Last week the Web Science Institute hosted its annual Research Week at the Royal Society. I was unable to attend the event, but did submit a poster to be displayed alongside other Web Science Doctoral Training Centre postgraduate students’ work.
The Research Week is a fantastic opportunity each year to present the work that you have been doing to industry partners and also to other researchers in the Web Science field. As an interdisciplinary PhD student, there are challenges to putting together a Web Science academic poster. Every year I battle with the seemingly impossible task of distilling the ideas of an entire PhD research topic into a few words and images. This year I chose to present only a small portion of my research. I took one theme from my work, and one small case study. This was a much less daunting task, and I am happy with the resultant poster.
Our Doctoral Training Centre is a dynamic group of researchers, and nothing highlights this more than the collection of posters that were displayed at the event last week. Topics range from questioning the web as an enabler of involuntary pornography to analysing web data to predict stock prices. The most exciting thing for me about this week is the poster exhibition, as this represents a real opportunity to see how other researchers are tackling big issues surrounding the web. The methodologies and methods used are varied, and often very complex, and this is a great way to think about my own research. Seeing what other students are doing to contribute to their research areas provides tips and new directions for my own work.
I’m sad that I missed the industry partner group activities that the WSI organised this year. The teams have been working on the big questions in Web Science over the past week, and I look forward to seeing the results of these projects.
The Web Science Institute blog and website is here: http://soton.ac.uk/wsi
My poster is here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/210219184/
The WSI Research Week poster collection is here: http://www.scribd.com/collections/4451709/