Dominic Rout

Research Associate, NLP Research Group, The University of Sheffield

Research Interests

  • Social Media summarisation
  • Modelling of Social Media users
  • Geolocation of anonymous profiles

Data Sets

The user location dataset from the Hypertext paper is available here. It is fully anonymous and contains locations for and friendships between over 200,000 users.

Recent Work

Where's @wally? A Graph Based Method for Geolocating Users in Social Networks Dominic Rout, Daniel Preotiuc-Pietro, Kalina Bontcheva and Trevor Cohn 2013 Read
24th ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media Cite
Reliably Evaluating Summaries of Twitter Timelines Dominic Rout, Kalina Bontcheva, Mark Hepple 2013 Read
AAAI Spring Symposium on Analysing Microtext Cite
Challenges in developing opinion mining tools for social media Diana Maynard, Kalina Bontcheva, Dominic Rout 2012 Read
@NLP can u tag #usergeneratedcontent?! workshop at LREC Cite
Petrodatabase: an on-line database for thin section ceramic petrography Patrick Quinn, Dominic Rout, Luke Stringer, Timothy Alexander, Alasdair Armstrong, Sam Olmsted 2011 Read
Journal of Archaeological Science Cite
Twitterati: Event Recognition in Social Streams (Dissertation Project) Dominic Rout, Mark Hepple 2011 Read
The University of Sheffield Cite

Other Stuff

I helped to create a virtual exhibition called "#love" as part of Sheffield's Festival of the Mind.

I am a long-standing folk musician and songwriter, and help to organise Open Space, an open mic night in the city.

I practise web development, sometimes with Ruby on Rails.

I maintain a GitHub account and occassionally contribute to open source software.

About Me

I am a University of Sheffield researcher at the Natural Language Processing Group, in the Department of Computer Science.

I am supervised by Dr Kalina Bontcheva and Dr Mark Hepple.

Room G28
The Department of Computer Science
Regent Court
211 Portobello
S1 4DP
United Kingdom


I completed my BEng in Software Engineering at the University of Sheffield in 2011.

I was born in Hull and finished my early education there. I have this in common with many notable historical figures.