The semantic web attempts to impose semantics from the inside at the point of creation. I will discuss work in a dot com, aQtive, a few years ago and more recent nascent ideas for adding semantics from the outside, closer to the point of use.
This will touch on component architectures that take status phenomena seriously, principles of appropriate intelligence, accessing the hidden web and setting google free for the masses.
On occasions I will step outside my own expertise and into areas I'm sure some at Southampton know far better ... so I look forward to being put right if I stray too far and too wildly :-)
I began as a bearded mathematician at Cambridge, worked as a research scientist at the National Institute of Agricultural Engineering (lots of brightly painted tractors), a Cobol programmer for Cumbria County Council (lots of beige and brown ICL mainframes), then in 1984, thanks to Alvey, I became a bearded computer scientist. I worked for almost 10 years at York University before moving to become a Reader at Huddersfield in 1994, where I lead the HCI Research centre hci@hud, and chaired the HCI95 conference. I was Associate Dean of the School of Computing at Staffordshire University (lots of meetings) and am still part-time Professor of Computing there. I have written and edited several books (see my web pages), including a big textbook on Human-Computer Interaction and a smaller textbook on Artificial Intelligence.
In general I'm interested in just about anything!