Web Science Event at the Royal Society: Join the Discussion

Web science: A new frontier

Organised by Professor Nigel Shadbolt (University of Southampton), Professor Dame Wendy Hall (University of Southampton), Professor James Hendler (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) and Professor Bill Dutton (University of Oxford).

Registration for this event is now open:  Please click here to register

The World Wide Web has changed almost every aspect of modern life. It touches us all. The Web’s billions of pages, links and other resources comprise the largest information fabric in the history of humanity. Yet the Web is rarely approached as an object of scientific study.
What processes have driven the Web’s growth, and will they persist? How does large-scale structure emerge from a simple set of protocols? How does the Web work as a socio-technical system? What drives the viral uptake of certain Web phenomena? What might fragment the Web? This interdisciplinary meeting will discuss these and other issues as it presents the components of a Science of the Web.

Chairs:
Sir Michael Brady, Dame Janet Finch, Sir John Taylor

Speakers:
Professor Albert-Laszlo Barabasi, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Professor Manuel Castells, Dr Jennifer Chayes Professor Ramesh Jain, Lord Robert May of Oxford, Professor David Karger, Dr Anne-Marie Kermarrec. Professor Jon Kleinberg, Professor Pierre Levy, Professor Helen Margetts, Professor Henrietta Moore, Professor David Robertson, Professor Luis von Ahn, Professor Jianping Wu, Professor Jonathan Zittrain – TBC

Registration
This discussion meeting is intended for researchers in relevant fields and is free to attend, but pre-registration online is essential. An optional lunch is offered each day for £15+VAT per day, and should be booked at registration.  Payment is accepted online by Visa, MasterCard, Visa Debit, Maestro, Electron and Solo cards.

In the event of a booking for lunch being cancelled, the Society can only refund the payment providing the cancellation is received at no later than 5 working days before the Discussion meeting.

Publication
The proceedings of this meeting are scheduled to be published in a future issue of Philosophical Transactions A.

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