Here you find the laboratories that are part of the the Web Science Trust Network.

Annenberg Networks Network (ANN)

ANN supports a variety of efforts designed to develop social network theory. A key strategy to developing new theory is the exploration of information-based communication networks that are the foundation of a new social form called the network society. Another useful approach is to explore multiple existing social theories to identify new implications for social networks. A third technique is to apply a theory developed to explain other phenomena to information and communication networks. ANN also undertakes empirical research projects to test these network theories.


Peter MongePeter Monge is Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication. His research on organisational communication networks, collaborative information systems, globalisation and communication processes, coevolutionary theory, and research methods has been published in numerous leading communication and organisational journals, handbooks, and book chapters. In 2003 he received the Distinguished Scholar award from the Organisational Communication and Information Systems Division of the Academy of Management, and the Distinguished Research Award from the Organisational Communication Division of the National Communication Association.

Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology (B-IT)

B-IT LogoB-IT offers highly selective International Master Programmes in Applied IT as well as summer/winter schools for qualified computer science students.


Stefan Wrobel

Stefan Wrobel is director of the Institute of Informatics III of the University of Bonn and director of Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS . He is a member of the faculty of B-IT Master Programme of Media Informatics.

University of Cardiff Computer Science

Cardiff University LogoUC-CS has a well-established interdisciplinary research team working on the scientific investigation of the WWW and the applications it underpins (e.g. social media) from the perspective of computer and social sciences. Substantive research here in Human and Cyber Security is fundamentally theory driven. Published research includes machine classification of cyberhate, suicidal language and social tension, using social theory to derive features for the classifiers. Cardiff have also studied how information propagates on the Web and the linguistic and human actor attributes that support information flow.


Professor Matthew Williams Dr Pete Burnap

Professor Matthew Williams and Dr Pete Burnap are directors of the ESRC-funded Social Data Science Lab that continues the successful COSMOS programme of work. The Lab forms part of the Data Innovation Research Institute, which will be housed within the new Social Science Research Park at Cardiff University.

Data Science Institute at Imperial College

Data Science Institute LogoThe Data Science Institute‘s mission is to provide a focal point for Imperial College’s capabilities in multidisciplinary data-driven research by coordinating data science research for College scientists and partners, alongside educating the next generation of data scientists.


Professor Yi-Ke GuoYi-Ke Guo is a Professor of Computing Science in the Department of Computing at Imperial College London. He is the founding Director of the Data Science Institute, as well as leading the Discovery Science Group in the department. Professor Guo also holds the position of CTO of the tranSMART Foundation, a global open source community using and developing data sharing and analytics technology for translational medicine.

Fraunhofer – FOKUS

FOKUS LogoThe Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS) offers it’s solutions in seven business units. Three units address the horizontal issues of digital networking: networks, system quality and visualization. Four units focus on the design of digital networking in the respective branches: media, general public, mobility and security. With around 430 employees FOKUS is one of the largest Fraunhofer institutes, and with more than 25 years of experience, FOKUS is one of the most important actors in the ICT research landscape both nationally and worldwide. Market-oriented solutions are being distributed by a total of 11 spin-offs.


Manfred Hauswirth

Manfred Hauswirth is professor for Open Distributed Systems at the Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin). Previously, he was Vice-Director of the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) for 8 years and a stream leader in INSIGHT, the Irish National Data Analytics Centre.

Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA)

Inria LogoINRIA has actively supported the Web since its beginning, participating in the very first R&D that produced the Web in the early 1990s, and as a founding member of the W3 Consortium (W3C). Many of INRIA’s research teams contribute to computer science domains which are very relevant to the Web’s architecture, including data security and privacy enforcement, distributed and decentralized architectures, programming languages, natural language processing, and formal methods.


Fabien Gandon

As well as Senior Researcher and Research Director at Inria, Fabien Gandon is leader of the Wimmics research team in the Research Center of Sophia-Antipolis and I3S CNRS, University Côte d’Azur, Nice – Sophia Antipolis, France.  He is also Advisory Committee representative of Inria at the World-Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

IU Network Science Institute (IUNI)

IUNI LogoIUNI encourages multidisciplinary collaborations between researchers at Indiana University to promote and develop innovative research advances in our understanding of networks. IUNI sets out to discover the unique characteristics of complex networks, construct formal mathematical descriptions of their structure and function, and explore their universality, predictive power, and the limits of their applicability.


