Huw Williams, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Convenor of the Future Emerging Technologies Research Group
Huw is SMARTlab’s CTO (Chief Technical Officer), and was also recently appointed to head IT initiatives for LOCOG, the London Organising Committee of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He has been with SMARTlab since its inception, offering 17 years of experience in leading innovations and broadcast/audience development. His experience in managing large teams of engineers, medical and health experts, broadcasters and scholars in the co-creation of major learning and communications projects makes him the ideal CTO for SMART-futures projects.
Huw is responsible for creative technology innovation in terms of our technological vision, interoperability and scalability of tools and platforms. Previously, he was Head of Research and Innovation for the BBC, responsible for the BBC technology innovation function across broadcast and new media technology. He was responsible for developing innovation initiatives to capture and develop ideas and improved partnerships through establishing collaborations with major external organisations such as NHK in Japan, UK universities and other research establishments.
Projects at BBC Research included leading the technology teams behind the Freesat service to develop a new broadcast service (including set-top box specification), display systems beyond High Definition and open source compression systems, as well as the BBC Backstage developer network. Previous roles at the BBC included Head of Technology for Television and BBC News (looking at High Definition issues). As Head of New Media Development for BBC Radio and Music, he set up the technical and design teams that developed the BBC Radio websites.
Before joining the BBC, he founded a number of new media companies developing interactive television software, and worked as a consultant for a range of clients. He is also in the queue to conduct his PhD with the SMARTlab, using his Olympic experience as the background to a major case study for a project to engage in the area of technologies to support social and community engagement in learning and physical rehabilitation.