School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

Natasa Milic-Frayling - Distinguished Lecture

2 April 2014

Time: 3:00 - 4:00pm
Venue: BR 3.02 Bancroft Road Teaching Rooms Peter Landin Building London E1 4NS


Design and business models that drive innovation in digital technologies have led to fragmentation of digital content that we create, acquire, and may wish to use in perpetuity. The content that we care about is spread across applications and services, with more or less control over access and reuse. Among them are ‘traditional’ digital forms such as personal documents, presentations, photos, and videos that invoke a strong analogy with similar artefacts that we manage and use in the physical world. Considering the complex nature of digital media, the question arises whether there is a way to achieve a comparable level of confidence in managing our personal digital assets throughout our life time. What are the pre-requisites for building a personal digital estate that would host the content we care about and the services that enable us to reuse that content effectively? In this presentation we discuss the technical and conceptual aspects of information architectures required for reuse and long term access to digital content based on user studies and prototypes of enabling services. 

About the Speaker:

As a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research Cambridge (MSRC), Natasa Milic-Frayling is setting research directions for the Integrated Systems Group, focussing on new paradigms for digital content management and analysis, online communication and social interactions. Her work is concerned with the fundamental aspects of digital technologies and their impact on the lives of individuals and the society as a whole.
Natasa is a leading expert in the area of digital preservation. She is actively involved with the Open PLANETS Foundation and the EU SCAPE initiative on scalable cloud-based services for long term access to digital content. She is equally passionate about innovation in personal and social computing and promotes a dialogue between industry, consumers, and policy makers on the issues that arise from the novel usage of technology. She advocates a principled approach to computing design to enable self-determination of individuals and empower them to become effective contributors to the digital society.