Dr. Nicholas Race, Senior Lecturer

Dr. Nicholas Race, Senior Lecturer

Contact Details

Phone: +44 1524 510123
Physical address:
Office D14, InfoLab21
Lancaster University
Lancaster LA1 4WA
United Kingdom

Dr. Nicholas Race

Dr Nicholas Race is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University, and works jointly with Information Systems Service (ISS) under the umbrella of the Network Research and Special Projects Unit (NRSP). The group was established in 2003 to enhance research partnerships and conduct innovative, yet practical-based research. He has published over 50 refereed papers in the areas of autonomic (or cognitive) wireless mesh networks, mobile and ubiquitous computing, and modern approaches to the delivery of multimedia content (including the use of caching techniques, content delivery networks, QoS and P2P solutions). He is a technical programme committee member for many international conferences and workshops, including IDMS, MIPS, MMNS, ICETE, WINSYS, GridNets, GOBS and MCCSIS. He has received both the University's Commercialisation Prize (for overseeing the development of the IPv6 protocol stack with Microsoft) and the Community Prize (for the ongoing work in Wray).

Research Interests

Nick's research interests lie principally within the following areas:

- Wireless Mesh Networks, specifically the associated technical platforms and management infrastructure. More recently the focus has been on issues relating to security, developing intrusion/anomaly detection techniques and appropriate remediation strategies (e.g. OpenLIDS presented at MobiCom 2009).

- P2P and Content Distribution Networks, with particular emphasis on the design of overlay networks to support heterogeneity (as exemplified within our work on Stealth DHTs and Swarm).

He is the principal investigator at Lancaster of P2P-Next, a EUR19 million pan-European project consisting of 21 industrial partners, media content providers and research institutions. The project aims to identify the potential uses of peer-to-peer (P2P) technology for Internet Television of the future (see http://www.p2p-next.org).

Research themes: Communications and networking, Computer systems, Computing, Communications and ICT

Select Publications

  • Mu, Mu, Ishmael, J., Knowles, W., Rouncefield, M., Race, N., Stuart, M. and Wright, G. P2P-based IPTV Services: Design, Deployment and QoE Measurement. In IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, n/a (n/a): In press, 2012. DOI  BibTeX
  • Mitchell, K., Jones, A., Ishmael, J. and Race, N. J. P. Social TV: The impact of social awareness on content navigation within IPTV systems. In Computers in Entertainment (CIE), 9 (3), 2011. DOI  BibTeX
  • Hugelshofer, F., Smith, P., Hutchison, D. and Race, N. J. P. OpenLIDS: a lightweight intrusion detection system for wireless mesh networks. In Proceedings of the 15th Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (MobiCom 2009), pages 309-320, ACM, 2009. DOI  BibTeX
  • Ishmael, J., Bury, S., Pezaros, D. and Race, N. Deploying rural community wireless mesh networks. In IEEE Internet Computing, 12 (4): 22-29, 2008. DOI  BibTeX

Full list of publications

Current Teaching

Teaching duties for the 2012/2013 academic year: