Welcome to the Networking Research Group’s wiki

Research Areas

Software-defined Networks and Systems

Our work in this area including applying software-defined networking techniques to new domains, such as content delivery, smart grids and network monitoring.

The flexibility and control granted by software-defined networking has been matched with similar advancements in the services and infrastructures that support networks. We are interested in how these can be built in secure and resilient ways, as well as tackling complex challenges, such as fairness and pricing in the face of increasing demand.

Networked Media Systems

We have also focused on understanding and advancing the ways in which media content is stored, cached and delivered using the future internet. This includes work around scalable networks built specifically to meet the enormous demand for content, as well as the technology used by the clients and servers used to distribute this in a way which adapts to fluctuations in network condition.

Distributed Embedded Systems

The Networking group also has interests in Wireless Sensor Networks and Cyber Physical Systems. Most computer systems surrounding us in our daily life are no longer the traditional personal computers but embedded devices. Recently, these embedded devices have become increasingly networked together to form distributed embedded systems.

Examples of networked embedded systems are home automation systems, physical intrusion detection systems, smart cities or wireless sensor systems for factory automation. The group’s work looks at communication mechanisms and software used to construct these systems. An important aspect of this work is to deploy and test systems in real-world application scenarios.

Network Management, Security and Resilience

The Networking group’s work in this area includes investigating the management and security of home networks and IoT deployments, as well as large-scale networks such as those operated by Internet service providers. Other, more unusual contexts, include those faced by emergency services crews in highly mobile and changeable environments.

This broad scope of deployments has been matched with a consideration for the resiliency and privacy I these cases. This includes monitoring networks in near real-time, diagnosing and addressing potential issues, and understanding the complex interactions between different actors and layers of these systems.

Research Projects and Affiliations

TOUCAN Network

TOUCAN aims to achieve ultimate network convergence enabled by a radically new technology agnostic architecture targeting a wide range of applications and end users. This architecture will facilitate optimal interconnection of any network technology domains, networked devices and data sets with high flexibility, resource and energy efficiency.

NG-CDI

An ambitious programme geared to create a radically new architecture for the UK’s internet and telecommunications infrastructure. This £5M EPSRC and BT Prosperity Partnership is a collaborative partnership with the Universities of Lancaster, Bristol, Cambridge and Surrey and BT. Its strength lies in its multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder approach to bring innovative solutions to developing the infrastructure within a rapidly changing society.

5GRIT

Affiliated Research Groups

We are closely related and work in partnership with a number of other research groups in InfoLab21 at Lancaster University School of Computing and Communications: