Prof Michael Wilson

Prof Michael Wilson
Scientific Computing Department
STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Harwell Oxford
OX11 0QX

Tel: +44 (0)1235 446 619

It is with great sadness that we remember Professor Michael Wilson who died suddenly on 30 April 2013. Michael will be sadly missed by all his colleagues (view the STFC staff intranet (link opens in a new window) for more information).

Michael Wilson has been seconded to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) as secretary to the e-Infrastructure Leadership Council (link opens in a new window). Michael has undertaken various consultancies within the UK public sector including acting as speech writer to the Director General of the Research Councils and as advisor to the cabinet office. He was a member of the EU IST Programme Advisory Group (ISTAG) (link opens in a new window) during the 6th European Framework Programme. In June 2002 Internet Magazine included him in its list of the 50 "movers and shakers" in the UK internet industry.

His research in human-computer interaction (HCI) and in data management has resulted in open W3C standards (SMIL (link opens in a new window), SKOS (link opens in a new window)), and influenced the design of commercial software technologies. Since 1986 he has maintained the MRC Psycholinguistic Database (link opens in a new window) and the Edinburgh Associative Thesaurus (link opens in a new window) as open data resources, updating the mechanism as technology has evolved. He has organised international conferences (e.g. Euroweb 2002 (PDF - link opens in a new window), Challengers Grid Standards 2008 (PDF - link opens in a new window)), as well as having been a founder member of the editorial boards of the journals 'Interacting with Computers (link opens in a new window)', and 'Universal Access in the Information Society (link opens in a new window)'. Michael is a member of the BCS (link opens in a new window), senior member of the ACM (link opens in a new window), and an associate fellow of the BPS (link opens in a new window).

View the full list of Michael's publications (link opens in a new window).

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