Elena Simperl is a Professor of Computer Science and Deputy Head of Department for Enterprise and Engagement in Informatics. She is also the Director of Research for the Open Data Institute (ODI), and a Fellow of the British Computer Society and of the Royal Society of Arts. She features in the top 100 most influential scholars in knowledge engineering of the last decade.
Elena’s research is at intersection between AI and social computing. She has been involved in forty European and national research projects, including more recently QROWD, ODINE, Data Pitch, Data Stories, ACTION, and MediaFutures.
Elena’s interest in leading initiatives within the scientific community has also taken form through chairing several conferences in her field, including the European and International Semantic Web Conference series, the European Data Forum, and the European Semantic Technologies conference. She is the president of the Semantic Web Science Association.