2nd Keynote Speaker - 8th July 2004
Keynote Title - "The Future of the World Wide Web?."
Michael Wilson is the manager of the W3C Office in the UK and Ireland, hosted at the CCLRC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. W3C is the organisation established by the creator of the Web, Tim Berners-Lee in 1994 to lead the Web to its full potential through ensuring interoperability of different vendors’ systems. Because of this role, he was described in the June 2002 Internet Magazine as one of the 50 most influential people in the UK Internet business.
Michael Wilson has been an active researcher for over 20 years, with over 100 research publications in Knowledge Engineering, HCI, Multimedia and VR. His research has given rise to demonstrators, reference models, standards, and one spin-off company (Oratrix bv in the Netherlands), as well as influencing the development of several commercial products. In parallel with his research activities he has continually undertaken research programme activities since 1987 including co-ordinating the UK national university research programme on Multimedia Networking Applications (EPSRC MNA) from 1995-2000 and from 2003 membership of the EU IST programme Advisory Group (ISTAG). From February 2004 he is Programme Manager for the EU funded Integrated Project Trustcom, developing trust systems to support virtual organisations throughout their lifecycles.