David De Roure

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David De Roure
Photograph of David De Roure by George M. Mood
Born David Charles De Roure
(1962-09-03) 3 September 1962 (age 54)
North London, England
Nationality British
Fields Digital humanities
Computational musicology
Semantic web
Scientific workflow systems
Institutions University of Oxford
University of Southampton
Thesis A Lisp environment for modelling distributed systems (1990)
Doctoral advisor David W. Barron
Peter Henderson
Doctoral students
  • Ayomi Bandara[1]
  • Neil Berrington[2]
    Eloise Biggs[3]
  • Steve Blackburn[4]
  • Migeul de Oliveira Branco[5]
  • Jonathan Dale[6]
  • Vijay Dialani[7]
  • Tao Guan[8]
  • John Ibbotson[9]
  • Jaime Cerda Jacobo[10]
  • Danius Michaelides[11]
  • Stuart Middeton[12]
  • David R. Newman[13]
  • Ian Millard[14]
    Kevin R. Page[15]
    John Revill[16]
  • Neil Ridgeway[17]
  • Melike Sah[18]
  • Mark Thompson[19]
  • Jing Zhou[20]
Known for Significant Contributions to e-Research[citation needed]
Notable awards Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS)

David Charles De Roure PhD[21] FBCS[22] MIMA CITP[23] is a Professor of e-Research at the University of Oxford, Director of the Oxford e-Research Centre (OeRC)[24] and Co-Director of the Institute for the Future of Computing[25] in the Oxford Martin School. From 2009 to 2013 he held the post of National Strategic Director for e-Social Science.[26][27] He is also a supernumerary Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford.[28][29]


De Roure grew up in West Sussex and studied for an undergraduate degree in Mathematics with Physics at the University of Southampton, completing his studies in 1984. He stayed on to do a Doctor of Philosophy degree[21] in 1990 initially under the supervision of David W. Barron and Peter Henderson[30] on a Lisp environment for modelling distributed computing.

Research and career[edit]

Following an early career in medical electronics at Sonicaid, De Roure held a longstanding position in the School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton[31] from its formation as a department in 1986, becoming a full professor in 2000. He was Warden of South Stoneham House in the late 80s. He moved to the Oxford e-Research Centre in July 2010. He was closely involved in the UK e-Science programme and is best known for the myExperiment,[32][33][34] the Semantic Grid initiative,[35][36] and the UK's Open Middleware Infrastructure Institute (OMII-UK) for which he chaired the management board from 2007 to 2010. In 2009 he was appointed as the National Strategic Director for e-Social Science by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

His personal research interests[37][38][39] include e-Research and Computational musicology and his projects build on Semantic Web,[40] Web 2.0 and Scientific workflow system technologies. A notable contribution to the field of the Semantic Web is his gloss of the common name for the Web Ontology Language, properly 'WOL' and commonly referred to as 'OWL', as deriving from A.A. Milne's character Owl in the Winnie-the-Pooh stories.[41] Characteristically his work focuses on the 'long tail' of researchers[42] through adoption of user-centric methodologies.[34] He currently works on Social Machines[43] and Web Observatories.[44] Prior to e-Science he worked in distributed computing, Amorphous computing, Ubiquitous computing and Hypertext with funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.[45]

Academic service[edit]

De Roure was involved in the organisation of Digital Research 2012[46] and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Web Semantics,[47] Ubiquity Press,[48] FORCE11[49] and What's the Score.[50] DeRoure is also a member of the Scientific Council of the Web Science Trust. De Roure has supervised or co-supervised several doctoral students.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20]

Personal life[edit]

De Roure is married to Gillian Catherine Payne and has four children. He plays a variety of basses in jazz bands, including a 21-inch ukulele[51] and a double bass.


