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About Southampton Data Science Academy

Southampton Data Science Academy forms part of the Web Science Institute at the University of Southampton - ranked among the top 100 of universities globally.

Developed in partnership with leading global education specialists Cambridge Education Group, the Academy was established to bridge the data skills gap in today’s increasingly data-driven world through world-class training and education from industry-leading academics and thought leaders in the field of data science.

Through our pioneering work, our expertise in data science is transforming the way data is collected, integrated and converted into knowledge and evidence – informing decision-making across both private and public sectors.

We’re also founding partners of the UK’s Open Data Institute in London’s Tech City – established to lead businesses across the UK in harnessing and leveraging the power of data.

Our academics

Professor Dame

Wendy Hall

Wendy is Regius Professor of Computer Science and Pro Vice-Chancellor (International Engagement) at the University of Southampton, as well as Executive Director of the Web Science Institute. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on the Digital Economy, was co-Chair of the UK government’s 2017 AI Review, and is the first Skills Champion for AI in the UK.

Professor

Les Carr

Les is Professor of Web Science at the University of Southampton’s School of Electronics and Computer Science. He’s also a Director of the Web Science Institute and previously Director of the Web Science Centre for Doctoral Training. His research on Open Access and Open Data led to the establishment of Eprints – offering Open Access publication and data services, training and support to the research industry.

Professor

Elena Simperl

Elena is a Professor of Computer Science within the Web and Internet Science research group – part of the University of Southampton’s School of Electronics and Computer Science. Her primary research domain concerns the intersection between knowledge technologies and crowd computing. Elena is interested in socially and economically-motivated aspects of creating and using semantically-enabled content on the Web, and in paradigms, methods and techniques to facilitate large-scale collaboration and incentivise participation.

Dr

Rob Blair

Rob is Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Southampton’s School of Electronics and Computer Science. He holds an MSc Information Systems from University of East Anglia and an MSc Web Science from University of Southampton. Qualified to teach Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science, Rob is a highly-experienced classroom teacher and online tutor specialising in data science.

Dr

David Millard

Dave is Associate Professor of Computer and Web Science at the University of Southampton, David is a founding member of the Web and Internet Science research group within the School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS). He represents ECS on the steering group for the Web Science Centre for Doctoral Training. David is currently Vice-Chair for ACM SIGWEB.

Dr

Gary Wills

Gary is an Associate Professor in Computer Science at the University of Southampton. He graduated from the University of Southampton with an Honours degree in Electromechanical Engineering, followed by a PhD in Industrial Hypermedia Systems. Gary is a Chartered Engineer, a member of the Institute of Engineering Technology, and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Educational Academy. He is also a visiting Associate Professor at University of Cape Town and a research professor at RLabs.