As previously reported, The AKT Project researchers and others built an example Semantic Web application, CS AKTiveSpace, which won the international Semantic Web Challenge 2003. Following this, in a typical 3-year EPSRC project, the publications would be done, the final report then written, and the exercise would be declared a resounding success. The researchers then move on to the next funding opportunity.
AKT, however is a 6-year project. And it seems a shame to lose the effort we put in. Hugh and Nick will report on some of the places the AKTiveSpace research is going, and some of how and why.
Hugh Glaser is a Reader in the Department of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton, which he joined in 1988. Previously he was Project Director of the Flagship Project at Imperial College, which was a large-scale project to produce a parallel machine and associated software, in collaboration with ICL and a number of UK Universities. Prior to that he was a lecturer at King's and Westfield Colleges of the University of London. A theme running through his research has been textual and visual programming languages and implementation, with an emphasis on declarative style. The semantic web and associated technologies and systems currently fires his enthusiasm.
Nick Gibbins is a lecturer in the School of Electronics and Computer Science, but was a lowly PhD student when he first joined in 1997. He has been a member of the Advanced Knowledge Technologies project since 2000, and his research interests include open hypertext and hypermedia, large-scale multiagent systems and the Semantic Web.