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The Twelfth International World Wide Web Conference 
20-24 May 2003, Budapest, HUNGARY 


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WWW2003 INVITED SPEAKERS
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Tim Berners-Lee

Stuart I. Feldman

Wendy Hall

Ben Shneiderman

Pal Tamas

 

Tim Berners-Lee
Tim Berners-Lee

Fitting it all together
Speaker: Tim Berners-Lee

The total amount of energy being put into new developments such as Web Services, Semantic Web, and Interactive Multimedia is huge. Is there any hope of these large projects working together, or will they remain separate? Should we plan it or will it just happen? A look at some of the connections between new technologies.


Tim Berners-Lee's home page:
http://www.w3.org/People/Berners-Lee/

 

The Web Touches Everything -- Now It needs to be SERIOUS
Speaker: Stuart I. Feldman

The Web has progressed from a fun place to visit to an essential of  modern life.Yet we depend on a variety of organically created technologies and an infrastructure provided by highly skilled and committed people. For a more robust and trustworthy net, we must accelerate progress on networks, servers, applications, and services. This talk will outline some of the considerations and risks at technical, economic, and policy levels.


Feldman is IBM’s Vice President for Internet Technology, and is responsible for overall strategies relating to the future of the Internet, articulating IBM’s vision to key constituencies, and working with key communities involved in the future of the Internet, as well as providing thought leadership for IBM’s Systems Group. He manages a department that creates experimental Internet-based applications and drives a number of key Internet standards and policies.

Before that, he was Head of Computer Science for IBM Research, with worldwide responsibility for growth and focus on research in computing. He was also Director of IBM’s Institute for Advanced Commerce. Prior to coming to IBM in 1995, he was a computer science researcher at Bell Labs and a research manager at Bellcore. He has published research in software engineering (and was the creator of Make), programming languages, scientific computing and other areas of computer science. He was also architect for a large new line of software products at Bellcore.

Feldman did his academic work (AB, Princeton and PhD, MIT) in astrophysics and mathematics. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of the ACM. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the AACSB, a member of the ACM Council, and has been a member of the Board of the Computing Research Association. He was chair of ACM SIGPLAN and is founding chair of the ACM SIG on E-Commerce. He is conference co-chair for WWW 2004.

Stuart I. Feldman
Stuart I. Feldman


Wendy Hall
Wendy Hall

Missing Links
Speaker: Wendy Hall

Long before the Web existed hypertext visionaries and researchers foresaw a richly inter-linked world that allowed authors and readers alike to move easily between related items of information in a global network. The Web provided the infrastructure to enable those ideas to become reality but in some ways is far more limited than many of its antecedents. Links, the fundamental building blocks of any hypertext system, are still difficult to author and maintain. Associative, personalised links, which formed the basis of Vannevar Bush’s off-cited article “As We May Think”, are largely missing from both the theory and the practice of building Web sites, and it is left to search engines to fill the gaps. However, the development of the Semantic Web promises to provide a much richer environment for exploring these ideas. This talk will consider the missing links in today’s Web environments and look forward to a richly linked future as the Semantic Web evolves.


Wendy Hall is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton, UK. She was the founding Head of the Intelligence, Agents, Multimedia (IAM) Research Group in the Department of Electronics and Computer Science at Southampton and is currently the Head of Department. She is the co-author of the book "Hypermedia and the Web: an Engineering Approach" (Wiley, 1999) and a non-executive director of Active Navigation Ltd, the company set-up to commercially exploit the hypermedia research work undertaken by her group in the 1990's. She is also President-elect of the British Computer Society and a member of IW3C2.

A longer biography is available at
http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/~wh/.

 

Leonardo's Laptop: Human Needs and the New Computing Technologies
Speaker: Ben Shneiderman

There is a shift of focus from what computers can do to what users can do. A key transformation is "universal usability," enabling participation by young and old, novice and expert, able and disabled. This transformation would empower those yearning for literacy or coping with their limitations. There are new computing applications in education, medicine, business, and governmen such as a World Wide Med that delivers secure patient histories in local languages at any emergency room and thriving million-person communities for e-commerce and e-government. With respect to larger questions about human relationships and society, we must explore the computer's potential to support creativity, consensus-seeking, and conflict resolution.


Ben Shneiderman is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Founding Director (1983-2000) of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory, and Member of the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies and the Institute for Systems Research, all at the University of Maryland at College Park. His widely used textbook, "Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction," is in its third edition and his latest book is "Leonardo's Laptop: Human Needs and the New Computing Technologies" (MIT Press, 2002).

A longer biography can be found at:
http://www.cs.umd.edu/~ben/

Ben Shneiderman
Ben Shneiderman

 

Pl Tams
Pl Tams

Globalities, Spatialities and it Strategies: New Web Politics and Social Development
Speaker: Pl Tams

 

Since the putative end of the Cold War modernization is increasingly reimagined as global civil society, an expanding zone of learning and communication, or as emerging forms of global governance. That vision we call neo-modernisation [theory?] and has emerged as important reflection on dreams about good society, development and growing economic competitiveness of global periphery. Web technologies were [are] understood here nor only as generic technologies reshaping the logic of production and distribution, but as toools for creation of "smart" institutions and social order. 'Information Society'[IS] visions and global Web development programs rather then comprising a distinctive sphere of inquiry, emerges and remains embedded within a matrix of subfields, research and policy approaches. Information Society perspectives, perharps most prominently and intricately is interwovan with technology policy, macrosociology, institutional economics and theories of global politics. Modernization theory here takes for granted the spatial demarcation of geopolitics by which difference is contained and domesticated and at the same time projects on one side as natural and universal a developmental sequence an offeres on the other side instruments to by-pass the traditional structures created by pre-modern situations and organizations. We present here taxonomies of Web development policies and societal development strategies on national levels confronted and/or connected with each other. The recessive theme of new social contract in the 'Information Society' has the potential to reconnect Web policies to the historical problem of redistributive conflicts between centre and periphery and the paper offers some develoment trajectories to overcome that traditional controversy. The closing section spells out how New Web Politics attempts to eradicate difference with two binaries- the spatial demarcation of inside/outside, and the developmental sequence of tradition/modernity


Pal Tamas is director of the Sociology Institute, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest. Trained as a computer scientist, later received Doctorates in Sociology and Economics. Visiting Professor and Researcher at MIT, Wesleyan University - CT, USA, Vienna Technical University, Frei University Berlin, Concordia University - Montreal, Carlton University - Ottawa, Academic Center, St. Petersburg - Russia, Moscow State University, etc.

His ongoing research focused on technology policy and development, global civil society, vulnerability of industrial societies, models of sustainability.

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