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Professor Gordon Blair

Distinguished Professor

Gordon Blair


Tel: +44 1524 510303

Research overview

My core research focuses on the area of distributed systems and, more specifically, on the middleware architectures that underpin complex distributed systems applications and services. This includes examination of key distributed properties such as interoperability and how this can be achieved in the complex and dynamic distributed systems of today.

I have a strong interest in more applied areas of computing including how innovations in distributed systems, for example cloud computing and ubiquitous computing, can support environmental scientists in tackling global problems such as climate change. I also have interests in more general applicability of digital innovation in the digital economy.

My Role

Director of the HighWire Centre for Doctoral Training


Gordon Blair is a Distinguished Professor of Distributed Systems in the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University and is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Tromsø in Norway. He has published over 300 papers in his field and is on the PCs of many major international conferences in middleware and distributed systems. He is also chair of the steering committee of the ACM/ IFIP/ Usenix Middleware series of conferences. His current research interests include distributed systems architecture, middleware (including reflective and adaptive middleware),  model-driven engineering techniques applied to adaptive distributed systems, and the applicability of contemporary distributed systems technologies (including cloud computing and the Internet of Things) to environmental science. He is co-author of the highly successful book Distributed Systems: Concepts and Design by Coulouris, Dollimore, Kindberg and Blair with the 5th edition published in 2011. He is also Director of the HighWire Centre for Doctoral Training, a PhD programe taking a cross-disciplinary perspective on innovation as it relates to the digital economy, and is co-editor in chief of Springer's Journal of Internet Services and Applications.

Current Teaching

CSc 253: Distributed Systems (Undergraduate) 
CSM 02: Advanced Distributed Systems (Masters)

Career Details

Academic qualifications:

Ph.D. Computer Science, Strathclyde 1983

B.Sc. Computer Science, Strathclyde 1980 (1st Class Hons)


Professor of Distributed Systems, School of Computing and Communications, Lancaster University, 1996 to present

Professional Role

Chair of the Steering Committee of the ACM/ IFIP/ USENIX Middleware Series of Conferences from April 2005 to date (and member of the steering committee since co-founding the event in 1998).

Co Editor-in-Chief, Springer Journal of Internet Systems and Applications (JISA), Sept. 2009 to date.

Member of the Editorial Board of Software and Systems Models (SoSyM), Springer, December 2006 to date.

Member of the Editorial Board of Software: Practice and Experience, June 2007 to date.


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