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Resilience for Cyber-Physical Energy Systems
01/05/2022 → 30/04/2024

Pozibot: Quantum-secured remote monitoring and data logging technology that enables a dynamic insured warranty for battery packs
01/03/2019 → 31/05/2021

5th Generation Rural Integrated Testbed
02/04/2018 → 29/03/2019

5GRIT : 5G Rural Integrated Testbed
01/04/2018 → 30/09/2019

Enable Ancillary Services bY Renewable Energy Sources
01/03/2018 → 31/12/2021

Enable Ancillary Services by Renewable Energy Sources (EASY-RES)
01/03/2018 → 31/12/2021

SL: Upside Energy Ltd (KTP)
01/03/2018 → 29/02/2020

NG-CDI : Next Generation Converged Digital infrastructure
01/11/2017 → 31/10/2023

INITIATE : UK Interconnected Test Beds to support a research and innovation internet evironment
01/02/2017 → 31/01/2021

Resilient communication services protecting end-user applications from disaster-based failures
01/03/2016 → 29/02/2020

Cyber Security of the Internet of Things
29/02/2016 → …

Cyber Security of the Internet of things
28/02/2016 → 31/08/2019

A Situation Aware Information Infrastructure
02/11/2015 → 04/09/2017

Research Investment Equipment Grant
09/03/2015 → 31/03/2015

Secure Architectures of Future Emerging Cryptography (SAFECrypto)
01/01/2015 → 31/12/2018

MUMBA: Multi-faceted Metrics for ICS Business Risk Analysis
01/10/2014 → 31/12/2017

Towards Ultimate Convergence of All Networks (TOUCAN)
11/08/2014 → 10/08/2019

Towards Ultimate Convergence of all Networks (TOUCAN)
11/08/2014 → 31/12/2020

Establish a Pan-European Information Space to Enhance Security of Citizens (EPISECC)
01/06/2014 → 31/10/2017

Research Activity

Computer networking is a core part of the internet of today. It fundamentally underpins the consumption of many services that we take for granted, including social media, video-on-demand and gaming.

We have a diverse range of interests, including developing cutting-edge computer networking technologies, understanding new deployment contexts and ensuring that both of these are done safely and securely. We underpin our work with rigorous scientific methodology and evaluation.

The explosion in these services has led to a growth in the requirements of the networks that they rely upon. The need to grow in capacity, become more efficient and deliver a better quality of service is higher than ever - computer networking is key to addressing this demand.

Networks are diverse, and the list of technologies keeps growing. The research group has an interest in a number of these, including packet-based, wireless, optical, mobile and sensor network technologies.

Together, these technologies form part of the future internet, and the group's primary aim is to discover how this is built. This research includes an all-encompassing architecture and design, and the challenges that we face in this.

The group’s work also focuses on the need for new flexible and virtualised technologies to support this expansion. This includes understanding how potentially diverse networks and services interact together and how they can be better combined and managed for the benefit of operators and users alike.


We participate and host several testbed facilities, some of which are located solely at Lancaster University. Others systems are federated facilities connected to partners in the UK, the EU and the rest of the world.

These enable the evaluation of technologies and systems in environments similar to those in production networks. Working with techniques in this way is key to creating realistic and genuine assessments that have real-world implications.

Specific examples include a multi-site testbed used as a tool to understand multi-domain technology convergence in the future Internet. We complement this with local IPv6 and software-defined networking testbeds that give researchers the flexibility to work and experiment in an unconstrained environment.

Research Areas

We shed light on the advantages of network virtualisation and OpenFlow for large enterprise organisations. This event helped senior network, technology and business leaders to make informed technology planning and investment decisions as they transition towards virtualised networking. It also enabled professionals charged with purchasing, deploying and transforming their network architecture to define and justify the business case for SDN implementation.

Recent Projects

  • 5GRIT

    The 5GRIT project is one of six projects chosen to represent the best of UK innovation, resources and expertise. The six chosen projects were announced by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sports (DCMS) on the 1st Anniversary of its Digital Strategy, as part of the government’s £1 billion commitment to keep Britain at the forefront of connectivity by accelerating the deployment of next generation digital infrastructure and driving forward new 5G business opportunities.

  • AI4ME

    The BBC and EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) have joined together with the University of Surrey & Lancaster University to develop the future of personalised media, and help transform the UK's media industry at scale using AI and Object-Based Media (OBM) The partnership builds on the BBC’s pioneering work in OBM and its ability to run large-scale trials with its audience and programme content. Lancaster University’s expertise in software-defined networking will develop adaptive systems for delivery of personalised experiences to millions of people whilst maintaining cost and energy efficiency.

  • MANY

    The Mobile Access North Yorkshire (MANY) project is one of seven Rural Connected Communities projects funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport as part of the wider 5G testbed and trials programme. MANY is exploring how mobile access can connect people thereby improving lives and wellbeing.

  • Next Generation Converged Digital Infrastructure

    An ambitious programme geared to create a radically new architecture for the UK’s internet and telecommunications infrastructure. Its strength lies in its multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder approach to bring innovative solutions to developing the infrastructure within a rapidly changing society.

  • 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.

  • Multi-Platform Application Toolkit

    The goal of the Multi-Platform Application Toolkit (MPAT) is to open up the emerging possibilities of hybrid TV to content producers, by providing an easy-to-use authoring tool for the creation of interactive multimedia applications.