Patricia Mabry

Dr Patricia L. Mabry‘s research interests are in disease prevention, big data, and machine learning analysis. She has published, presented on, and/or served as guest editor on a range of topics including: reproducibility, big data, systems science, transdisciplinary research, obesity, tobacco control, diabetes, and mood disorders.

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

KAIST logoWeb Science and Technology (WebST) at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) is part of the World Class University program for the future growth of Korea.  WebST is a new emerging discipline that takes the Web as its primary object of study and engineering. Exploring the interactions among the complex technical, engineering, and social aspects of the Web, KAIST’s graduate-level program rests on computing technologies to build and extend the Web, engineering techniques to develop large-scale applications, and analytical methodologies for understanding its nature and impact on various aspects of human society.


Prof. Sung-Hyon Myaeng

Professor Sung-Hyon Myaeng is Head of the Web Science & Technology Division of the Information Retrieval and Natural Language Processing lab at KAIST. The lab has interests in a broad range of applications such as text mining, digital libraries with multimedia content, electronic commerce and the semantic Web.

L3S Research Center

L3S logoL3S researchers develop new, innovative methods and technologies that enable intelligent and seamless access to information on the Web, link individuals and communities in all aspects of the knowledge society – including science and education – and connect the Internet to the real world and its institutions. It is a research-driven institution that stands out through its significant innovations.  Since its inception in 2001, the L3S has brought together numerous outstanding scientists from the areas of information retrieval, databases, semantic web, performance modeling, service computing and mobile networks that challenge and actively pursue interdisciplinary research. Since 2008, the L3S has been involved in numerous EU projects including and currently coordinates three EU projects: LinkedUp, DuraArk, and ForgetIT.


Prof Wolfgang Nejdl

Professor Wolfgang Nejdl heads the L3S Research Center and the Distributed Systems Institute / Knowledge Based Systems, and researches in the areas of search and information retrieval, information systems, semantic web technologies, peer-to-peer infrastructures, databases, technology-enhanced learning and digital libraries. He has published more than 320 scientific articles and has been program chair, program committee and editorial board member of numerous international conferences and journals.


CSAIL LogoBased at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), the Decentralized Information Group (DIG) was founded by Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web. DIG explore the consequences of information on the Web: where it comes from, what happens to it, and what are the rules for using it.  DIG’s members include leaders in technology and public policy, and is closely coordinated with the activities of the World Wide Web Consortium, the international standards-setting organization for the Web. They build tools to help people control the policies governing information, and build automated reasoning systems to help determine whether information use complies with policy.


Professor Hal Abelson

Professor Hal Abelson serves co-chair of the MIT Council on Educational Technology, where he played key roles in fostering MIT institutional educational technology initiatives such MIT OpenCourseWare and DSpace.  Abelson is a leader in the worldwide movement towards openness and democratization of culture and intellectual resources, is a founding director of Creative Commons, Public Knowledge, and the Free Software Foundation, and a director of the Center for Democracy and Technology.

MIT Human Dynamics Lab

MIT HD Lab logoThe Human Dynamics Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Laboratories pioneered the idea of a society enabled by Big Data. The Lab has developed technologies such as reality mining, which uses mobile phone data to extract patterns that predict future human behaviour, a `nervous system’ framework for dramatically more efficient transportation, health, energy, and financial systems, the New Deal on Data policies which are now enshrined in the US Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, and a Trust Network communication architecture that ensures that this new data driven society is secure and fair.


Professor Alex 'Sandy' Pentland

Professor Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland directs MIT’s Human Dynamics Laboratory and the MIT Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program, co-leads the World Economic Forum Big Data and Personal Data initiatives, and is a founding member of the Advisory Boards for Nissan, Motorola Mobility, and a variety of start-up firms. He has previously helped create and direct MIT’s Media Laboratory, the Media Lab Asia laboratories at the Indian Institutes of Technology, and Strong Hospital’s Center for Future Health.

