Huw Williams

Chief Technology Officer and Co-Convenor of the Future Emerging Technologies Research Group


Huw is SMARTlab’s CTO (Chief Technical Officer) and Co-Founder. He co-directs SMARTlab clg. He is also the founder of Broadcast Solutions, and has served previously as Head of IT initiatives for LOCOG, the London Organising Committee of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and as Head of Research and Innovation for the BBC. Recent commercial broadcast and interoperability solutions projects have included work on the Dubai Expo and on Heathrow Airport. Early projects with SMARTlab and the OUBBC co-invented some of the first fully interactive educational technology solutions for millions of viewers/users at a time. He also designed the cloud-served eductech solution for a major European business school. He is currently working on a gamified health communications app with SMARTlab and the Irish Department of Health and HSE to 'inoculate against misinformation' during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. He has been with SMARTlab since its inception at the OU BBC as the Multimedia Education Research Group nearly 30 years ago. His role as always been focussed on 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. He has developed major 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.
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