David De Roure

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David De Roure
David De Roure
David Charles De Roure

(1962-09-03) 3 September 1962 (age 56)
North London, England
Known forSignificant Contributions to e-Research[citation needed]
AwardsFellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS)
Scientific career
FieldsDigital humanities
Computational musicology
Semantic web
Scientific workflow systems
InstitutionsUniversity of Oxford
University of Southampton
ThesisA Lisp environment for modelling distributed systems (1990)
Doctoral advisorDavid 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]

David Charles De Roure PhD[21] FBCS[22] MIMA CITP[23] is a Professor of e-Research at the University of Oxford, where he was Director of the Oxford e-Research Centre (OeRC)[24] from 2012-17. From 2009 to 2013 he held the post of National Strategic Director for e-Social Science.[25][26][27] and was subsequently a Strategic Advisor to the UK Economic and Social Research Council [28] in the area of new and emerging forms of data and realtime analytics. He is a supernumerary Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford.[29][30] and Oxford Martin School Senior Fellow.[31]


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[32] 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[33] 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 was closely involved in the UK e-Science programme and is best known for the myExperiment website for sharing scientific workflows and research objects, as well as the Semantic Grid initiative, the UK's Open Middleware Infrastructure Institute (OMII-UK) and its successor, the Software Sustainability Institute. De Roure was the Director of Envisense, the DTI Next Wave Centre for Pervasive Computing in the Environment, from 2003-5. He moved to the Oxford e-Research Centre in July 2010.

In 2009 he was appointed as the National Strategic Director for e-Social Science by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and subsequently held the post of Strategic Advisor in the area of new and emerging forms of data and realtime analytics, leading to the commissioning of projects under phase 3 of the Big Data Network.[34]

His personal research interests[35][36][37] include e-Research and Computational musicology and his projects build on Semantic Web,[38] 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.[39]

Characteristically his work focuses on the 'long tail' of researchers[40] through adoption of user-centric methodologies.[41] He currently works on Social Machines,[42] Digital Humanities, Experimental Humanities, and Internet of Things.[43] De Roure is also a member of the Scientific Council of the Web Science Trust.

Prior to e-Science he worked on projects such as What's the Score,[44] and in areas such as 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, FORCE 2015,[46][47] Web Science 2015,[48] and the Digital Humanities Oxford Summer School series.[49] He is chair of the PETRAS conference “Living in the Internet of Things” in 2018.[50] 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 bass 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. ^ "Dave De Roure – OeRC". Retrieved 15 June 2012.
  26. ^ 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.
  27. ^ "Research Councils UK".
  28. ^ "Research Councils UK".
  29. ^ http://www.wolfson.ox.ac.uk/content/1184-prof-david-de-roure
  30. ^ David De Roure's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  31. ^ https://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/about/people/central-team/
  32. ^ http://users.ecs.soton.ac.uk/ph/
  33. ^ "David De Roure, University of Southampton". Archived from the original on 23 August 2012.
  34. ^ "ESRC".
  35. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic
  36. ^ David De Roure publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  37. ^ David De Roure at DBLP Bibliography Server Edit this at Wikidata
  38. ^ 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.
  39. ^ "Winnie-the-Pooh".
  40. ^ Roure, D. D. (2010). "E-Science and the Web". Computer. 43 (5): 90–90. doi:10.1109/MC.2010.133.
  41. ^ De Roure, D.; Goble, C. (2009). "Software Design for Empowering Scientists". IEEE Software. 26: 88–95. doi:10.1109/MS.2009.22.
  42. ^ http://sociam.org/ SOCIAM
  43. ^ "PETRAS".
  44. ^ http://www.whats-the-score.org
  45. ^ Grants Awarded to Dave de Roure by the EPSRC
  46. ^ "FORCE11".
  47. ^ UK e-Infrastructure Academic User Community Forum, September 2012
  48. ^ "The Association for Computing Machinery".
  49. ^ "The University of Oxford".
  50. ^ "The Institution of Engineering and Technology".