NUS-Extreme-Tsinghua (NExT)

NExT LogoNExT is a multi-million-dollar collaboration between the National University of Singapore and Tsinghua University in China to develop technologies for live media search. The project gathers, mines, searches and organizes user-generated content within the cities of Beijing and Singapore


Professor Chua Tat Seng

Professor Chua Tat Seng is the KITHCT Chair Professor at the School of Computing, National University of Singapore (NUS).  Dr Chua’s main research interest is in multimedia information retrieval and social media analysis. In particular, his research focuses on the extraction, retrieval and question-answering (QA) of text, video and live media arising from the Web and social networks.  His group participates regularly in TREC-QA and TRECVID video retrieval evaluations.  Dr Chua  has organized and served as program committee member of numerous international conferences in the areas of computer graphics, multimedia and text processing. 

Oxford e-Research Centre (OERC)

OERC LogoThe OERC leads digital research and drives innovation in technology. We connect disciplines, applications and computation to accelerate research and collaboration within the University of Oxford, nationally and internationally. Since its establishment in 2006 the Oxford e-Research Centre has grown to be an internationally prestigious team of over 50 multidisciplinary researchers committed to accelerating research through innovative technology. The Centre is home to a wide portfolio of research projects in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, technology and research infrastructure development.


Professor Dave De Roure

OERC Director, Professor Dave De Roure is Co-Director of the Institute for the Future of Computing in the Oxford Martin School and has a coordinating role in Digital Humanities at Oxford. Focused on advancing digital scholarship, he works closely with multiple disciplines including social sciences (concentrating on social machines and web observatories), and digital humanities (computational musicology). He is an expert in big data analytics and has an extensive background in distributed computing, Web, Linked Data and social computing, runs the social website for sharing scientific workflows and promotes innovation in scholarly communication.

Oxford Internet Institute (OII)

OII LogoThe OII was founded in 2001 at the University of Oxford, as an academic centre for the study of the societal implications of the Internet. In the last forty years the complexity of the Internet’s societal implications has become ever more obvious, as well as the many ways it shapes our lives. Grounded in a determination to measure, understand and explain its multi-faceted interactions and effects, our research projects bring together some of the best international scholars within a multi-disciplinary department in one of the world’s top research universities. We are committed to being an informed, independent and nonpartisan source of the highest quality analysis and insight in all our research and policy-related activities.


Helen Margetts

OII Director, Helen Margetts is Professor of Society and the Internet – a political scientist specialising in e-government and digital era governance and politics, investigating the nature and implications of relationships between governments, citizens and the Internet and related digital technologies. In 2003 she and Patrick Dunleavy won the ‘Political Scientists Making a Difference’ award from the UK Political Studies Association. She is co-director of OxLab, a laboratory for social science experiments and editor of the journal Policy and Internet. She holds the ESRC professorial fellowship ‘The Internet, Political Science and Public policy: Re-examining Collective Action, Governance and Citizen-Governance Interactions in the Digital Era’ (2011-4). 

Science of Networks in Communities (SONIC)

SONIC logoThe SONIC research group at Northwestern University advances social network theories, methods, and tools to better understand and meet the needs of diverse communities. SONIC develops cutting-edge techniques to study and improve social and knowledge networks in distributed working groups, online communities, virtual teams, and other large communities. SONIC helps communities discover their existing communication and knowledge networks, diagnose their network’s health by measuring its robustness, connectedness, bottlenecks, etc., and design the social incentives and technical infrastructure needed for networks to function at optimal effectiveness.


Professor Noshir Contractor

Professor Noshir Contractor investigates factors that lead to the formation, maintenance, and dissolution of dynamically linked social and knowledge networks in a wide variety of contexts, including communities of practice in business, science, and engineering, public health networks, and virtual worlds.

