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Professor Nicholas Race

Professor of Networked Systems

Nicholas Race




Tel: +44 1524 510123

Research overview

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. 

PhD supervision

Software Defined Networks (SDN), Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV), Network Orchestration, Network Monitoring, Network Security, Fog / Edge Computing, P4.


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.

Current Teaching

For the academic year 2017/2018:

SCC306: Internet Applications Engineering

SCC365: Advanced Networking

Career Details

Academic Qualifications:

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

Professional Role

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

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