David De Roure is a Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton, UK, where he leads the Department's Grid and Pervasive Computing team. A founding member of the Intelligence, Agents, Multimedia Group, his current research interest is the application of advanced knowledge technologies to distributed systems: his projects focus on pervasive computing, ambient intelligence and the Semantic Grid.
His pervasive computing activities include the Equator project, which is a large interdisciplinary research collaboration exploring the convergence of physical and digital worlds. He is Director of the UK's NextWave Centre for Pervasive Computing in the Environment, and a partner in the FEEL project within the Disappearing Computer Initiative.
David has worked for many years with distributed information systems and has been active in the hypertext community; he is a member of the Advisory Committee of the World Wide Web Consortium, he was Programme Co-Chair of the WWW2002 Conference and is involved in current Web standards activities including the OWL Web Ontology Language. Previously he has worked with the Amorphous Computing project at MIT, where biological ideas were applied to large scale pervasive systems, and as a research fellow at British Telecom Laboratories.
Within the Grid computing world David leads the Semantic Grid initiative and he is also investigating the use of knowledge technologies to enhance real-time collaboration between e-Scientists. He is chair of the Semantic Grid Research Group in the Global Grid Forum.