasons this event has had to be cancelled.


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  • Professor Steffen Staab, Professor for Analytic Computing, Universität Stuttgart and Chair for Web and Computer Science, University of Southampton

Web futures – inclusive, intelligent, sustainable


Almost from its very beginning, the Web has been ambivalent. It has facilitated freedom for information, but this also included the freedom to spread misinformation. It has facilitated intelligent personalisation, but at the cost of intrusion into our private lives. It has included more people than any other system before, but at the risk of exploiting them.

The Web is full of such ambivalences and the usage of artificial intelligences threatens to further amplify these ambivalences. To further the good and to contain the negative consequences, we need a research agenda studying and engineering the Web, as well as numerous activities by societies at large.

In this talk, Professor Staab will present and discuss a joint effort by an interdisciplinary team of web scientists to prepare and pursue such an agenda.

Short biography

Steffen is full professor for Analytic Computing at the Universität Stuttgart, Germany, and full professor for Web and Computer Science at University of Southampton, UK. He studied in Erlangen (Germany), Philadelphia (USA) and Freiburg (Germany) in computer science and computational linguistics and was on the faculty of Universität Karlsruhe and Universität Koblenz-Landau.

In his research career he has managed to avoid almost all good advice that he now gives to his team members. Such advice includes focusing on research (verses company) or concentrating on only one or two research areas (verses considering ontologies, semantic web, social web, data engineering, text mining, peer-to-peer, multimedia, HCI, services, software modelling and programming and some more). Though, actually, improving how we understand and use text and data is a good common denominator for a lot of Steffen’s professional activities.

Steffen Staab
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