Tetherless World Constellation (TWC)

TWC logoTWC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute explores the research and engineering principles that underlie the Web, to enhance the Web’s reach beyond the desktop and laptop computer, and develops new technologies and languages that expand the capabilities of the Web under three themes: Future Web, Xinformatics and Semantic Foundations. Research areas include: web science, privacy, intellectual property, general compliance, Web-based medical and health systems, semantic e-science, data-science, semantic data frameworks, next generation virtual observatories, semantic data and knowledge integration, ontologies, semantic rules and query, semantic applications, data and information visualization, and knowledge provenance, trust and explanation for science


Dr Deborah McGuiness

Dr Deborah L. McGuinness is a leading expert in knowledge representation and reasoning languages and systems and has worked in ontology creation and evolution environments for over 20 years. She is best known for her leadership role in semantic web research, and for her work on explanation, trust, and applications of semantic web technology, particularly for scientific applications. Deborah is co-editor of the Web Ontology Language which has achieved W3C Recommendation status. She helped start the web ontology working group out of work as a co-author of the DARPA Agent Markup Language program’s DAML language.

The Network Institute VU

Network Institute logoThe Network Institute at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is a collaboration between researchers in Computer Science, the Social Sciences, the Humanities, Economics, Law and Philosophy. The Network Institute studies the technological, economic, social and communicative aspects of networks. It brings together a unique combination of scientists from informatics, social sciences and humanities. There is new science to explore, in order to understand and deal with our increasingly connected world.


Frank van Harmelen

Professor Frank van Harmelen is a professor in Knowledge Representation & Reasoning in the AI department at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He was one of the co-designers of the OWL Web Ontology Language Language, and is scientific director the LarKC project, aiming to develop the ‘Large Knowledge Collider’, a platform for very large scale Semantic Web reasoning. He has published books on meta-level inference, knowledge-based systems, and the Semantic Web, and over 100 research papers.

The Web Science Institute (WSI)

WSI logoThe Web Science Centre for Doctoral Training is hosted by the school and provides funded scholarships for fifty doctoral students in Web Science. It is part of a £250 million investment in the future of UK science and technology by the RCUK Digital Economy programme. Web scientists develop an understanding of the Web’s development and growth, its capacity for furthering global knowledge and communication, and its inherent values of trustworthiness, privacy and respect for social boundaries.


Professor Les Carr

Professor Leslie Carr is a professor of Web Science at the University of Southampton. Since the 1980’s he has experimented with multimedia information systems, novel ways of constructing hypertexts, digital libraries and knowledge management systems. Professor Carr is working with Open Access and Institutional Repositories with the goal of encouraging researchers and scientists to become responsible curators of their own intellectual assets, and to build the information environments that enable that goal and also that take advantage of it (repositories, literature analysis services, community maps, new idea trackers).

Tsinghua-Southampton Web Science Laboratory – Shenzhen

Tsinghua University LogoSince 2008 the Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University and the University of Southampton have been working together to build the Tsinghua-Southampton Web Science Laboratory. The laboratory aims to develop collaboration between global experts, jointly study the development of Web technology and industry, and build a high level research centre based on the foundation of cooperation between Tsinghua and Southampton.


Professor Jianping Wu

Professor Jianping Wu is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Technology, Tsinghua University, Beijing. Since 1994 he has led the Network Research Center, is deputy director of the Leading Group of Informatization at Tsinghua, and director, Research Center for Computer Network Technologies at the Ministry of Education. His research interests are in Computer Network Architecture, Internet Protocol and Network Testing, and Formal Methods.

WeST Koblenz

WeST Koblenz logoThe Institute for Web Science and Technologies (WeST) at the University of Koblenz, works on issues related to the usage and the technologies of the World Wide Web. Researchers consider the technical aspects of the Web as a global networked information system, and information services, as well as the personal and social aspects of Web use. They aim at understanding the structure and evolution of the Web, in order to make the Web more useful, and to ensure its future success. WeSt researches and develops novel technologies of the Semantic Web, Web Retrieval, Multimedia Web, Interactive Web and the Software Web.


Professor Steffen Staab

Professor Steffen Staab is a professor for Databases & Information Systems and the Director of WeST, the Web Science and Technologies Institute. His research interests include: Web Science; Semantic Web Foundations, Querying & Reasoning; Ontology Technologies; Ontologies in Software Modelling; Web Mining and Retrieval; Semantic Multimedia.