Tatiana Vilsbol awarded 2017 Irene Ng Prize

In 2017, Professor Irene Ng, a long-term Senior Member of Wolfson, offered an annual prize for Wolfson students to encourage innovative thinking on “the digital person” i.e. aspects of individual identity in a networked world. Professor Ng, who is Professor of Marketing and Service Systems and Director of the International Institute for Product and Service Innovation at the University of Warwick, was also the leader of the Hub of All Things (HAT) research project, a multi-institutional collaboration which has created a technological platform that enables individuals to realise the value of their personal data — and hopefully to enable new economic and business models to evolve in a comprehensively networked world.

We are pleased to announce that the 2017 Prize of £2,500 has been awarded to Tatiana Vilsbol (below) for her work on the risks and rewards of using social media data to learn about human behaviour. Tatiana studied economics at LSE's International Programme and then came to Wolfson as an undergraduate to study Psychological and Behavioural Sciences, graduating in 2017. She now works as a Research Assistant in the Department of Psychology’s Centre for Family Research. She will begin work on her PhD next year.

The Irene Ng prize will be awarded annually for the best essay or research proposal submitted by a Wolfson student (undergraduate or postgraduate) in the general area of “the digital person”. It is also planned to hold an annual symposium in Wolfson on the challenges and opportunities presented by personal data in a digital era. The next symposium will take place on 31 May at Wolfson College.

The judge for the 2017 award was Professor Jon Crowcroft FRS, Professorial Fellow of Wolfson, Marconi Professor of Communications Systems in the Computer Laboratory at the University of Cambridge and an inaugural Turing Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute in London.

The College is deeply grateful to Professor Ng for her generous and imaginative support of Wolfson students.