WSTNET Laboratories


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

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

B-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.

Imperial College London Data Science Institute

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.

International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore

The Web Science Lab (WSL) at IIIT Bangalore focuses on building models to extract semantics and understand the impact of the web on different facets of human life. The lab also has research projects on using Web Technologies in various fields like Education. There are research projects on building models for understanding and utilising open data and open ended data.


Prof. S. Sadogopan, Director of IIIT Bangalore is a graduate of Madras University, India and Purdue University, USA. He taught for 25+ years at IIT Kanpur, IIM Bangalore, IIT Madras and IIITBangalore in addition to short teaching assignments at RUTGERS, USA and AIT, Bangkok. He has wide research interests that include Operations Research, Multi-criteria optimization Decision Theory, Simulation, Enterprise Computing, Programming Languages, Databases, Multimedia and e-Governance.

Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Indian Institute of Technology Madras is one among the foremost institutes of national importance in higher technological education, basic and applied research. In 1956, the German Government offered technical assistance for establishing an institute of higher education in engineering in India. The first Indo-German agreement in Bonn, West Germany for the establishment of the Indian Institute of Technology at Madras was signed in 1959. The Institute has sixteen academic departments and a few advanced research centres in various disciplines of engineering and pure sciences, with nearly 100 laboratories organised in a unique pattern of functioning.


Balaraman Ravindran is a professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and head the Robert Bosch Centre for Data Science and AI at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. He completed his Ph.D. at the Department of Computer Science^, University of Massachusetts, Amherst^. He worked with Prof. Andrew G. Barto on an algebraic framework for abstraction in Reinforcement Learning. His current research interests span the broader area of machine learning, ranging from Spatio-temporal Abstractions in Reinforcement Learning to social network analysis and Data/Text Mining. Much of the work in my group is directed toward understanding interactions and learning from them.

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).

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL DIG)

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.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology 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.

National University of Singapore 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. 

Northwestern University 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.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 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.

AI Institute of Shanghai University

shu logoThe Institute of Artificial Intelligence of Shanghai University integrates the advantages of artificial intelligence, computer, control, communication, machinery, mechanics and other disciplines including over 30 of robotics experience at the university.


Professor Peng Yan

Professor Peng Yan is executive deputy director of the Marine Intelligent Unmanned System Equipment Engineering Research Center of the Ministry of Education, dean of the Institute of Unmanned Boat Engineering of Shanghai University and executive deputy dean of the Institute of Artificial Intelligence, Shanghai University.

The Institute is a test field for interdisciplinary integration and institutional reform. It focuses on the combination of cognitive ocean and artificial intelligence, organizes cutting-edge research in marine science with large-scale scientific thinking, and develops key technologies for marine science applications with large-scale engineering thinking. The marine cognition system based on “Utilization of Ocean Intelligence” breaks through the core scientific issues of the marine cognition system, forms a marine intelligent information system, and realizes the transparency of marine environment information.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (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.

Tsinghua University Web Science Laboratory

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.

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 Prof 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.

University of Hannover L3S Research Centre

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.

University of Koblenz The Institute for Web Science and Technologies (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.


Dr Matthias Thimm

Dr Matthias Thimm is a senior researcher at the Institute for Web Science and Technologies (WeST) in Koblenz, Germany.

His research focus is on formal methods of knowledge representation and artificial intelligence, both from a conceptual as well as algorithmic perspective.

University of Oxford 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.


Professor Philip Howard

Professor Philip Howard is the Director of the OII. He is a professor of sociology, information and international affairs. He is the author, most recently, of Pax Technica: How the Internet of Things May Set Us Free or Lock Us Up.

University of Southampton Web Science Institute

WSI logoThe Web Science Institute is an entrepreneurial non-profit research institute within the University of Southampton. The Web Science Institute brings together world-leading interdisciplinary expertise to tackle the most pressing global challenges facing the World Wide Web and wider society today. It is necessarily interdisciplinary, as much about social and organisational behaviour, as about the underpinning technology.


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).

University of Southern California Annenberg Networks Network

ANN LogoANN 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.


Emilio Ferrara is Assistant Research Professor and Associate Director of Applied Data Science at the USC Department of Computer Science, Research Team Leader and Principal Investigator in the Machine Intelligence and Data Science (MINDS) group at the University of Southern California‘s Information Sciences His research core involves Networks & Society + Humans & Machines

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam The Network Institute

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.


Ivar Vermeulen  is an associate professor in Communication Science, specializing in persuasion research. He obtained his PhD in 2003 at the Institute for Logic, Language, and Information (University of Amsterdam). Most of his current research is experimental in nature and focuses on the role of trust, biases, and affective cues (such as music) in persuasion processes. Other projects involve applications of computer-assisted research methods such as automated content analysis, network analysis of Web data, and formal modelling.