  1. ^ a b Bandara, Ayomi (2008). Semantic Description and Matching of Services for Pervasive Environments (PhD thesis). University of Southampton. 
  2. ^ a b Berrington, Neil (2002). A Model for the Coordination of Mobile Processes (PhD thesis). University of Southampton. 
  3. ^ a b Biggs, Eloise (2009). Changes in hydrological extremes and climate variability in the Severn Uplands (PhD thesis). University of Southampton. 
  4. ^ a b Blackburn, Steve (2000). Content Based Retrieval and Navigation of Music Using Melodic Pitch Contours (PhD thesis). University of Southampton. 
  5. ^ a b de Oliveira Branco, Miguel (2009). Distributed Data Management for Large Scale Applications (PhD thesis). University of Southampton. 
  6. ^ a b Dale, Jonathan (1997). A Mobile Agent Architecture for Distributed Information Management (PhD thesis). University of Southampton. 
  7. ^ a b Dialani, Vijay (2005). Adaptive Resource Management in Large Scale Distributed Systems (PhD thesis). University of Southampton. 
  8. ^ a b Guan, Tao (2008). A System Architecture to Provide Enhanced Grid Access for Mobile Devices (PhD thesis). University of Southampton. 
  9. ^ a b Ibbotson, John Bryan (2009). A Framework for the Real-Time Analysis of Musical Events (PhD thesis). University of Southampton. 
  10. ^ a b Jacobo, Jaime Cerda (2010). A Decentralised Graph-Based Framework for Electrical Power Markets (PhD thesis). University of Southampton. 
  11. ^ a b Michaelides, Danius (1997). Exact Tests via Complete Enumeration: A Distributed Computing Approach (PhD thesis). University of Southampton. 
  12. ^ a b Middleton, Stuart (2003). Open Hypermedia and Temporal Linking with Audio Streams (PhD thesis). University of Southampton. 
  13. ^ a b Newman, David R. (2011). The Building and Application of a Semantic Platform for an e-Research Society (PhD thesis). University of Southampton. 
  14. ^ a b Millard, Ian (2008). Contextually Aware Pervasive Computing: A Semantic Approach (PhD thesis). University of Southampton. 
  15. ^ a b Page, Kevin R. (2007). Continuous Metadata Flows for Distributed Multimedia (PhD thesis). University of Southampton. 
  16. ^ a b Revill, John (2007). Self-Organising an Indoor Location System using a Paintable Amorphous Computer (PhD thesis). University of Southampton. 
  17. ^ a b Ridgeway, Neil (2001). Open Hypermedia and Temporal Linking with Audio Streams (PhD thesis). University of Southampton. 
  18. ^ a b Sah, Melike (2009). Semantic Linking and Personalization in Context (PhD thesis). University of Southampton. 
  19. ^ a b Thompson, Mark Kenneth (2005). Hypermedia Link Service Architectures for Pervasive Computing Environments (PhD thesis). University of Southampton. 
  20. ^ a b Zhou, Jing (2004). DDLS: Extending Open hypermedia Systems into Peer-to-Peer Environments (PhD thesis). University of Southampton. 
  21. ^ a b De Roure, David (1990). A Lisp environment for modelling distributed systems (PhD thesis). University of Southampton. 
  22. ^ http://wam.bcs.org/wam/memberdirectory.aspx?letter=D&grade=CBCS Register of Members, BCS
  23. ^ http://wam.bcs.org/wam/memberdirectory.aspx?letter=D&grade=CMEMB
  24. ^ Oxford e-research Centre.
  25. ^ http://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/institutes/future_computing Institute for the Future of Computing
  26. ^ "Dave De Roure — OeRC". Retrieved 2012-06-15. 
  27. ^ De Roure, D.; Hendler, J. A. (2004). "E-Science: The grid and the Semantic Web". IEEE Intelligent Systems. 19: 65. doi:10.1109/MIS.2004.1265888. 
  28. ^ http://www.wolfson.ox.ac.uk/content/1184-prof-david-de-roure
  29. ^ David De Roure's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database, a service provided by Elsevier. (subscription required)
  30. ^ http://users.ecs.soton.ac.uk/ph/
  31. ^ "David De Roure, University of Southampton". Archived from the original on 2012-08-23. 
  32. ^ De Roure, D.; Goble, C.; Stevens, R. (2009). "The design and realisation of the myExperiment Virtual Research Environment for social sharing of workflows". Future Generation Computer Systems. 25 (5): 561–567. doi:10.1016/j.future.2008.06.010. 
  33. ^ Roure, D. D.; Goble, C.; Bhagat, J.; Cruickshank, D.; Goderis, A.; Michaelides, D.; Newman, D. (2008). "MyExperiment: Defining the Social Virtual Research Environment": 182–189. doi:10.1109/eScience.2008.86. 
  34. ^ a b De Roure, D.; Goble, C. (2009). "Software Design for Empowering Scientists". IEEE Software. 26: 88–95. doi:10.1109/MS.2009.22. 
  35. ^ De Roure, D.; Jennings, N. R.; Shadbolt, N. R. (2003). "The Semantic Grid: A Future e-Science Infrastructure". Grid Computing. Wiley Series in Communications Networking & Distributed Systems. p. 437. doi:10.1002/0470867167.ch17. ISBN 0470853190. 
  36. ^ De Roure, D.; Jennings, N. R.; Shadbolt, N. R. (2005). "The Semantic Grid: Past, Present, and Future". Proceedings of the IEEE. 93 (3): 669. doi:10.1109/JPROC.2004.842781. 
  37. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic Search
  38. ^ David De Roure's publications indexed by Google Scholar
  39. ^ David De Roure at DBLP Bibliography Server
  40. ^ Middleton, S. E.; Shadbolt, N. R.; De Roure, D. C. (2004). "Ontological user profiling in recommender systems". ACM Transactions on Information Systems. 22: 54. doi:10.1145/963770.963773. 
  41. ^ "Winnie-the-Pooh". 
  42. ^ Roure, D. D. (2010). "E-Science and the Web". Computer. 43 (5): 90–90. doi:10.1109/MC.2010.133. 
  43. ^ http://sociam.org/ SOCIAM
  44. ^ http://www.w3.org/community/webobservatory/ Web Observatories
  45. ^ Grants Awarded to Dave de Roure by the EPSRC
  46. ^ UK e-Infrastructure Academic User Community Forum, September 2012
  47. ^ http://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-web-semantics/editorial-board
  48. ^ http://www.ubiquitypress.com/advisoryboard
  49. ^ http://www.force11.org/about
  50. ^ http://www.whats-the-score.org
  51. ^ Ukulele.