Pervasive technologies provide exciting new opportunities for monitoring the natural environment, such as measurement of water levels and air pollution. The FloodNet system, sponsored by the Department for Trade and Industry as part of the Next Wave Technologies and Markets Programme, and developed by the Centre for Pervasive Computing in the Environment, is investigating the use of pervasive computing and Grid technology to provide early warning of possible floods.
David De Roure is a Professor of Computer Science in the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton, UK, where he leads the Department's Grid and Pervasive Computing activities. A founding member of the Intelligence, Agents, Multimedia Group, his current research interest is the application of advanced knowledge technologies to both Grid and pervasive computing. He has a leading international role in Semantic Grid research, is involved in the UK e-Science programme and European Grid activities, and is a member of the Steering Group of the Global Grid Forum. David has worked for many years with distributed information systems and has also been active in the Web and hypertext communities.