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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 currently the principal investigator at Lancaster of the MPAT EU project and the co-investigator of the EPSRC TOUCAN Programme Grant. Previously I was the principal investigator at Lancaster of the FI-CONTENT2, STEER, GN3plus, Fed4FIRE, OFELIA and P2P-Next EU projects. 

PhD supervision

SDN, Content Distribution, IPTV, Social TV, Security, NFV


Prof. Nicholas Race is a Professor of Networked Systems within the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University. He has published over 90 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).

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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