Professor Nicholas RaceProfessor of Networked Systems
Nicholas Race is Professor of Networked Systems at Lancaster University. His research focuses on developing future networking services built upon Software Defined Networks and Network Functions Virtualisation. This includes new techniques to enhance the Quality of Experience of media streaming and support for the detection and remediation of network anomalies. He leads NG-CDI - a new EPSRC/BT funded project that aims to develop a future network that is “autonomic”, with the capability to react and reconfigure infrastructure accordingly with minimal human intervention.
My research area is experimental networking and networked media. More specifically, this includes:
- Software Defined Networks (SDN), developing network-aware caching solutions that utilise emerging SDN technology (examples of this include the recent work on OpenCache).
- Networking Testbeds / Wireless Mesh Networking; particularly 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).
- Media Delivery (IPTV and Content Distribution); particularly studies of media consumption and system streaming behaviour patterns (e.g. recent work published at ACM Multimedia 2014).
I am the principal investigator of NG-CDI, an EPSRC/BT funded Prosperity Partnership. I am also the principal investigator at Lancaster of 5GRIT & INITIATE, and co-investigator of the EPSRC TOUCAN Programme Grant. Previously I was the principal investigator at Lancaster of the MPAT, FI-CONTENT2, STEER, GN3plus, Fed4FIRE, OFELIA and P2P-Next EU projects.
For the academic year 2017/2018:
SCC306: Internet Applications Engineering
SCC365: Advanced Networking
Doctor of Philisophy (2000)
1st Class B.Sc. Hons in Computer Science, Lancaster (1996)
Professor, School of Computing and Communications, Lancaster University, 2017 - present
Reader in Networking, School of Computing and Communications, Lancaster University, 2015 - 2017
Senior Lecturer, School of Computing and Communications, Lancaster University, 2008 - 2015
Lecturer, Computing Department & ISS, Lancaster University, 2003 - 2008
Research Lecturer, Computing Department, Lancaster University, 2001 - 2003
Research Assistant, Computing Department, Lancaster University, 2000 - 2001
Editorial board member of Computer Communications
Programme Co-Chair of DE2013: Open Digital
PC Member of key conferences in my field: ACM Multimedia, Multimedia Systems (MMSys), EWSDN
PhD Supervision Interests
Software Defined Networks (SDN), Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV), Network Orchestration, Network Monitoring, Network Security, Fog / Edge Computing, P4.
Selected Publications Show all 96 publications
Closing the gap: human factors in cross-device media synchronization
Mu, M., Fawcett, L., Bird, J., Trench-Jellicoe, J.M.E., Simpson, S., Stokking, H., Race, N.J.P. 02/2017 In: IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing. 11, 1, p. 180-195. 16 p.
REF: Enabling Rapid Experimentation of Contextual Network Traffic Management using Software Defined Networking
Fawcett, L., Mu, M., Hareng, B., Race, N.J.P. 14/07/2017 In: IEEE Communications Magazine. 55, 7, p. 144-150. 7 p.
Network service orchestration standardization: a technology survey
Rotsos, C., King, D., Farshad, A., Bird, J., Fawcett, L., Georgalas, N., Gunkel, M., Shiomoto, K., Wang, A., Mauthe, A.U., Race, N.J.P., Hutchison, D. 11/2017 In: Computer Standards and Interfaces. 54, 4, p. 203-215. 13 p.
A scalable user fairness model for adaptive video streaming over SDN-assisted future networks
Mu, M., Broadbent, M., Farshad, A., Hart, N., Hutchison, D., Ni, Q., Race, N. 1/08/2016 In: IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications. 34, 8, p. 2168-2184. 17 p.
Using software defined networking to enhance the delivery of video-on-demand
Georgopoulos, P., Broadbent, M., Farshad, A., Plattner, B., Race, N. 15/09/2015 In: Computer Communications. 69, p. 79-87. 9 p.
P2P-Based IPTV Services: Design, Deployment, and QoE Measurement
Mu, M., Ishmael, J., Knowles, W., Rouncefield, M., Race, N., Stuart, M., Wright, G. 1/12/2012 In: IEEE Transactions on Multimedia. 14, 6, p. 1515-1527. 13 p.
5GRIT : 5G Rural Integrated Testbed
01/04/2018 → 30/03/2019
NG-CDI : Next Generation Converged Digital infrastructure
01/11/2017 → 31/10/2022
INITIATE : UK Interconnected Test Beds to support a research and innovation internet evironment
01/02/2017 → 31/01/2021
Towards Ultimate Convergence of all Networks (TOUCAN)
11/08/2014 → 10/08/2019
01/11/2013 → 31/12/2014
FP7: GN3plus: Cross-site Evaluation of an OpenFlow assisted Video-on-Demand Distribution Service
24/10/2013 → 31/03/2015
FP7: FI Content 2: Future media Internet for large-scale CONTENT experimentation 2
01/04/2013 → 31/03/2015
FP7: OFELIA open flow in Europe: Linking infrastructure & applications
01/09/2012 → 30/09/2013
FP7: STEER; Social Telemedia Environment for Experimental research
01/09/2012 → 30/11/2014
Telling Tales of Engagement: The Wray Broadband Project
01/06/2012 → 30/11/2013
Towards socially aware content centric networking
01/10/2011 → 30/09/2014
DART: Digital Advanced Rural Testbed
01/02/2011 → 31/07/2013
01/01/2010 → 30/06/2013
01/01/2008 → 30/04/2012
Trials of mobile IP functionality and applications
01/12/2007 → 30/11/2008
Towards robust attack detection in wireless mesh networks
01/11/2007 → 31/03/2008
01/07/2006 → 31/07/2012
Wray Broadband Project
01/01/2004 → …
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MPAT: Multi-platform Application Toolkit
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- Security Lancaster
- Security Lancaster (Academic Centre of Excellence)
- Security Lancaster (Cyber Security)