Rob Procter is Professor of Social Informatics in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Warwick.
Previously he was Director of the Manchester eResearch Centre at Manchester University. His research interests lie in the study of the uses individuals and organisations make of distributed digital systems. A major part of his work in the last 10 years has focused on the development of computational research infrastructure, tools and methods for analysising 'big data'. Recently, he has been applying these tools and methods to the study of social media.
Rob led a multidisciplinary team to work with the Guardian/LSE on the Reading the Riots project, which analysed tweets sent during the August 2011 UK riots, with a particular emphasis on the examination of social media and the propagation of rumours. His ongoing research on social media analytics includes the development of a scalable social media nalytics platform as part of the JISC and ESRC supported Collaborative Online Social Media Observatory (COSMOS), a study of 'hate speech' in social media and the use of social media to build statistical models of social phenomena.
Rob is widely published in this field, he is editor of the Health Informatics Journal and a member of the editorial boards of the Enterprise Information Management Journal and the International Journal of Distributed Systems and Technologies.